By: Brent Murphree & Stacey Gorman
On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Team Cotton participated in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend race events in Memphis, Tennessee. There were 14 participants representing Team Cotton including a Cotton Board Member and his wife, as well as Cotton Board staff and spouses. Team Cotton had members participating in the marathon, marathon relay and the 5K and together walked, jogged, and ran over 92 miles.
The Cotton Board has participated in the race weekend for the past three years. The race is a major fundraiser for St Jude's Children's Research Hospital and helps fund lifesaving procedures and cancer treatments for children. Team Cotton's slogan is "Team Cotton may sound soft, be we race hard for the kids at St. Jude's."
This is just one of the example of how The Cotton Board's HR Manager, Emily Wyonzek, pushes The Cotton Board staff to be healthy, well rounded employees. "I believe our efforts to foster a healthy work environment create an atmosphere of teamwork and solidarity. When everyone has a similar goal in one area, it spreads throughout the entire organization." said Wyonzek.