Some of our employees here at Chopper Trading have found a way to apply their hobby of playing video games to further a philanthropic initiative.
Chopper Trading has joined an E-Sports After-Hours League, in which participants raise money from sponsors to compete in a video-game tournament; this approach is similar to gathering sponsors for a marathon or overnight charity walk. The Chopper Trading team is comprised of approximately 10 of our traders and developers, and this season they will compete against 50 teams from tech companies around the country, including industry giants like Amazon, Google, and Twitter.
This is another great way our firm can give back to the community. Most of the money raised in sponsorships by each team will go to a charity of that team’s choice. Chopper Trading’s sponsorship money will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. This non-profit has enabled the success of thousands of children around the country by matching them each with an adult mentor who can act as both a friend and an invaluable source of advice and guidance. Chopper already has a fantastic, established relationship with BBBS and we hope that our E-Sports program will only strengthen it.
While the E-Sports season has just started, I couldn’t be more pleased with members of the firm finding a way to make their hobby benefit the larger community!
CEO Raj Fernando believes in social responsibility and strong community involvement for Chopper Trading. Connect with Raj Fernando on LinkedIn to learn more about the organizations he supports.
While I am typically more excited about watching versus playing sports, a group of Chopper Trading employees enjoy a game of basketball every now and then, and together they participate in a basketball league organized by Chicago Sport and Social. With a team of about 15 players, these guys are veterans to the league. Their team name is “Chopper Bucket Fills,” which is a word play on a trading term. Our first game of the season kicks off this week. With seven games in the season, and potentially, three play-off games, these guys deserve kudos for making the effort to show up for games and keep the team going during this tough winter weather.
Employee participation in sports leagues is a way to raise awareness about the Chopper Trading brand in the Chicago area. When our employees go out, get involved in the community, and engage with other organizations while carrying the Chopper Trading name, it shows that Chopper Trading isn’t just a company that sits idly in Chicago; it’s a company that weaves itself into the fabric of our city and the community.
Our annual holiday party is a way to wish Chopper employees the very best for their holiday season. It brings the entire team together with friends and family to enjoy each other’s company, and to enjoy a crucial component of any holiday festivity: delicious food. We had a lively dinner, drinks, conversation and a band – Maggie Speaks – that encouraged people to get up and out of their chairs to dance.
The closing of the year reminds us to thank our fellow Chopper team members for their hard work, and tremendous growth and improvement that they have demonstrated throughout 2013 – even though their efforts have been appreciated every day. I have said it before and I’ll say it again; I am so proud to work with some of the smartest, hardest-working individuals in the industry.
Happy holidays to all!
2013 Chopper Trading Holiday Party | See more event photos on Raj Fernando’s Flickr photostream