Obetz wins its division in the Community Cup

By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer

Messenger photos by Katelyn Sattler
The City of Obetz tug-of-war team won handily against the Columbus Crew, only to fall to HomeTown Ticketing during the Community Cup contests held at Fortress Obetz on July 29.

The city of Obetz team was one of the winners at the annual Columbus Community Cup held at Fortress Obetz on July 29.

The Community Cup was hosted by Otterbein University in 2018 and 2019. Although the Community Cup has been held at Fortress Obetz since 2020, Obetz didn’t compete that year due to the COVID pandemic.

The Columbus Community Cup is a one day event where athletes from companies and organizations around the greater Columbus area compete. The team that wins each division gets to return the next year to defend the Cup.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission created The Community Cup, presented by The Columbus Foundation, to rally Central Ohio organizations to compete in contests for all skill levels. Participating companies build camaraderie among their team and promote the importance of physical fitness.

No grass grew under Obetz City Engineer Mike Corbitt’s feet as he participated in the running race at the Community Cup.

For the Community Cup, Companies were placed into divisions depending on the number of employees in the Columbus region offices:

•Division I was for companies with 1,001+ employees and included Safelite AutoGlass, Nationwide, Nisource/Columbia Gas, PNC, Amazon CMH1, and American Electric Power.

•Division II was for companies with 301-1,000 employees and included State Athletics, FST Logistics, Fifth Third Bank, AAA Auto Club, Morgan Stanley, Hollywood Casino, EMH&T, G&J Pepsi, and Ernst & Young.

•Division III was for companies with 101-300 employees and included Installed Building Products, Columbus Blue Jackets, Plante Moran, LAZ Parking, First Merchants Bank, and Mid-Ohio Food Collective.

•Division IV was for companies with under 100 employees and included the city of Obetz, Columbus Crew, HomeTown Ticketing, Red Roof, The Columbus Foundation, Oswald Companies, HNS Sports Group, Experience Columbus, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Columbus Partnership, Burns & McDonnell, and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.

Obetz Police Chief Mike Confer takes a break to toss a lacrosse ball during the Community Cup.

Teams competed in a 5K race, one-mile walk, dodgeball, tu-of-war, basketball shooting competition, cornhole golf chipping, football toss, Frisbee toss, soccer kick, hockey shot, lacrosse passing, Wiffleball home run derby and obstacle course.

This year’s winning teams were: Division I: Safelite AutoGlass; Division II: Ohio State Athletics; Division III: Installed Building Products; and Division IV: city of Obetz.

“Obetz was honored again to host the annual Community Cup,” said Obetz Mayor Angela Kirk. “Fortress Obetz is an exciting forum for bringing together these regional teams for a team building competition. We look forward to the 2023 event and to seeing central Ohio’s leading companies again. We are proud of all of our staff who participated on behalf of Obetz to bring home the first place trophy in our division once again. Obetz has won first place every year that we have participated.”

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