While the notorious Chicago winter is only now beginning to release its grip on the city, our Chopper Trading intramural teams have been anywhere but hunkered down in hibernation! On the contrary, quite a few employees have been taking advantage of the great indoors in order to stay active this winter.
For example, Chopper’s employee basketball team successfully made it to the play offs this year. As triumphant as they were during the season, the “Chopper Bucket Fills” unfortunately experienced uncharacteristically low shooting performance in the play offs. That said, they’re confident they will bounce back for a winning streak next season.
In the realm of e-sports, the Chopper team did very well and placed sixth out of 24 teams in Division 1. With the regular season completed, Chopper’s team will be participating the weekend of April 19-20 in the B-League playoff bracket – comprised of peers from some of the largest technology companies around the country – and playing for a pot of $1k for charity.
For those willing to brave the cold in preparation of milder weather, the Chopper soccer team has gotten rolling. Every Monday night, a group of our employees are out at Lincoln Park to take advantage of the turf field. In true Chopper fashion – I did name our company after my dog and we’re big supporters of pet philanthropic efforts – one of the players occasionally brings her dog, Oliver, to support the team. In a few weeks, our company softball team will also be playing at Lincoln Park one night per week.
By June, all of us will – hopefully – be enjoying the summer weather, and Chopper employees will be kicking off their shoes for beach volleyball. As one of the more popular sports around this office, Chopper usually has about three teams playing between leagues at Oak Street Beach and North Avenue Beach.