Want to don giant boxing gloves and knock the
(symbolic) bejesus out of a company adversary?
Add 300 pounds of imaginary weight via rubber Sumo
wrestler garb and bump soft tummies with a co-worker?
Dive into an arena filled with 7,000 red balls-just
for the fun of finding a single blue one? Then
Total Rebound is the organization for you.
Perhaps no one has tapped into the intrinsic fun
of corporate games better-and more successfully
than this Napa, Califomia-based company, which
provides interactive activities to meetings and
special events. Their products include everything
from the Velcro Wall inspired by David Letterman's
famous stunt to Human Bowling (participants are
strapped inside a huge plastic ball and rolled
by others down an inflatable 40 foot lane to knock
over six-foot pins.
Owner, John Wilkinson began the company five years
ago with the country's first OSHA-approved bungeejumping
site, one that gradually expanded to include some
50 games and activities, with new ones added to
the roster every month or so. Some are specifically
designed for the client, such as the boat-building
contest created this spring for a shipping company.
Wilkinson describes the full-day event: "Each
team [18 in all, with 10 people per team] competed
on six of our games for pieces of a blueprint that
showed how the boat was assembled. After they had
completed the blueprint, they had to build the
boat-made of cardboard, styrofoam, and plastic-and
then race the other teams on a lagoon." Teams
that were the craftiest, says Wilkinson, ended
up the winners. "They had to figure out which
member should compete in which event. The biggest
guy went into the Sumo wrestling suit, the most
agile went up the rock-climbing wall, and so on." After
the event, an emcee reiterated-in humorous terms-the
team building benefits of the day.
While the games are often taken very seriously,
the serious aspects are most often subsumed by
fun "A huge piece of our business comes from
the Silicon Valley," says Wilkinson "The
employees there are young, and they don't want
the typical canapes and-white-wine party. Wilkinson
and crew have created their jolly havoc for Ringling
Brothers Circus, Molson Breweries, Geena Davis's
wedding, and a party thrown by producer-director
George Lucas. The hottest new game? Wikinson nominates
the Velcro Obstacle Couse, in which Velcro covered
participants try to maneuver a 60 foot inflatable
course ridded wah Velcro obstacles. " It's
great for adults to play with their kids," he
says, "and that's the point-people interacting
with each other, and not just with the game."-M.A.
Contact Total Rebound at (800) 4-REBOUND