When we – as a company – choose to sponsor an event or charity, we try to find a cause or organization that benefits the local Chicago community and has meaning to our team here at Chopper. Since Chopper Trading shares the city of Chicago with one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, sponsoring the 2013 Golf for the Bear tournament was a perfect fit!
The golf outing benefited the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research and pediatric care facilities through grants. The organization also strives to brighten the lives of child cancer patients by giving them “bear hugs”; these are customized support experiences that fulfill a wish of the child, and provide the family with immediate financial support, in addition to any other essential needs.
On June 13, three Chopper Trading employees volunteered to represent our firm, by presenting Bear Necessities with, what we hope will be, a helpful contribution. The trio also enjoyed a spectacular round of golf and a celebratory dinner at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Ill., just outside of Chicago. We could not have asked for better weather, or for a better reason to spend a day outdoors.
The most popular sport that we participate in, as a company, is volleyball. At any given match, there are almost two dozen Chopper team members taking to the beach. Interest is so high, in fact, that we have created three teams this season, however each team shares the same name – the Chopper Rough Sets. Of course, part of the appeal is that Chicago summers are so beautiful and they provide the perfect weather for being outside and active, especially after working a full day inside an office.
Intramural sports, such as volleyball, provide all of us with an opportunity to get up from the computer and have some fun – along with a little competition – with our fellow teammates, while enjoying being active and exercising in the beautiful city of Chicago.
The video below gives a brief look into what summer at Chopper and in Chicago is like, including some of the various activities available to residents and tourists alike. Check it out!
We are always striving to improve ourselves and excel in all that we do at Chopper Trading, both in the office and out. Corporate activities and outings, such as intramural sports, are an integral part of how we do this and our firm participates in a multitude of sports, including softball.
The Chopper softball team consists of 14 employees who are passionate about the game. Like our soccer team, our softball team also participates in the Chicago Sport and Social league and we play many of our games against other firms and friends in downtown Chicago.
The team’s secret to success is no practice! In all seriousness, the Chopper Warrior Poets never practice. The players often expend tremendous energy at work, and so the game is a way for them to relax, have fun and socialize.
The Warrior Poets’ season has concluded for the year, although they are very much looking forward to getting back out onto the field, to kick off the 2014 season. Hopefully we’ll see you out there next spring!