September 7th - 22nd, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of organization is Calgary Corporate Challenge?

CCC is a professionally-managed, volunteer-driven events company. We are a not-for-profit organization. Many people ask us if we are a charity, and the answer is no. Instead, we are a not-for-profit entity that acts as a bridge between corporate Calgary and the local charity community.

Calgary Corporate Challenge is staffed by a team of 4 individuals who work full-time, year-round to make the CCC September Games possible. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of over 80 volunteers who work closely with us year-round, and an additional 1000+ volunteers who help out at the Games in September!

What exactly is the "CCC September Games"?

The CCC September Games is an annual corporate team-building event that has been held in Calgary since 1996. Our goal is to facilitate and improve employee engagement across corporate Calgary through a variety of inclusive events.

Calgary Corporate Challenge hosts approximately 160 companies in 22 sports events and multiple charity events throughout the course of 16 days every September. Companies are divided into six different divisions where they compete against other companies of a similar size. Results from each event are tracked throughout the 16 days and overall "divisional winners" are determined by total points at the end of the Games each year. In addition to these results-oriented winners, one company in each division is awarded with a spirit award at the end of the Games, based on sportsmanship and adherence to the values upheld by CCC.

Is my company too small to participate in the CCC September Games?

Probably not! There is no "magic number" when it comes to participating in the CCC September Games. There is a common misconception that only big companies can be successful in CCC, and this is simply not the case! We have seen companies as small as 6 in size, and companies as large as >14 000 in size compete in the Games.

With that said, if you feel that your company would have difficulty fielding full teams during the CCC September Games, consider joining forces with another company in Calgary who you may know through your connections. We see a handful of "partner-teams" enter the Games each year with great success. 

What charities and causes does CCC support through the September Games?

In 2018, the CCC September Games will support ten local charities:

Please note: Participation in the Charity Challenge is completely optional. A company can choose to take on as few or as many Charity Challenge initiatives as they wish. Some companies choose to focus their charity efforts on one specific charity/cause, while others aim to support each of the organizations in some capacity. 

When does registration for the CCC September Games occur?

Registration opens in November for the following September. Registration will remain open until capacity is reached.

When does individual event sign-up for the CCC September Games occur?

Individual event sign-up (i.e. sign-up for specific sports events) opens in mid-May and closes in mid-June each year. After this point, the CCC staff team works hard to put together comprehensive schedules for each event set to take place in the Games. These detailed schedules are typically released in the last week of July.

Where does the money from registration fees go?

The money collected through registration fees goes toward paying for sports and event venues, sports equipment, officials, medics and first-aid equipment during the September Games. CCC also relies on many generous sponsors in the Calgary area to make the September Games possible.

If my company signs up for the CCC September Games, do we have to participate in every event that is offered?

This is a really common question that we receive, particularly from new companies. The answer is absolutely not! We encourage companies to sign-up only for those events that they are interested in and able to participate in. By no means do we expect every team to sign up for every sport or every charity event. Each event is optional and participation is at the discretion of each participating company.

How is my company's division determined?

Divisional placements are decided based on total employee counts in Calgary and Area.

Once registration closes, CCC divides the total number of registered companies (estimated to be between 150-160 annually) by 5 (CCC's 5 full divisions), and assigns each company to a division based on how each company's employee count compares to all other companies in the Games. So, the companies that fall in the top 20% (highest employee counts), are assigned to CCC's Orange Division. The following 20% are assigned to Red, then White, then Green, then Blue (respectively). As always, CCC's Purple Division is reserved for all new/first-year companies (of any size). First-year companies compete in this division in their first year ONLY and are moved into appropriate divisions based on their company size in all subsequent years.

Note: Because of the way divisions are decided, companies may be moved from one division to another in any given year. In the interest of promoting fairness, any requests to be assigned to a specific division will not be met.

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