Perforce Team Plays Dodgeball for a Cause

Staff of Alameda-based Perforce Software competed in the first Octocat Dodgeball Invitational, competing against teams from other tech firms like Twitter, Github, New Relic, Twili and Plum District. The 19 teams were paired randomly for each round, according to the software firm, up to the final showdown. (Games 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,’ ” said Allison Banks, director of human resources for Perforce and the team’s coach.

“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,” Banks explained.

The friendly competition among the tech companies gave employees a chance to socialize outside work, according to Perforce. Plus, it was a successful charity benefit.

Perforce played on behalf of the Alameda Food Bank and donated $1,500 to local cause and $1,500 to the tournament as part of its participation. Some $27,000 was raised for the winning team’s charity: Heifer International, which works to empower families worldwide through sustainable development. (The event took place at the Mission Recreation Center in San Francisco.)

Perforce Software has its own foundation that makes donations to the local community and beyond on behalf of the company, according to its website. Every year, each employee is encouraged to choose up to three charities or causes to receive (or share) a $1,500 donation paid by the foundation.

Janet Levaux