The Fuqua MBA Games were held April 19-21 in Durham, North Carolina. Harvard Business School this year renewed the tradition of sending a team of first and second year students to participate in the Games and the surrounding festivities. Both MBAs and athletes competed in a day of field events to benefits Special Olympics.
The effort to field a team from Harvard was lead by second years Greg Lissy and Chip Warner. Other participants included Ming Shu, Claudia Sender, Wayne Taitt, Bettina Whelan, Michelle Dietz, Martha Velando and Karin Larsen. MBA Student Life sponsored the team.
The event was a great chance to meet other MBAs and to be a part of a great cause. The Special Olympics of North Carolina provides year round sports training and athletic competition opportunities for more than 25,000 children and adults with mental retardation. The Special Olympics is an international organization with a goal for all persons with mental retardation to have a chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
The Games represent the end of a year of fundraising by the participating teams for Special Olympics North Carolina. The event, now in its 13th year, has donated over $1 million to Special Olympics North Carolina. The weekend ended with a banquet where Special Olympics received a donation of $200,000 as a result of this year’s efforts.
Events at the Games included a 5K road race around the Duke campus, a basketball shoot-out, the briefcase toss, and tug-of-war. Teams from Duke Fuqua, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, Darden, Tuck, Wharton, Georgetown, Chicago and Cornell were among those who participated.