Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) will not sponsor a team in the 2013 Corporate Games this year because of the cost involved, base officials from Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) have announced.
Other future MWR events may also be canceled due to ongoing budget concerns. Lunchtime fun runs, like the Sweetheart 5K that was canceled on Valentine’s Day, are one example.
“The Navy is looking hard at these programs across the board,” said Deborah Williams, community support programs site manager.
The March 13 Spring Job Fair at NBVC Port Hueneme is still on the calendar. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Duke’s Place, will feature 50 local employers and is open to anyone with regular base access.
The fact that NBVC is not taking part in the Corporate Games does not preclude individual or command teams from entering the countywide event; they just won’t be under the auspices of NBVC.
The Corporate Games is an annual regional event that pits companies against one another in up to 24 events ranging from bocce ball and paintball to billiards and beach volleyball.
Last year, NBVC competed in Division AA, the division for companies with 500 or more employees. It placed third out of 21 teams in that division and garnered seven gold medals, five silver medals and seven bronze medals.
This year, the City of Ventura, which sponsors the Corporate Games, is charging companies $2,000 to enter Division AA. Registration fees are on a sliding scale and drop down to $700 for companies or organizations with 10 to 50 employees.
“Last year we covered the entry fees and bought team t-shirts,” Williams said. “With this year’s budget constraints, we just don’t have the funds.”