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Chamber Turns Members into Foosball Players

August 8, 2018

Referee Jaime Morales throws the ball into play while teams compete in a game of human foosball during the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce's annual member appreciation picnic.

If you go

What: State House District 33 candidate forum

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22

Where: City Council Chambers, 1 Descombes Drive

More info: broomfieldchamber.org

If you go

What: Congressional District 2 candidate forum

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29

Where: Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road

More info: broomfieldchamber.org

Broomfield Chamber members turned themselves into human foosball players — hanging on to PVC pipe suspended on rope and surrounded by wooden walls.

The annual member appreciation picnic Aug. 2 was the first time the chamber debuted the “hoosball” table, which was built from scratch by Randy Whitaker, the husband of Director of Events and Operations Tammy Whitaker.

“It went over unbelievably well,” Chamber President and CEO Sam Taylor said. “Participants loved it.”

More than 150 people showed up to the picnic, which this year was held at Northmoor Park.

There was a bit of “what in the world is this?” questioning, but everyone had a great time either playing or watching the three games play out.

Three teams played 10-minute games during the event — Helping Young Professionals Evolve, Elevations Credit Union and New York Life. HYPE won its first game against Elevations, but was bested by New York Life in the final game.

Taylor said he already has gotten requests to rent the equipment, but that work still is being done, including painting and attaching corner flags with sponsorship names to help offset the cost.

“So far we’re $600 into it and it’s not finished,” he said.

Teams, made up of either companies or individuals, will have a chance to play in a tournament tentatively scheduled for Oct. 13 at Midway Park.

Whitaker came to Taylor with the idea, he said. She and her husband had a similar set-up at their house in Kentucky, would host games at Kentucky Derby parties. They wanted to find a way to bring it to Broomfield.

The set-up is about 40 feet by 20 feet and accommodates two teams of six players. Rules dictate a player cannot let go of the pipe covering the rope. If someone does it’s a penalty and the other team gets the ball.

Taylor said the chamber is trying to recruit 16 teams for the October tournament. Each team is expected to pay $50 per player

Round one will include eight games; round two is four games and then there will be a championship round. The winning team will walk away with a traveling trophy with its name inscribed.

Teams could include one or two substitute players and a coach, Taylor said. He is working to identify a nonprofit that will receive a substantial amount of the proceeds, likely half, with the other half going toward the cost of the court.

The chamber also is looking into plaques for “best uniforms.”

“We want something a little interesting,” he said.

Teams could choose to wear t-shirts or come in costumes that matchteam names, such as the Partners Group Pirates.

He will deliver a mid-year report to Broomfield City Council members Aug. 28 and will formally invite them to create a team.

Later this month, the chamber also will host two candidate forums along with the League of Women Voters. Candidates running for State House 33 will answer questions Aug. 22 in Broomfield City Council Chambers, 1 Descombes Drive, and candidates running for Congressional District 2 will meet Aug. 29 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Drive.

Both last from 6 p.m. to nearly 9 p.m., with time left toward the end so candidates can chat informally with people.

Chamber Board President Grayson Hofferber will moderate the Aug. 22 forum and Taylor will moderate the Aug. 29 forum.

Running for House District 33 are Independent Jay Geyer, Democrat Matt Gray, Republican Eric Rutherford, Libertarian Kim Tavendale,

Running for CD2 are Libertarian Roger Barris, Democrat Joe Neguse, Independent Nick Thomas and Republican Peter Yu.

Residents can email questions to info@broomfieldchamber.com by Aug. 17.

Candidates will be given three minutes to introduce themselves and two minutes for closing statements. Questions will be divided into broad categories and only will be asked if they are relevant to the race.

“We’re not going to ask a CD2 candidate about a zoning issue and we wouldn’t ask a state house person about federal legislation,” Taylor said.

Questions will also be taken from the floor by people submitting them on pieces of paper. Candidates are not allowed to use electronic devices during the debates and campaign literature will only be allowed on a designated table.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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