On 27th October 2017, we took it back to the old school with an afternoon full of 90s schoolyard games. The old classics including: skipping, table tennis, handball, basketball and of course, bull rush.
100 agency folk hailing from some Sydney’s Media & Marketing scene took part dressed up in their finest 90s inspired get-up. The 90s Schoolyard Showdown was the inaugural Agency Games – a concept created by Adrenalin to raise money and awareness for the awesome work UnLtd. does to tackle youth disadvantage.
Ten teams from: OMD, Fjord, Mindshare, Adrenalin, Mentally Friendly, Atomic 212, AnalogFolk, CHE Proximity, Affinity and RhythmOne arrived at the Ultimo Community Centre for a 1pm kick off.
The day started with a quick intro by Adrenalin’s director Bernie Johnson who explained how the games would be run. He then passed over to Paul Fisher, CEO of UnLtd to explain a little more as to where the funds raised would go.
Once the whistle blew, the teams were off, competing simultaneously against one another in 5 rounds of the 5 games.
The games were adapted versions of the originals, designed especially for the event. Each game only lasted 10-15 minutes. Ping-pong, saw the teams lined up either side of the table and play a non-stop version of the game. Skipping involved a long rope and a great deal of coordination as the groups tried to jump the rope together. Handball was a quick-fire version of the traditional game. Basketball consisted of lining up and shooting as many hoops as possible in a minute. Bull rush was about as feral as the classic playground version.
The overall winners from each round were recorded and by the end of the activities we had a few teams who were neck and neck.
Once everyone had worked up a thirst (and a sweat), we headed across the road for the final game – 90s trivia – which was held in the pub over food and beers. Richie from B&T was our quiz master who managed to keep some semblance of order in the ranks as he ran through a list of 90s brain teasers.
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Although all teams did a great job, after the final scores were counted, it was OMD who took home the winner’s trophy.
The trophies were created especially for the event by a group of young people in Armadale who welded and painted them themselves. They are involved in one of the charities that UnLtd. supports.
The total amount raised was in excess of $12,000
The total amount raised by the agencies involved was in excess of $12,000 which went directly to the small charity partners UnLtd. works with.
$10,000 went to Mirabel which assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to their parents’ illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care). The money will send 40 people (carers and children) to a Mirabel Family Camp giving them a much needed break and an opportunity to connect with other families in a similar situation. The remainder of the money raised went to The Pyjama Foundation (OMD’s charity of choice), which gives children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.
To see all the photos from the day, visit our Facebook Page here and you can also read B&T's version of events here.
The Agency Games was kindly sponsored by: Adobe Stock, RhythmOne, Bounce PRotein Balls, H2Melon and Alter Eco chocolate.
The Agency Games: 90s Schoolyard Showdown was a resounding success and will be back even bigger and better next year! If you would like to be involved next year please get in touch with Jenni at Jenni.email@example.com
Thanks again to all those involved!