October 24, 2011

Perforce Software Dodgeball Team Fights Hunger, Fashion


On Sunday, October 23rd, Alameda-based Perforce Software competed in the first ever Octocat Dodgeball Invitational, taking on teams from Twitter, Github, New Relic, Twilio, Plum District and more. The 19 teams were paired randomly for each round, up to the last and final showdown. Game play followed the rules of the National Amateur Dodgeball Association.

"We won the first round, two out of three games. We were out by the second round. It was hysterical.... and there were lots of outfits spoofing the movie, Dodgeball. We wore armbands and T-shirts and came with 'cheerleaders' with black and gold pompoms. There were lots of short-shorts, knee socks, headbands and wigs," said Allison Banks, Director of Human Resources for Perforce and team coach.

The fun stoked friendly competition among top tech companies, gave employees a chance to socialize outside work, and was a successful charity benefit. Perforce played on behalf of the Alameda Food Bank, and donated $3,000 to the tournament. An impressive total of $57,000 was raised for the winning team's charity. The event took place at the Mission Recreation Center in San Francisco. No one is certain what will be done with the costumes, but a bonfire might be popular.