By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009
Proceeds from the RCYPO’s Amazing Race for Charity will benefit the Wildcats Special Olympics softball team.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a reality show-based event? Now is your chance to find out! The Rogers County Young Professionals Organization (RCYPO) is presenting the Amazing Race for Charity in Claremore, Oklahoma, and the event will feature elements of the popular television show. Many of the teams are made up of family members, work colleagues and friends, providing a broad range of participants.
“Anyone 16 years or older can participate,” says Kris Beyer of RCYPO. “Last year, we had nine teams; this year, our goal is to have 18, as this will mean an increase in money and awareness for the Wildcats Special Olympics softball team.”
The local version of the race takes place across Rogers County, with teams of four visiting landmarks and varied locations while completing different challenges and tasks to get the clues to the next destination. First, second and third place teams receive a trophy, all participants receive an Amazing Race T-shirt, and everyone has chances to win great door prizes. Proceeds will help sponsor the athletes in Rogers County that compete in the Special Olympics.
“The course is almost double the length of the race of last year,” says Kris. “It is an all-day event that provides an opportunity for good team-building exercises, having fun with family and friends, and supporting the Special Olympics Wildcat softball team. In the end, our Special Olympic athletes are the real winners.”
RCYPO hosts the event and is an organization made up of those who are determined to make things happen; indeed, the goal of the statewide chapters of the Young Professionals is to promote their cities’ strengths. They work with the city chambers to attract and keep young talent, raise funds for the support of the arts and attractions, sponsor events – music, art, sporting events – that will attract tourists, and work tirelessly to promote their cities and states. Young Professionals are looking for a superior quality of life. They look for a place to live first, and then they find or create jobs.
With the help of participants, volunteers and area businesses, RCYPO was able to donate $1,500 to the Wildcats last year. This money was used toward the team’s travel expenses and registration fees for the Oklahoma Special Olympics games in the spring.
The deadline for registration for the Amazing Race for Charity is September 15, 2009. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Claremore Expo Center on September 26. It is a wonderful day for people to come and compete, and just have fun. Afterwards, there is an outdoor dinner in which the winners are announced and the Wildcats are presented with the check.
For more information, individuals may visit the website www.rcypo.org or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.