Team Schulich continued its legacy of success at the MBA Games 2017 hosted at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC, finishing second overall in the three-day national competition against over 20 schools.
The MBA Games pits business school MBA students against each other in academic (case competitions), athletic (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and dodgeball) and spirit competitions (opening ceremony dance, video, social media engagement, and sportsmanship).
“I would describe the MBA Games the same way that Coach Joe Fayt first described it to me,” says Shubh Singh, MBA candidate and Team Schulich member. “It’s the Olympics of the MBA!”
The team had big shoes to fill as last year’s squad hosted and finished third and in 2015 they were crowned the Queens Cup champions. And once again, they did not disappoint.
“It is absolutely amazing to earn another podium finish at the MBA Games. It’s such an intense competition, with so many great schools and talented students,” said Team Schulich Case Coach Joe Fayt.
“This year’s journey to the podium was a roller coaster. It could have been anyone’s game with not one school consistently winning multiple categories,” Team Captain Ashelyn Fung added. “But we rallied together proving that every effort counts and it’s the little things that make all the difference.”
Schulich sent the largest team to the games this year with 42 participants, an accomplishment that could not have been possible without RBC’s sponsorship. “We’re grateful to RBC for their very generous sponsorship. Their partnership makes all of this possible,” Fayt said.
Team Schulich finished first in the HR Case Competition, second in dodgeball, second in soccer and second in multiple spirit competitions, as well as raising $5,375 for The Moose Hide Campaign. All donations from participating schools were matched by the J.W. McConnell Foundation with over $150,000 raised in total, a new games record.
“It’s a pure adrenaline rush,” said Singh. “We faced fierce competition from other schools so it was a pleasant surprise to have placed so well. The entire team was ecstatic to know that our hard work culminated in a victory for our school.”
“You feel connected with the other 600 MBAs at the games,” Fung said, while adding that the event provides a larger sense of community. “The MBA Games helps you make connections that can last well beyond your MBA.”