SpareFoot participated in the seventh annual Austin Startup Games at Fair Market in East Austin on Saturday, January 12, competing against fourteen other local startups, including long-running rivals Aceable, uShip, Modernize and Trendkite.

This year SpareFoot placed second and are donating $10,000 to Breakthrough Central Texas. Modernize came in first place and will be donating $15,000 to GirlStart, and uShip placed third and will be donating $5,500 to CIS Central Texas. All other teams will be making a donation to their nonprofits of choice as well.

Breakthrough Central Texas builds a path through college, beginning in middle school, for students from low-income communities who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

The teams competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Beer Pong, Connect 4, Darts, Flip Cup, Foosball, Liar’s Dice, Mario Kart, Ping Pong, Dodgeball, Shuffle Board, Trivia and the annual Mystery Event.

“I’m really proud of the performance, effort, and teamwork we displayed in finishing second. I’m also excited that Modernize has presented us with a new goal when it comes to our talents and skills,” said RJ Gosset, Startup Games Co-Captain and SpareFoot Client Delivery Manager.

This year, SpareFoot earned gold medals in Shuffleboard and Mario Kart. SpareFoot earned silver medals in Foosball, Dodgeball and bronze medals in Flipcup and the Mystery Event, which was giant dart soccer.

Brooke Noden, Startup Games Co-Captain and Manager of People Operations, coordinated the relationship with Breakthrough Central Texas and has played an important role in choosing the new beneficiary.

“We chose Break Through Central Texas primarily because it’s focused on helping students here in our own backyard,” Noden stated. “We also wanted to invest in our community’s future, and Breakthrough Central Texas gives students every opportunity to succeed through mentoring, enrichment programs, internships and much more.”

Breakthrough Central Texas follows through the education process to ensure that each student finishes high school and graduates college.

“SpareFoot is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion efforts within the company, so we wanted our philanthropy to align with that mission,” Noden added. “We look forward to working directly with local Breakthrough students and helping pave their path to success.”

To date, SpareFoot has raised over $100,000 for nonprofit organizations from our winnings at the Startup Games.
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Christine Walsh