The inaugural CC Challenge brought out the competitor in everyone, taking participants on an Amazing Race-type adventure, following clues in a scavenger hunt all over New York’s Central Park.
CC’s “PitCCh In Foundation” raised more than $250,000 to help benefit inner-city youth in both the Tri-State Area and CC’s hometown of Vallejo, California.
Thirty-two teams of four or more followed different clues, solving puzzles and finding “actors” to provide more clues throughout the competition.PwC won the inaugural challenge and will garner the coveted “CC Cup” until next year’s Challenge.
The CC Challenge takes after TV’s “The Amazing Race” and received generous funding from Good Chime/ChimeOn.
“It was amazing,” said David Saar of New York. “It was awesome going up and down the park, the clues were difficult, but it brought out the competitiveness in everyone. Some of the clues didn’t bring us to the answers, but it would send us somewhere else to find another clues. So it kept things exciting. It was really cool.”
The weekend began with a special Rules Party, held at Canz-a-Citi. Competitors met and immediately began the trash talking. VIP competitors included Drew Gooden of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelli.
Teams received a CC Challenge Bag, which consisted of a treasure map around Central Park, a list of clues a lighter and a black light. All items would be needed at some point of the Challenge.
During the Challenge fans followed CC both on Twitter and literally around the park. Fans followed CC and his team of his wife Amber, son Carsten and their new friend, cancer survivor Dugan Smith, offering their assistance in finding clues. Fans who couldn’t be at Central Park also followed CC on Twitter (#CCChallenge), following clues to win great prizes.
“I’ve done scavenger hunts, races and other things around the park, but never something like this. It was awesome!” said Adriana Garza of New York.
Some competitors are already set for next year’s Challenge.
“Very well done,” said George Baldwin of New York. “CC and Amber are very wonderful people. “The fact that they give so much back to the community, that’s all you can ask for. I would be very happy to do this again next year.”