The second annual Vodori WhirlyBall Extravaganza was greeted with high expectations from those who excelled at the prior Extravaganza and determination among the newbies to make sure those same expectations would go unrealized.
WhirlyBall is just one of the many extracurricular activities that help the growing team at Vodori learn about each other and maintain our relaxed office environment. If you don’t know what WhirlyBall is, I urge you to check out the many YouTube videos and websites dedicated to the cause. Think of it as a mix of bumper cars, lacrosse, hockey and basketball, with the noise level of all sports combined.
Dozens of Vodorians buckled into the red and black bumper cars of WhirlyBall Chicago's Court 1 on a recent Thursday evening with little regard for the vehicles and their occupants.
"Nothing in life is better than crashing a speeding bumper car into the blind side of a coworker,” explained business analyst Mike Kinney. “The cursing and screaming caused by a well executed t-boning is as good as it gets.”
As one of the highest scoring players in last year's event, senior developer Travis Stom was among the most targeted of Vodorians. Described in company-wide emails as a "stone-cold WhirlyBall assassin" and "the Sterling Archer of WhirlyBall," Travis had much to live up to.
Unfortunately for Travis, the will of his coworkers to unseat him was too great. Reflecting after the event, he remarked, "I didn't score at all and only had one chicken finger. All in all, I'd kind of like a redo on the whole night."
For our Vodorians who want that second chance to show off their athletic prowess, they will have more opportunities with the Vodori beach volleyball team in the Chicago Sport and Social co-ed summer league. While the company's performances over the past two seasons could be best described as woeful, they provided an excellent excuse to enjoy a number of Chicago's limited beautiful summer days outside. So stay tuned for more adventures from the Vodori team!
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