Houston Newsmakers July 16: Harris County Sports Authority interview with Janice Schmees Burke

Houston Newsmakers July 16: Harris County Sports Authority interview with Janice Schmees Burke


>>AND WELCOME BACK TO “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS,” WHERE I’M JOINE BY JANICE SCHMEES, C.E.O. HARRIS COUNTY SPORTS AUTHORIT WORLD CORPORATE GAMES NOTICE CAME OUT AND I COULDN’T WAIT TO GET YOU IN TO TALK ABOUT THAT. THE WORLD CORPORATE GAMES IN HOUSTON. WHAT IS IT FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS?>>PRETTY NEAT, ISN’T IT MANY COUNTRIES WILL BE COMING TO OUR CITY TO PARTICIPATE, AN IT’S REALLY THE EVERYDAY AVERAGE ATHLETE, AND ITWAS STARTED YEARS AGO, ALMOST 30 YEARS AGO NOW, IN THE UNITED STATES BY AN EX ATHLETE WHO SAID, WHY DON’T WE COMPETE AND HAVE FUN WITH SPORTS AS ADULTS? SO IT’S COMING BACK AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS, FIRST TIME IN 29 YEARS.>>NOW, HAS IT BEEN IN HOUSTON?>>NEVER BEEN IN HOUSTON. FIRST TIME IN TEXAS.>>OKAY SO, NOW WE’RE GOING TO GET THIS, AND WE KNOW COMPANIES COMING FROM AROUND THE WORLD, BUT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HOUSTON COMPANIES TO GET INVOLVED AS WELL.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT?>>ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS GO TO THE WEB SITE AND SIGN UP. WE ARE ENCOURAGING EVERYONE. THIS YEAR, WE MOVED UP IN THE RANKINGS FOR THE FATTEST CITY. WE’RE NO LONGER THE NUMBER ONE. WE’RE NUMBER 17 SO, WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS. I’M GOING TO ENCOURAGE ALL HOUSTONIANS TO GET INVOLVED, AND IT’S A GREAT WAY TO GIVE YOU SOME INCENTIVE.>>FROM THE VIDEO THAT I SAW, IT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT WAY TO PUT BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE THE WAY THAT HOUSTON HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR COMPETITIVENESS AND EVERY TURN, AND WHEN IT COMES TO COMPANIES AND THE ABILITY TO GIVE, THIS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD WAY TO REALLY GET FOLKS OUT THERE, TO GET ACTIVE. THERE’S 18 DIFFERENT SPORTS THAT ARE INVOLVED, AND YOU TALK ABOUT THIS AS BEING A WAY TO REALLY GET PEOPLE TO REALLY BOND. THERE’S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT H.R. FOLK CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS AS WELL.>>YEAH. IT’S A GREAT TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCE, AND FOR PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND PUT THEIR COMPANY LOGO, SO THAT CORPORATE PRIDE, AND THEN WORKING TOGETHER WITH YOUR — THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY, THAT YOU SIT NEXT TO THAT GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING FUN SO, WHETHER IT’S DRAGON BOAT RACING, GOLFING, RUNNING, CYCLING, THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, AND WE EVEN ADDED, JUST FOR A LITTLE HOUSTON FLARE, TEXAS CORN HOLE, WHERE YOU THROW THE BAGS IN THE HOLE. SO EVERYBODY CAN DO THAT>>BUT IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE IN FROM THE WORLD, HOW MANY COMPANIES ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THAT COULD POSSIBLY COME?>>WE’LL HAVE BETWEEN 7 AND 10,000 PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD CORPORATE GAMES NORMALLY ENCOMPASSES, AND THERE’S A PARADE, THERE’S A STREET PARTY, WE SHUT DOWN THE STREETS. THE MAYOR IS VERY INVOLVED, HE’LL BE OUT THERE HITTING TENNIS BALLS INTO THE CROWD, AND SO IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY FUN TIME.>>VENUES ALL OVER THE PLACE.>>VENUES ALL OVER THE PLACE, ALL OVER HARRIS COUNTY, WE’RE USING THE ENTIRE COUNTY. I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAS ALREADY SAID THAT HE’LL BE OUT THERE CYCLING.>>THAT’S GOING TO GIVE PEOPLE A GOOD EXCUSE TO GET INTO SHAPE. WHAT KINDS OF REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR A COMPANY TO GET INVOLVED IF>>WE HAVE GROUP RATES. FOR AN INDIVIDUAL, IT’S $99, BUT THAT INCLUDES THE WHOLE WEEKEND, ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES, THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO, THE PARTIES, ALL OF THAT, BUT WE DO HAVE DISCOUNTS SO, IF COMPANIES SAY, HEY, K EPT TO SEND 50 OR 25 PEOPLE, WE DO HOLD GROUP DISCOUNTS FOR THAT.>>AND SOME OF THE BENEFICIARIES ARE LOCAL. TALK ABOUT HOW THE BENEFITS–>>SOME OF THE CORPORATIONS SAID, HEY, IT’S A WEEKEND, WE DON’T TO WANT TAKE PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES, WE WANT ALL OF THE FAMILIES TO COME OUT SO, WE’VE OPENED UP SPORTS. KIDS AS YOUNAS FIVE CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE 5K ALONG WITH THEIR PARENTS, IF THEY WANT TO. UNICEF IS A WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION, THEY’RE IN 190 COUNTRIES AND THEIR MISSION IS TO HELP CHILDREN WORLDWIDE, AND SO THEY ARE GETTING THE BENEFIT OF THAT 99-DOLLAR REGISTRATION FEE AS WELL.>>YOU HAVE AN EARLY BIRD DEADLINE COMING UP AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, AND SO THE BENEFIT OF GETTING IN EARLY IS WHAT?>>THE BENEFIT OF GETTING IN EARLY, YOU GET A DISCOUNT. YOUR CHOICE OF SPORTS, BECAUSE THE SPORTS FILL UP SO THAT WE DON’T HIT CAPACITY, AND THIS IS A — MILLENNIALS LOVE THIS. THEY’RE THE MOST CONNECTED GENERATION, THEY GREW UP WITH iPHONES, THEY LOVE THIS, IT’S DIFFERENT THAN WHEN YOU AND I WERE WORKING ON OUR CAREERS, AND SO MILLENNIALS REALLY LIKE TEAM SPORTS, AND THAT’S WHY YOU SEE ALL OF THESE SPORTS LEAGUES POPPING AND UP INTRAMURALS.>>SHOUT OUT TO ALL OF YOUR MILLENNIALS, THIS IS THE CHANCE TO GET YOUR PEOPLE AND BOSSES INVOLVED. IT’S THE WORLD CORPORATE GAMES IN HOUSTON NOVEMBER 16th THROUGH THE 19th. THAT’S QUITE A WAYS AWAY. YOU GET THAT EARLY BIRD BENEFIT IF YOU SIGN UP EARLY AND GO TO THEIR WEB SITE THERE AND SIGN UP IT IS WWW.WCG HOUSTON.COM, WHICH STANDS FOR WORLD CORPORATE GAMES HOUSTON.COM. GO AHEAD AND DO THAT. GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>WHAT ARE YOU COMPETING IN?>>I’M COMPETING AND WATCHING.>>YOU WANT TO TAKE ROD RYAN ON?

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