All smiles: SPEAR teammates are full of joy and SPEAR-IT!
SPEAR is known for top-notch physical and occupational therapy treatment, but we’re also known for another value we’re very proud of: our culture. Lovingly referred to as our “SPEAR-IT,” this whimsical embodiment of our combined passion, energy, dedication, and unity is at the forefront of everything we do. That’s why we celebrate our people every summer at our ‘Picnic in the Park’ event. This year we had some fun, endearingly naming our company retreat “SPEARFEST,” and appropriately so, for it was a day filled with palpable comradery and love amongst all of our teammates!
An annual event, last Friday’s companywide event differed from our picnics of the past. It was not just a fun day in the sun, nor just a day to host some friendly competitions. SPEARFEST this year marked our first collective gathering companywide—with the necessary cancellation of the event the year prior, and not having been together for over 19 months, this event was an opportunity to be together once again. 350 of our teammates gathered to celebrate just that: our collective synergy and the chance to be united again, despite the challenges we’ve all faced this past difficult year.
Together again, we celebrated our synergy, collective teamwork, and the opportunity to be a little closer to a state of normal. The event was created with our people in mind: a day to relax, kick back, and enjoy each other’s company.
Leading up to the event, we held our well-known ‘SPEAR-IT Week’ across our social platforms. Consisting of different themed days, ‘SPEAR-IT Week’ is an opportunity for all of our clinics to build excitement for the big event. With 21 clinics sprinkled across our boroughs and into Westchester, it’s not often we can have all our teammates together under one roof. With the cancellation of our All Hands Meeting (our companywide meeting created to celebrate our clinics’ successes and discussion for continued growth), it was even more essential to build connection and engagement between our clinics and regions.
Human Pyramid by LIC – CityView
Penn Plaza on Twinning Thursday
Of course, we had to up the ante, too, by stirring in some friendly competition: each clinic had the chance to submit photos and videos with our Theme Day challenges to earn points towards the coveted SPEAR-IT Week Champion title! Clinics within each region uplifted one another and helped garner votes from family and friends via social media comments and likes in hopes of having their region crowned winner, to be announced at SPEARFEST! ‘SPEAR-IT Week’ was rockin’, with our teammates creating incredibly synchronized choreographies, building human pyramids, filming insane music videos, and dressing in coordination. The fun could not be contained! (Pssst…if you missed our team’s amazing submissions, check them out on our Instagram and Facebook pages!)
SPEAR-IT Week continued with a city-wide Scavenger Hunt (if you were in Manhattan, you might have encountered one of our own asking you some silly questions or capturing funny moments!), ending right at the start of our SPEARFEST event. Held at The Armory Foundation’s indoor track & field center, the gigantic space was jam-packed with leisurely activities for everyone to enjoy. This event was created to be a fun and enjoyable day, to build comradery amongst our teammates, to celebrate our wins, and to relish in the sheer joy of being together again.
SPEAR Teammates having some Cornhole fun!
Duck and Hide in full effect!
There’s nothing like a professional ‘Simon Says’ Champion to get the crowd excited!
It was also an opportunity to celebrate all the hard work our team has put in throughout the year. All together under one roof, we took the opportunity to hand out some well-deserved awards and prizes. We revealed our leaderboards numbers, which are numerical stats on how our clinicians performed this year, on a huge Jumbotron screen. With award categories ranging from Review Rockstar, to Patient Commitment, and our highly respected SPEAR Impact Award, we wanted to acknowledge our people’s hard work and reward them for their dedication and tenacity, especially through one of the toughest times the city has ever been through. It is important to acknowledge those who go above and beyond for others, for they are true leaders! CEO and Co-founder Dan Rootenberg also presented the Armory Foundation with a $20,000 donation to be used towards the non-profit organization’s mission to serve NYC youth by promoting fitness and education through a broad range of athletic, educational, and community programs.
SPEAR CEO and Co-founder, Dan Rootenberg, presents donation to The Armory Foundation
The rest of the day was just fun and games—literally! With gigantic versions of Jenga and Pac Man, an inflatable wrecking ball, a life-sized Twister board, and even a professional ‘Simon Says’ champion present to administer the game, the stadium was roaring with laughter and good vibes. And that’s what it’s truly all about—providing a fun, synergistic experience for all of our teammates who so deserved a breath of relief from a long year.
Thank you to the entire team for bringing their all to the profession every day, for continuing to put patients first, and for always helping to support one another. Together, we can do it all.
Our Freedom Region, the crowning champions of SPEAR-IT Week, share the coveted trophy prize!
The SPEAR Team!