Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Corporate Cup Veteran Looks Back as 2016 Contest Begins

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Corporate Cup Veteran Looks Back as 2016 Contest Begins

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In 1996, Joanna Tabit's Corporate Cup team, the Steptoe and Johnson law firm, lost their first game in the Kanawha Valley's Corporate Cup's double elimination softball tournament. Though they had already sacrificed their chance of a first-place win, Tabit said the team was committed to climbing the bracket.

She remembered impressive plays like an outfield throw to the team's underestimated female catcher. The catcher caught the ball, tagged the runner closing in on home plate and was the hero of the game. Though it was an uphill battle, plays like this allowed the team to pull through.

The Steptoe and Johnson team played five other games that day, securing the runner-up position.

"It was a second-place finish that felt like first, Tabit said.

Corporate Cup can be highly competitive, but not all teams are as relentless as the 1996 Steptoe and Johnson softball team. A common joke among her co-workers at the time, Tabit said, was that the law firm geared their hiring practices towards employees who would benefit them the most in the cup.

Tabit made her start in the early 1990s and finished over two decades later in 2014. She only stopped when she was appointed as a circuit judge in Kanawha County.

If it was up to her, she would still be out on the field, softball bat in hand.

"I love my job, she said, "but I do miss [Corporate Cup] during the month of June,

While Tabit, 55, has been around for the majority of the cup's 31- year existence, she said that the only major change she noticed was in the time it took her to recover.

"When you're doing this in your late 20s or early 30s, it's very different than when you're doing it in your 50s, she said.

The Corporate Cup does demand a level of physical activity, but Tabit said that it does an exceptional job of accommodating the various ages that participate. For example, she said track and field events have two classes: open and 35 plus.

This year's event, hosted by the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, begins June 4 and will last three weeks, ending June 25. Businesses and organizations in the Kanawha Valley will take part in sporting events ranging from volleyball to bowling to cornhole. …

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