A Sporty Life after Work
Civil Engineer –
After one full year of working at Martin/Martin I have been given the reputation of being the “sports guy.” This might have something to do with the fact that I play in approximately 15 or more recreational sports leagues every year including playing sports 6 out of the 7 days of the week during the summer. Essentially if there is a sport and I get invited to play on a team I hardly ever deny the opportunity. The majority of the leagues I play in come from two sources, company teams and church leagues through Red Rocks Church’s Sports Ministry. I may play the same sports for both the company teams and the church leagues, but the experiences are completely different.
The Martin/Martin company teams that I have played on include basketball and slow pitch softball. The experience of joining these teams in my first year in the company was great because the different teams allowed me to meet more coworkers than I would have met just seeing people in the office. Also, meeting outside the office allowed me to create a different bond with my fellow employees making it easier to talk with them casually when I did happen to see them in the office.
The sports I play through Red Rocks Church are also great experiences. Most of the leagues are draft based allowing me to sign up with a few of my friends, but then the league managers assign the groups of players to each team, which makes the teams fairly equal in talent. Through this draft based league set up, the leagues are much more competitive because there are not usually teams that are way better than others. The leagues are also well run and typically do not get out of control with tempers flaring.
Not long after I earned my reputation of being the “sports guy” I got the opportunity to be in charge of the company’s annual Kick-a-Bowl game (kickball) between the Civil and Structural departments. I did not hesitate at the opportunity to take charge since I enjoy sports as much as I do and have experience creating teams for sports. The event was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves playing a competitive game of kickball. This experience showed me that by just letting people know your interests when starting in a new company, they may be able to direct you to ways you can apply them and get more involved right away.