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Interstate Batteries Battery Bowl 2013

May 9th, 2013 by

If you’re looking for a job at Interstate Batteries, you should know this: We take our business very seriously. Ourselves? Not so much. This attitude was on display in our second annual Battery Bowl, where all of Interstate’s Dallas home office team members participated in a field day that featured silly games, team building and a big donation to charity.

Watch the recap below. Then read on for some of our favorite memories from the day:

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Plungers, Tricycles and Eggs: Battery Bowl Memories

What a colorful crowd! Team members gathered for a friendly competition of chicken chucking, possum punting and relay racing. The big reward? Five grand to their team's charities.

What a colorful crowd! Team members gathered for a friendly competition of chicken chucking, possum punting and relay racing. The big reward? Five grand to their team’s charities.

Battery Bowl is a day for Interstate Batteries employees to have fun while giving back to the community.

All the things we do each day to enrich the lives of stakeholders, the community and each other.

Here are (in no particular order) four Battery Bowl memories team members may never forget.

1. Scott’s New Pet, Pete the Possum

Former Interstate Batteries CEO Carlos Sepulveda told Scott things might change in his new role. These new friends, though, were not quite what he was expecting.

Former Interstate Batteries CEO Carlos Sepulveda told Scott things might change in his new role. These new friends, though, were not quite what he was expecting.

They may play dead when startled by predators, but stage-fright is completely foreign to Pete the Possum, Interstate Batteries CEO Scott Miller‘s Battery Bowl buddy.

On the field, Pete added his own special words to Scott’s speech in the opening ceremonies: “Good luck, and may the best team win.”

So, will Pete be next year’s Battery Bowl mascot? He told us, “Over my pretend-dead body.”

2. Perfect Day to Compete

Dallas’ first Battery Bowl was so humid that the gills on the fish mounted on Vice President Chris Antoniou’s wall started flapping.

The LINK team prepared for another scorching day, only to be greeted with a slightly chilly morning and a perfect afternoon.

The National Accounts team took the edge off the chilly start by offering hot chocolate. Fears of a “freeze out” thawed by Round Two of the games, and ice cream treats soothed every sweet tooth by the afternoon.

On a day of competitive charity, it’s a godsend that the weather decided to cooperate.

3. All Fun and Games

Rob Saenz shows  Pete and his possum pals how it's done.

Rob Saenz shows Pete and his possum pals how it’s done.

Eddie Deen’s provided a lunch of champions – hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixins. Just what competitors needed before heading into a gamut of skillful silly games.

Favorites like Foghorn Leghorn, ladder golf and fruit bocce ball returned to separate the whiners from the winners. Water balloon volleyball required more strategy, thanks to pillow case-sized mats. And competitors put the pedal to the metal in the new tricycle relay race.

The day moved quickly. Time may fly when you’re having fun. Maybe that’s the secret to launching a chicken in your bucket.

4. After Soft-Touched Catch, Crowd Goes Eggstatic!

One slip here could cost you the entire competition -- and put your pants in the cleaners. If anyone asks how Battery Bowl ended, just tell them it was a toss-up.

One slip here could cost you the entire competition — and put your pants in the cleaners. If anyone asks how Battery Bowl ended, just tell them it was a toss-up.

The egg toss was the showdown, the finale, big Battery Bowl scramble royale.

Not only was this a game of athletic skill (kudos to the team member who made that diving catch!), it required a delicate, tender touch. Egged on by competitors, hecklers and fellow team members, players got egg on their faces with every toss.

In fact, the end came so fast, it alarmed even the team member who made the winning catch, Charlie Brim. After Light Pink’s Scott Moore made the excellent, softball pitch, about five or six pairs of egg catchers lost their grip, leaving Charlie with the remaining whole egg.

“One of the people on our team said you have to receive it, to take it in,” Charlie said. “I just tried to give it as much cushion as possible.”

As the Advertising and Sponsorships Manager who fields numerous hard pitches to Interstate, Charlie is skilled at letting ‘em down gently.

The winning team chose to donate their $5,000 to Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

The winning team chose to donate their $5,000 to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Who was on the winning Light Pink Team?

  • Captain Regina Thorshov from IT
  • Charlie Brim from CCE
  • Scott Moore from DOIT
  • Scott Egbert from CAST
  • Charles Daniel from IOT
  • Derwin King from IT
  • Emily Vogel from NAC 
  • Steven Cornwall from PowerCare

Later, they will personally donate their winnings to Children’s Medical Center.

Want to join the team?

If the Interstate Batteries culture looks like a fit for you, check out our Interstate Batteries career board. As of this posting, we have more than 50 open positions. Maybe you’ll be the star of next year’s Battery Bowl!

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