Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sports Day

November 2, 2011

Today was Sport’s Day at work. On this day, the offices closed and all of the military and civilians get together and play a variety of sports. The purpose of this day is to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie. This event consists of sports ranging from basketball and volleyball to more uncommon venues such as tug of war and tricycle races. Before the games began, we were divided into three teams; White, Blue and Black. I was on the Black Team.

The festivities began at 8:00 am beginning with a photo session. I participated in playing spades and hoola hoop contest.  Around noon, we took a pause for lunch and some socializing. The final event of the day was Tug-of-War contest. Those who were fit and those who thought they were fit participated in this sporting finale.  The point totals were tallied and the ending ceremony involves congratulatory speeches by the Program Manager. Prizes were awarded to all of the teams for each event played, but the top trophy went to the Black Team for scoring the most points of the day.  

My team received a Gold medal (1st place) for the hoola hoop contest and a Bronze medal (3rd place) for playing spades. All in all, it was a good day that was enjoyed by all. It was also a nice break for me from the frustrations of getting accustomed to a new job and of course, the Saudi culture.

All the best,