May 25, 2021
Beginning on May 3rd, VENZA challenged their two 25-person teams to log in their daily steps with a team goal to reach the heights of Mt Everest daily (85,000+ steps) for 21 days straight. The VENZA Summit Challenge raised funds and awareness for the combat-wounded veteran families that Wounded Warriors Family Support serves. 21 days was selected as the amount of time to develop a new healthy habit.
“So, how did it all work? Across 21 days, which is the number of days it takes an extraordinary person to form a new goal, employees used a variety of tools to track and calculate their steps and activities, challenging themselves to get up and move more throughout the day. Many of VENZA’s employees have been teleworking during the COVID epidemic, and they appreciated the encouragement to be less sedentary. The friendly competition kept things interesting, as some folks even danced or moved while they worked. In all, no one was disqualified for putting a step tracker on their dog. The teams, made up of Team J (Jeff and Josh) and Team D (Daniel and David), set a goal of reaching 85,000 steps per day. This was considered “reaching Everest,” since it takes 85,238 steps to climb Mount Everest. Participants played up their competitive streak on social media using the hashtag #climbeveresteveryday. Individuals could reach personal goals, too, which aligned with VENZA’s branded products. Everest equaled 10,000 steps, while Denali was 7,500 and Matterhorn was 5,000 steps.
So how did VENZA’s employees measure up, besides raising $3,500 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support? Together, they walked, jogged, danced or participated in activities totaling to a whopping 4,798,395 steps! They far surpassed the daily goal of climbing Everest by averaging 228,495 steps per day.”
“We wanted to put together a fun team-building event that would not only benefit our company and our employees, but also the greater community,” said Jeff Venza, Chairman and CEO of VENZA. “I think the VENZA Summit Challenge did just that. I’m looking forward to seeing what our next challenge will be.”
Thank you to all those who participated and donated to the VENZA Summit Challenge!!! You can read more about the VENZA Summit Challenge in their press release.
Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. This organization is run by combat veterans for combat veterans. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot.