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Camraderie and Competition: P1 Employees Get Pumped for Another Kansas City Corporate Challenge

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P1 associates like Accounting Manager Morgan Lassise have been participating in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge for 15 years.

“It’s a truly unique event specific to the Kansas City area – most cities in the U.S. do not hold similar events,” Morgan said.

Kickball, tug-of-war, and archery may sound more like activities for a summer camp, but these are just a few of the events you can participate in at this year’s 45th Annual .

Feel like a kid again this spring, all while getting to know your co-workers.

P1 employees participating in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge over the years

“You might be surprised at how much fun you will have trying out new activities or revisiting activities you once enjoyed,” said P1 Sheet Metal Detailer James Daugherty.

Kansas City Corporate Challenge (KCCC) started in 1980 to promote interaction between different companies throughout Kansas City. It started with 18 companies and through the years has grown to 160 companies, with over 30,000 individual participants last year.

Not every city participates, but Kansas City is one of the lucky cities that does.

KCCC is all about fun and games, but they also give back to a local charity every year. KCCC partners with . Proceeds directly benefit their Program -- a mentorship community which helps build health, independence, and empowerment skills among youth throughout the Kansas City Metro Area.

This year’s theme is “Let’s Play!”, and in honor of the games’ 45th year, KCCC is bringing back archery - one of the original games.

Other sports range from team sports like flag football, softball, and tug of war, to individual categories such as swimming, track and field, and tennis.

P1 has been participating in the games since 2002, and people from every department in the company have participated, including P1 Construction CEO Bruce Belcher.

Bruce says when it comes to KCCC, be like Nike and “just do it.”

“I’m very competitive, and I like sporting events,” Bruce said. “But most of all, it’s fun to bring people from P1 together. If you’re not sure, just give it a try. No matter your athletic capabilities, there really is something for everyone.”

P1 employees in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge games

P1 associates over the many years of participation in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge, from left: Don Campbell, Tennille Tegeler and Sarah Garcia, Diana Korbe, Bret Faris and Alan Sparling, Morgan Lassise

Project Coordinator Diana Korbe says each year brings a new batch of great memories.

“Each year seems to bring new memories and good laughs with everyone who participates,” she said.

How well do you know your co-workers?

Play a whole day of softball together and you can find out. This is an excellent opportunity for employees - new and tenured - to get to know each other in a fun environment, outside of work.

“I’ve met other P1 employees that I normally wouldn’t interact with and formed new friendships and connections,” Project Coordinator Linda Scott said.

“I’ve been thankful that P1 has participated in KCCC since it started,” Morgan added. “Take the opportunity if you have a few open spots on your calendar to compete in an event, get to know a coworker or two, and have fun. It’s a really cool Kansas City experience.”

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