The AOL Dulles summer interns and the NextGen business resource group (BRG), an Employee Interest Group established to empower and enrich young professionals at AOL through collaboration, social networking, and professional development, showed off their competitive spirit last Friday by hosting a kickball tournament on our Dulles campus. AOL competed against interns and NextGeners from local companies comScore and Raytheon.

The idea for the event kicked off when Dulles interns and the NextGen BRG thought it would be a great way to have fun getting to know one another. A few brainstorming sessions later, the Intern Social Ambassador Group and myself added a few local companies to the mix. After interest grew, it was decided to make the tournament a charitable event.

With the help of AOLers Blair Cobb and Sara Bennett, the tournament organizers teamed up with the Cause Marketing Team and the AOL Marathon Team to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Music Room Project. Funds will be put toward renovating the music room at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City in honor of AOLer Rory Wheeler, who died last July. For every employee who participated in the kickball tournament, the Cause Marketing team donated money to the AOL Marathon Team fundraising page for the Ronald McDonald House. AOL recently donated a media room to the house in October.

The tournament kicked off with food, music, signs, cheering squads and round-robin games among the three teams to see who would take home bragging rights. In the end, the AOL interns' skills and teamwork landed them the most points of all three teams.

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