20 Questions with Sadie Clark

Sadie Clark is next on deck! Did you know this ZogSportsNYC elevated field team member has been Zogging for 8 years?! Keep reading to find out more about Sadie!

1.        Sports You Ref? – A combo of Soccer and Football Field Managingblogpic2

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports?  - 8 years ago!

3.        Guilty Pleasure? – Binge watching Harry Potter Movies

4.        Hidden Talent? – Every now and then I can pull off a round-off back-handspring

5.        If you were a drink, what would it be? Why? Espresso Martini, Because we are classy, peppy, and cool

6.         How long could you go without talking?  - without talking?  NO idea, but I can go hours without texting/checking my phone.  I think that’s pretty impressive

7.    What’s the last thing you ate? McDonalds McChicken Sandwich with French fries and a large coffee.  Finished with a chocolate bar  #Caseofthemondays

8.  What’s on your mouse pad?  Do people still have mouse pads?

9.    If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? A library, A fully stocked Costco, and my crush

10.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? – Oprah.  I think I want her to be my life coach, or I’d love to share a dance with Ellen too.

11.    What are you listening to right now?  - someone in the ZogSports HQ whistling and Football Ref Keith Gitlitz singing chili’s baby back ribs

12.    Favorite Sneakers? – Pair of purple sketchers I got in high school.

13.    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?  - I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a guy who looked good I would call her…er…him.

14.   Funniest ZogSports Memory?  - A soccer team called Tickle Time was playing.  One of their guys scored and as his team ran on the field to congratulate him, he took off in the other direction.  When they finally caught him, he was promptly tickled.  Laughed for the rest of my shift.  The goal scorer looked TERRIFIED as his team rushed toward him.blogpic1

15.    What’s your favorite joke? – A photon walks into a hotel. The bellhop asks “Can I carry any of your baggage?” The photon replies, “No thank you, I’m travelling light.” (pg rated J)

16.    What’s on your fridge door? – A map of my grocery store, Best Yet Markets, a note from my dad, 2 political cartoons, and random magnets.

17.  Fav food? – Bagel with cream cheese, scrambled egg and bacon in an open faced sandwich.  Also, chocolate

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? SLAP CUP!  But in lieu of that, flip cup

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? – I won $1350 on cash cab after dark in 2007.  I was also on the front page of the Binghamton Sun Press my senior year of high school

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? – Japan in 2008.  Went with my best friend I met from our study abroad program in Spain.  Kevin Alex and I based our Japan trip around food we had to try and saw sights based around the food.  Best trip ever!

Finding Love in a Zog Place

 Taylor and Aaron are not your average couple. The two ZogSportsLA football players met off the field only a year ago. Having ZogSports as common ground, these two avid players took their shirts and traveled the world together. Taylor and Aaron are here to share their story! 

“Ready….hike!”  And so began the relationship between Aaron and Taylor.  We met during the first scrimmage game of the first season of ZogSports Los Angeles.  After the game, teams were encouraged to head to a designated sports bar for fun and socializing.  Since we were on opposing teams during the scrimmage, this is where we had our first friendly conversation…that lasted 5 hours!unnamed

 

Those five hours covered all of the typical questions and more, starting with “so what do you do?”  Aaron:  I’m a theoretical mathematician.  Taylor:  I’m an MRI technologist (oh yeah and a former NBA dancer).  Aaron:  A former NBA dancer??  Taylor:  A theoretical mathematician??  The explaining went on and on between them as they swapped stories about everything from Aaron’s time living in England while receiving his PhD at the University of Cambridge to Taylor’s recent USO-style trip to Kuwait riding above the deserts in Chinook helicopters and performing for soldiers stationed at various U.S. military bases in the country.  All of the sudden, it was five hours later and we had certainly hit it off!  Date #2 was scheduled for later that week.rome

 

Time flew by with some notable events:  Taylor fractured her elbow playing in a Zog game, they went to the 50th anniversary Rolling Stones concert, set a Guinness world record for “largest gathering of people wearing rally wigs” at an Anaheim Angels game, and some jet-setting to places all over the world including Australia, Vancouver, Cancun, Italy, England, and more has kept us active and enjoying life together. We recently got engaged in Geneva, Switzerland at CERN (site of the world’s largest particle accelerator).

 

We’ve played touch football every season since the start of ZogSports LA and literally take a picture in our Zog shirts in every location we visit.  We’re so thankful for the amazing people at ZogSports and are having a blast planning our wedding! Switzerland CERN Zog

From NYC to SF, a Zog Perspective

 Going from East to West, John McCartney knows a lot about making moves. Though he left his NYC team behind, he was able to continue his ZogSports journey in San Fran. Today he shares how it all began…

It has been a thrill to be involved with ZogSports for all these years.  I was first introduced to the league by a friend who informed me her team, “Rule 76: No Excuses, Play Like A Champion”, had some open spots on the roster. I was glad I made the cut.

Being involved with the “Rule 76” team had a profound effect on my life as it afforded me with the opportunity to meet some really kick ass people, most of whom have become dear friends of mine. After having an enjoyable first season, I continued to play in as many seasons as possible. Granted, a few injuries here and there couldn’t compare to the joy of being on the same field as my friends. I was always looking to get that win week in and week out and then, of course, hit the bar for some Flip Cup, Beer Pong, Civil War, and Ring of Fire.

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Few of the Rule 76/Lock It Up members from throughout the years, Social Bar & Grill, NYC, December 2010

From my first NYC Zog football team in 2008 to my last one in 2013, “Fargin Iceholes”, I am so lucky to have had so many memories over the years through Zog. The competition, the rivalries, making the playoffs, and of course happy hour made my NYC lifestyle all the more exciting!

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Fargin Iceholes, Octagon Field, Roosevelt Island, NYC, March 2013

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Fargin Iceholes & Tom Brady’s Tears, Tammany Hall, NYC, March 2013

When I made the decision to move from New York to San Francisco for work towards the end of 2013, I knew that somehow I would get involved with the Zog SF league.  I introduced myself to Nick, the SF General Manager, inquired about the winter season and the potential to become a league football referee.

No Punt Intended

No Punt Intended

We’ve just finished the third week of the ZogSportsSF winter football season and I’m fortunate to be part of “No Punt Intended,” a team comprised of individual players. From top to bottom everyone has been so supportive of each other and we are having fun along the way. In addition to playing I now have been able to become a part of the “Zog Referee” family.

Realistically, I know there’s no difference between the New York and San Francisco Zog leagues.  However, I will make three general observations having been lucky enough to experience both:

1. Weather. This winter season I am definitely happy to be on the West Coast! The weather has been very good, sunny and mid 60s. I’ll gladly take this weather over what I experienced in New York!

2. Level of competition. Being a newly minted Zog football ref has given me the chance to see a number of teams play, and I have to say that there are a few San Francisco teams who would give the New York teams a run for their money. On the other side of the spectrum, there are a number of new teams with no prior Zog experience who could use a little extra practice time! The San Francisco league is still pretty brand new, all in good time.

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

My new Zog ref shirt, Galileo Field, San Francisco, February 2014

3. Happy hour. It saddens me in a way that there is no “Parlour” in San Francisco. I truly believe that the Zog happy hour is an absolute important piece to the overall experience; it’s where you can meet other Zog players, make new friends and new memories! I am looking forward to recreating this and calling a local bar a ZogSports home of our own.

The San Francisco league has so much potential for growth and it’ll be exciting to see where we end up in the years to come!

20 Questions Warren Klein

Calling all Stamford Zoggers! Warren Klein is here to give you some info you likely did not know about him. For example, did you know he was from San Fran? Have you heard about his trip to Cambodia? Or, maybe we can start up his childhood nickname again…

  1. When did you start working at ZogSports?  I don’t, I had to pay for the privilege of blogging.  However the cost was included in the league dues so I really feel like I’m coming out a winner here.warren1
  2. Childhood Nickname:  Dubya- I had to stop going by that between 2000 and 2008.
  3. Favorite Food: Burrata Mozerella cheese and tomatoes with some balsamic glaze
  4. Guilty Pleasure:  Drinking with strangers, it makes every story I have ever used new again.  After about a week or two of hanging out though I’m out of material and I need to find new friends.
  5. Hometown: San Francisco, CA.
  6. Hidden Talent: I don’t really have any hidden talents, if I’m good at something Ill tell you about it.
  7. Favorite Sports Team: SF Giants
  8. Funniest ZogSports Memory: So far?  Being the first person in line waiting to get into the game of dodgeball, we were down to our last player WHO CAUGHT IT!  I came in and I saw the other team slump their shoulders in defeat as I strode confidently onto the court and proceeded to drop the first ball sent my way, losing the game for my team.  Sorry guys, really dropped the ball on that one.
  9. Last Movie You Saw: Transformers II Dark Side of the Moon.  Michael Bay is the best director in the history of film bar NONE!
  10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Adventures in Leisure: The Warren Klein Story warren
  11. What’s the last thing you ate? I’ve been drinking my meals for quite some time now… I don’t even know what day it is.
  12. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? Kate Upton, a hot tub, and a fully fueled helicopter to get home.
  13. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Pong, but I’m liking flip more and more in my advanced age.
  14. What are you listening to right now? ESPN Radio, the Derek Jeter Retirement Press Conf.
  15. Favorite Sneakers: Ski Boots or baseball cleats.  Sneakers are for training… that’s why the Brits call them trainers, I prefer the footwear of action.
  16. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where?  San Francisco Chronicle twice, Marin IJ once. The IJ and once in the Chronicle for pitching a perfect game for my high school baseball team, once in the Chronicle for securing a large award in a financial dispute between a broker and an elderly client for my law school’s Investor Justice Clinic.
  17. What’s your favorite joke? Inappropriate for publishing.  Ask me after a couple drinks.
  18. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received?  Deodorant.
  19. What’s on your fridge door? Family photos.
  20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why?  In 2010 I went to Cambodia for 6 weeks and worked with the Document Compilation Center associated with the International War Crimes Court while they were trying and convicting one of the leaders of the Khmer Rouge.  It was not only tremendously good work, but I really got a taste of the culture while there, and I got to see the famous wonder of the world, Angkor Wat.cambodia

20 Questions with Neil Loughrie

Neil Loughrie is next on deck to share the good, the bad and the ugly with his ZogSports family. Aside from refereeing not one but two ZogSportsLA leagues, you can find him catching up on his daily dose of celebrity gossip or beating you at the happy hour bar games.

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1. Sports You Ref? Football and Soccer

2. When did you start working at ZogSports? I started last March in the inaugural football season of Zogsports LA.

3. Guilty Pleasure? Celebrity gossip blogs.  It’s like a bad car accident on the side of the road, I can’t keep myself from looking.

4. Hometown? Richmond, VA

5. Hidden Talent? I think I’m a pretty good cook, but I don’t do it very often, so I guess you could say its hidden.

6. Favorite Sports Team? Washington Redskins

7. If you were a drink, what would it be? Why? Bourbon and ginger, mostly because that’s my drink of choice.

8. Funniest ZogSports Memory? This actually happened just last week.  I was reffing a game and the ball took a bad bounce and hit me directly in a certain area.  I’m pretty sure everyone had fun watching me doubled over in the middle of the field.

9. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why? Hmm, I don’t know.  “From the South to the Southland” maybe… that’s how I’ve moved around so I think that works.

10. If you could only bring three things with you to an island, what would they be? A guitar, a football and my dogBill-Murray-Youre-Awesome1

11. Which celebrity would you love to meet?  Bill f***ing Murray!

12. Favorite Sneakers? Vans slip-ons, preferably checkerboard

13. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for? Health, prosperity, and to be Batman (if you can always be Batman)

14. How long could you go without talking? Not very long, maybe a day if I had to

15. What’s your favorite joke? Anything that Mitch Hedberg ever said “I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.”

16. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? A family member sent me a neck-warmer one year….  I live in LA.  I think it’s still in the packaging.

17. What’s on your fridge door? A photo-booth photo from my friend’s wedding, and invitation to another friend’s wedding, and the ticket from a Lakers game I went to earlier this year.

18. Last movie you saw? Thor: The Dark World

19. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Beer Pong. But I’ll beat you at both

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Why? Beach week after high school. All my best friends were there.  It was a crazy time.  We still tell stories about it

20 Questions with Keith Gitlitz

The next referee featured is ZogSportsNYC’s Keith Gitlitz. Aside from reffing, you can catch him singing along to Rihanna in the Zog HQ.

1.        Sports You Ref? Football, Bowlingunnamed

2.        When did you start working at ZogSports? Fall 2008

3.        Guilty Pleasure? Nashville on ABC

4.        Hometown? Miami, FL

5.        Hidden Talent? Keeping my talent hidden

6.        What’s on your fridge door? A door handle 

7.    What’s the last thing you ate? A Buffalo Bang sandwich

8.    What’s on your mouse pad? A trackpad

9.    Which celebrity would you love to meet? Why? Sir Alec Guinness, because he’s awesome.

10.    What are you listening to right now? Eminem featuring Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie”

11.    Favorite Sneakers? Reebok Pumps – the original Shaq models

12.    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for? Wish 1: Unlimited wishes; don’t need to use the other two

13.    How long could you go without talking? As long as it takes

14.    What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? A gun rack. What am I gonna do with a gun rack? I don’t even own a gun, let alone several guns that would necessitate an entire rack.

15.    Favorite Sports Team? Miami Heat

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16.  Fav food? Bacon

17.  Last movie you saw? Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

18. Beer Pong or Flip Cup? Beer Pong

19. Have you ever been in a newspaper or on tv? If so, where? Yes, my photo appeared in the Miami Herald as a kid when they put a new playground in at a local park and I was interviewed before Game 3 of the Panthers-Avalanche Stanley Cup Finals and Game 3 of the Heat-Mavericks NBA Finals.

20. Best vacation you’ve ever been on? Honeymoon in Hawaii

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Capturing ZogSports One Zogger at a Time

Jon Michael Kondrath can be found either playing, refereeing or capturing photos during the ZogSportsLA season. Now he gives Zoggers a glimpse into his life as an ultimate Zogger:jon2

As a youngster in middle school and high school, I always loved playing sports and taking photos. I did both as hobbies and for fun; I didn’t like playing on varsity because it was too competitive and my photos went as far as yearbooks and school papers. After high school, I expected my sporting days were over and I fell out of photography for a time.

Both sports and photography reentered my life several years ago, because of volleyball (finding a pickup game which lead into social sports and attending a USC volleyball game which lead into sports photography). Social sports brought back what I loved about playing sports when I was young, playing a game with friends.

Over the years, I’ve met many great people and good friends through social sports. I’ve played in different leagues and different sports. Some were great for a while and then fell apart, others didn’t feel like the right fit, and some sports I just wasn’t that into the league.

As one of the leagues I was previously in was slowly spiraling downward, I was introduced to Zog in its second season in LA. That season was a trial period, test out this new kid in town and see what it’s made of. I knew what a good social league could be and should be, so I had high expectations.

Although some of my teammates were skeptical of the league, I immediately fell in love with it. New people gathering for sports and for social interaction afterwards, a league that cares about its players and the greater community, and something I hadn’t seen before – photos posted of us playing. I’m used to taking photos for USC and posting those, because they are a big school with athletes who have dedicated their lives to a sport. But, here we are, social sports enthusiasts, with a chance of having a moment of glory captured and forever immortalized. jon3

In my next season, I immediately immersed myself in the league. I joined all four of the sports offered in Los Angeles and became a ref for beach volleyball (because who wouldn’t want to spend more time out on the beach?). During the beach volleyball season, I would bring my camera gear with me on occasion because I would have it for the weekend due to some sporting event I was shooting. I didn’t know who the Zogsports photographer was or if they would show up to our games, so I figured I would take some photos and share them with my teammates and the friends I was making. After posting some on Facebook, the LA General Manager asked if he could post them on the Zog Facebook page. I have no shame in admitting I love to see my photos posted up by others and seen by as many people as possible.

Enter season three with Zog, and I am now taking photos at as many of the games as I can. Some weekends my gear isn’t available or I may be too busy to take photos, but otherwise my camera is out capturing moments of athleticism, victory, and camaraderie. Every weekend, I meet new people who come up to me to say they saw a photo I took of them. Sometimes the comment is about the funny face they are making and to “next time get a photo when I’m looking better.” Other times it’s pure excitement for snapping the lucky moment of a game-winning play. Most of the time it’s to say thank you because they enjoyed looking at the photos. (I have no shame in admitting I love the Facebook likes and the positive comments of perfectly captured action, as well. So keep them coming!)

The reason I love photography, and social sports, is the sharing. Sure I love being complimented on a great photo or a great play on the field. But more importantly, I play sports and take photos for the interaction. Playing sports in a league where people show up and then go home, or only interact with their own team to practice and play in the game, is not fun for me. In a similar fashion, photography would not be enjoyable if I just took the photos and then kept them to myself. It’s the people that make both so precious to me: the people I play with, the people I socialize with on and off the field, and the people that are sharing and enjoying the photos. I am happy to have found ZogSports and its community of players and staff and I am proud to be able to contribute to the growth of the league in Los Angeles.jon1

5 Awesome Reasons To Work At Home

Ever wanted to know what ZogSports GMs are up to in their ‘free time’? Luckily, San Fran’s GM, Nick Cruit, has brought us right into the comfort of his own home…

For those of you who play ZogSports in NYC or NJ you’ve probably heard about or been to the Zog headquarters offices. I’ve had an opportunity to spend a few weeks at HQ and there’s never a dull moment to say the least – YouTube videos being shared, balls flying around, and sometimes even refrigerators falling apart. fridge

But for those of us who run ZogSports in other cities our co-workers consist of me, myself and I. When I tell people I work from home by myself I get, “Oh my god I could never do that!” or, “how do you get anything done?” or my favorite, “aren’t you lonely?” Well maybe I’m crazy but I LOVE working from home. Here are my top 5 reasons why working from home as a ZogSports GM in SF is awesome!

That's me on the bottom right!

That’s me on the bottom right!

1) No distractions: Most days I wake up around 8 am, pour myself a cup of coffee, and before I know it it’s 1 pm and I have to remind myself to eat lunch. That time warp has a lot to do with the demand of managing all the aspects of our co ed social sports leagues, but another huge part of it is that I can get into a solid work zone with very little distractions, which is something I haven’t had with any other job. Don’t get me wrong, I miss hanging out with co-workers and talking about the latest pics we’ve seen on Reddit, but there’s something about having peace and quiet during the critically busy parts of my day that makes this job so much more manageable. It also helps that part of my job is to meet new people, play sports, and play bar games every week!

2) Video meetings: To give you guys a little insight into our workflow, all of the GM’s get together every day via video conference to chat about what our priorities are and other interesting things going on in our respective cities. I hated these at first but have now come to enjoy them quite a bit. Most internal meetings in past jobs had a tendency to linger on, but for whatever reason video meetings are quick and to the point – most times. The funny part about video chats is that when the remote general managers end up getting together in person, which we do a few times a year in NYC, we joke about how nice it is to see each other from the shoulders down. We also joke that none of us wear pants during the video chats, kind of like news anchors do.

3) Saving money: The other great thing about my job is that I save a ton of money (and a few inches on the waistline) by not eating out. There are plenty of days where I lazily graze on whatever snacks I have around the house, but having the option to fire up the grill and make a solid home-cooked meal during work is awesome. I also spend way less on food than I used to, which gives me more cash to spend at the happy hours! Now more than ever I’m understanding the importance of the latte factor.

4) Flexibility: After nearly a year working out of my house I’ve realized an important fact about myself: Working at my own pace makes me way more productive. I work most days within the same hours I would if I had to go to an office, but there are those special occasions where I’ll take an hour or two in the morning or afternoon when I get stuck in a rut or am not feeling productive. Just having the flexibility to step away when I need to clear my mind is such a big bonus of this job and has increased my productivity ten-fold.

5) Naps: I can’t lie to you guys; I occasionally take naps during the day. Where I’d normally rely on a strong cup of coffee to push through that period when my brain just wants to shut down, now I close my eyes for 20-30 minutes and have way more energy than I would if I try to force down a 5 Hour Energy.

Well, there you have it, a little insight into my life and why I love my job.  Am I crazy for loving to work from home? Sound off if you have any comments or similar stories. I’m curious to hear what you have to say!

Cheers,

Nick Cruit

ZogSportsSF GM

#HelloJersey

As many of you know, New Jersey has been going through a loss.  With the Nets moving to Brooklyn and not having a Garden State Football team, responsibility of pulling  Jersey through to the professional sport arena falls solely on the Devils and the Red Bulls. So with only two team to follow this coming year, ZogSportsNJ has some exciting news to share with our sisters and brethren in Jersey. While the Nets aren’t coming home anytime soon, we do have some equally exciting news for you Jersey Zoggers. This fall season, ZogSportsNJ is introducing a 23 league season!

Let’s go over the basics:

#HelloNewLeagues: With a brand new Bocce League in Hoboken, ZogSportsNJ is bringing more social to the field.  Thursday nights will now be filled with making new friends in Zog style. This old school game is bringing back the good ole days of calm and casual fun.

#HelloLongerSeason: Bring your ball- rolling skills to the lanes. Our co-ed bowling league in Union City is back! Socializing while you play and enjoying happy hour at the lanes is what Zog does best. This fall, ZogSportsNJ is offering a 10 game regular season in addition to the regular 6 game league. Wednesday nights in Union City will never be the same.That's right Jersey, we are back!

#HelloMontclair: We are happy to be back in Montclair this fall and want to formally welcome back our Dodgeball and Volleyball Leagues. With Volleyball on Mondays and Dodgeball on Tuesdays, your weeknights in Montclair will be filled with sports, friends and beer.

#HelloJerseyFootball: Even though the Jets and Giants play in Jersey, they are still known as New York teams. WTF, NFL? Thankfully, Zog is here to bring you some real New Jersey football this fall. While you watch your NFL team this fall, you can also play co-ed football with Jersey pride. Games will be held on Thursday and Sunday in Hoboken and Saturday in Montclair.

#HelloBergenCounty: Blue Law blues? Say no more! This fall season you can spend your Sunday with the Hackensack Soccer League. Weeknights will also be packed in Paramus with our Volleyball League.

Last but certainly not least:

#HelloFREEkickball: Yes, you heard it here first. ZogSportsNJ is offering the people of Montclair a preview of what is to come on in our kickball league this fall. Join us on Sunday, August 18th for a day of kicking and Zogging. Zoggers will then head on over to Just Jake’s to celebrate Kickball’s arrival in Montclair.

With a lot to look forward to this fall in the ZogSportsNJ world, we’re excited to say #HelloZoggers!  We’re back.

 

 

How to Pret and Zog, all in one day!

This past week, ZogSports had the opportunity to host a unique event for the infamous Pret -A-Manger. Now you may be wondering what  ZogSports and Pret have in common. Well not only do the Zog staff enjoy gobbling delicious chocolate chip cookies from the Pret on the corner of 38th and 6th, we also organize corporate sports leagues and private events for companies across NYC. So instead of hosting the Pret quarterly meeting in a conference room, they decided to bring their hard workers out to Roosevelt Island for some fun with ZogSports.

Doing what we do best, we spiced up their meeting with some activities to keep the Pret staffers moving. We setup shop with booths and games for the Pret staffers to enjoy, and our social sports leagues skills were put to the test. From football to ultimate Frisbee, ZogSports gave Pret a little taste of what we offer during our regular season leagues. And of course, in usual Zog fashion,  the sports activities merged into a huge happy hour. With 150 people in attendance, The River Walk Bar and Grill was ready to kick off the happy hour with open arms. Now Zoggers know that we don’t just sit like adults at a bar, we have to have our usual bar games ready to play. Staying true to our Zog roots, we setup beer pong for all!

We had a blast helping Pret host this event and can’t wait to run an Olympics event for the Pret employees later this summer!

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