Emily Hite, ACTIVE’s employee communications go-to pro, helped coordinate the Kids in the Office event. Below, Hite shares highlights from the day.
ACTIVE Network welcomed more than 60 kids to its San Diego headquarters on the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
We had a blast engaging them in our mission to power the world’s activities and connect people to the things they love, want and need to do.
True to our values, we powered an abundance of activity. The children checked themselves in on iPads using ACTIVE On-Site registration. They learned how to budget their allowance from our finance executives. Kids danced, played red light/green light, and ran a race wearing bibs and earning medals. The team helped the four to 12-year-old kids create a collective bucket list; items included, “Go on a safari,” “Start my own video game company,” “Ride my bike to Hawaii,” and “Eat pizza with dolphins.”
The day’s festivities coincided with the kickoff of the annual ACTIVEx Charity Challenge, which funds a cause aligning with our effort to make the world a more active place. From now through July, hundreds of our employees will train for a local endurance event and work together to reach our $100,000 fundraising goal.
This year, all of ACTIVE’s offices will race for Kids in the Game (KITG), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on empowering youth to live up to their full potential through positive sports experiences that form active, healthy habits for a lifetime. Every $30 raised gives a low-income, underserved boy or girl a chance to participate in organized sports for one year. KITG believes every kid deserves a chance to play. We want to help more youth get in the game and stay in it as adults.
At our kickoff brown-bag lunch, Charity Challenge veterans spoke about the impact training and fundraising has had on their work, families and communities. “We do it to challenge ourselves physically, mentally and philanthropically,” remarked Jon Christopher, a software development manager at ACTIVE. “We’re philanthroletes.”