Left to right are David Cheedie (Business Intelligence Analyst), Steve Olson (Business Systems Analyst), Jackie Short (ED Analyst), Scott Estis (Ambulatory Analyst), Sharmin Begum (Billing Analyst and iKick Team Leader), Hari Sriram (Device Integration Analyst), Rachel Ferguson (Radiant Analyst), Andy Welsch (ED Analyst), Ally Kundinger (Patient Access Analyst), Michael Grabowski (Ambulatory Analyst), Zac Nowicki (Ambulatory/MyChart Analyst). Not pictured are Niko Burnell (Clinical Operations Analyst) and Abby Mitchell (Awesome Person and Sparrow friend).
Several Caregivers from Sparrow Information Technology (IT) finished first by winning the Most Social award in a local co-ed soccer league.
The team, accurately named iKick, drew its roster from a range of IT teams and participated in a seven-week soccer competition hosted by MiLife, a local co-ed sports organization. The sports league not only focuses on competition, but also celebrates getting out, being active, and socializing through the lens of sport.
The experience brought together 13 Caregivers of various soccer skill levels. From first-time players to their “Messi-like” forwards, the team got out together each week for games and regular practices while having fun and promoting an active lifestyle.
While iKick ended their season with only two wins, they won the hearts and minds of their competitors who voted them most social out of 12 teams.
iKick walks away with an expenses-paid social outing and a two-foot golden trophy which you may spot them carrying around, hoisting above their heads randomly, drinking coffee from or storing candy within. While the team must return the trophy in the coming weeks, their team name will be inscribed on it for eternity.