Move over, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers. There’s a new three-peat team on the scene. On Jan. 24, SpareFoot captured the gold medal at the Austin Startup Games for the third year in a row.
SpareFoot achieved the three-peat feat by trouncing teams from 15 other Austin startups in the 11-game clash, featuring ping pong, foosball, beer pong, flip cup, Pop-A-Shot, darts, shuffleboard, Connect 4, trivia, liar’s dice and a mystery event. SpareFoot took home gold medals in five of the 11 “sports” and racked up 28 points overall.
Boundless Network came in second place (10 points), while Home Improvement Leads nailed down the No. 3 spot (9 points).
“I’m so proud of our team. We completely crushed it this weekend at the Startup Games. Our athletes performed like the true champions they are, and allowed us to take home overall gold and nearly $20,000 for Kure It Cancer Research,” said Chuck Gordon, co-founder and CEO of SpareFoot.
Each startup that participates in the Startup Games gains money for its designated charity, with the most cash going to the first-place team.
SpareFoot’s charity, Kure It, raises money for research into kidney cancer and other “underfunded” cancers. To date, SpareFoot has raised close to $63,000 for the nonprofit organization.
“I think the victory is just a testament to the type of people who make up SpareFoot. You win the Startup Games two years in row, and some may attribute it to luck,” said RJ Gossett (pictured at top), a member of our Client Relations Team and leader of our gold-plated trivia team. “You win it three years in a row, and you know it’s because you have a company made up of truly talented and dedicated individuals.”
Here are the five gold-medal winners from SpareFoot.
Flip cup: George Angulo, Dan Fey, Amy Hurd, Geni Glynn, Matt Stites, Jenny Zhang
“It’s such a variable game where literally anything can happen, but I had 100 percent faith in my team, and we did it once again without losing a single round,” said Glynn, a member of our People Department and leader of the flip cup team.
Foosball: John Durrett and Mario Feghali
Feghali, co-founder and chief sales officer of SpareFoot, said his family and friends have been hit hard by cancer. The startup competition gives SpareFoot “a chance to help prevent others from losing a loved one to cancer,” he said.
“We each have personal reasons for why we play, but I love that we can do this at SpareFoot as a team, competing for a chance to impact the lives of those who need our support,” Feghali added. “We’re all honored to be able to donate to Kure It for the third straight year.”
Pop-A-Shot: Skylar Talley
“It felt great to take home the gold for SpareFoot in the Pop-A-Shot competition,” said Talley, a member of our Product Team. “I was a bit worried when I arrived at the event because the machines were different from the one we have here at the office. But the hours spent practicing with my teammates over the last couple of months allowed me to adjust pretty easily.”
Shuffleboard: Brian Megless and Patrick Mizer
Paying homage to a classic post-game interview with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, Mizer, a member of our Development Team, said simply: “We did a good job of executing.”
Trivia: Michael Balagia, Erik Hlavaty, RJ Gossett, Elena Savastano (tie)
“For the trivia team, we’ve had a year of motivation built on last year’s fourth-place finish. We got all the redemption we needed with this year’s gold medal,” Gossett said.
Full of Pride
Scoring a silver medal in a thrilling finale were SpareFoot’s beer pong duo: Evan Huston and Michael Wright.
“We played against the same team from Boundless Networks for the third year in a row,” said Huston, a member of our Development Team. “We beat them the past two years, but this year, after they forced the game into triple overtime, they eventually pulled out the win. It was a close game. If we’re gonna miss gold, I’m happy it was against our rival in a triple overtime.”
Representing us in ping pong was Josh Lipton, while Chuck Gordon was SpareFoot’s player in liar’s dice. Kyle Shelton represented us in darts, Casey Wyatt connected for us in Connect 4, and Cory Michner competed in the mystery event (jousting).
Talley, our Pop-A-Shot champ, summed up SpareFoot’s gold-medal victory this way: “I left the games this weekend feeling so proud. I was proud of the Austin startup community for supporting the event with such enthusiasm, and I was especially proud of all of SpareFoot’s athletes and supporters.”