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Live Downtown Games continues with second annual week-long event in Downtown Detroit

 Live Downtown Games continues with second annual week-long event in Downtown
                                   Detroit

BCBSM, Compuware, DTE Energy, Marketing Associates, Quicken Loans, Strategic
Staffing Solutions to compete in week-long Olympic-style events July 22-26 in
Downtown Detroit

PR Newswire

DETROIT, July 12, 2013

DETROIT, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The game is on and the competition is
fierce as the six Live Downtown companies face off in the second annual Live
Downtown Games July 22-26.

Last year, Detroit's finest athletes from five major area employers showcased
their talent and skills in the inaugural Live Downtown Games. The Games
resulted in an intense, week-long competition between Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing
Solutions. Compuware took home top honors. This year, Marketing Associates
joined the Live Downtown program and the Games.

The 2013 Live Downtown Games will kick off at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, with
opening ceremonies in the heart of Downtown Detroit – Campus Martius Park –
marking the two-year anniversary of the Live Downtown incentive program.

"The collaboration among these companies, with the recent addition of
Marketing Associates, continues to grow and serves as a shining example of
what can be accomplished with cooperation and a sense of larger purpose," said
Dave Blaszkiewicz, president and CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. "The
2012 games were a huge success, connecting people all around the city and
contributing to the positive growth, momentum and sense of community within
Detroit."

Over the course of five days during lunch and following work hours, employees
from each Live Downtown company will compete in a series of Olympic-style
activities in various Downtown Detroit locations. The companies will also
combine efforts to support educational achievement in the city of Detroit.

The competition will be based on a point system with the winner crowned at the
closing ceremonies on Friday, July 26. The complete schedule of activities is
listed below. Highlights include: the executive bungee run immediately
following opening ceremonies, which begins the week of competition; field day
at DTE Energy's campus; a Detroit-themed scavenger hunt and a community
philanthropic event benefitting the Detroit Public Schools. Employees will
also have an opportunity to interact on Thursday, July 25 at a mixer event at
Sound Board, sponsored by MCCH.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 22
11 a.m.      Opening Ceremonies, Campus Martius Park

11:30          Executive Bungee Run, Campus Martius Park
a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 1 Obstacle Course Team Competition, Campus Martius Park
p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 9  Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus
p.m.            Martius
6 p.m. – 10    Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club,
p.m.          1441 Woodward Ave.
Tuesday, July 23
11 a.m. - 1    Philanthropy Day – Detroit Public Schools Back Pack
p.m.      Stuffing Relay
                    Compuware Atrium, One Campus Martius
5:30 p.m. – 9  Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus
p.m.          Martius
6 p.m. – 10    Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club,
p.m.          1441 Woodward Ave.
Wednesday, July 24
11 a.m. – 1    Field Day, DTE Energy Campus, One Energy Plaza
p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 9  Competitive Volleyball Tournament, Compuware, One Campus
p.m.           Martius
6 p.m. – 10    Table Tennis Tournament, Drive Table Tennis Social Club,
p.m.         1441 Woodward Ave.
Thursday, July 25
11 a.m. –      Competitive Volleyball Championship, Compuware, One Campus
1p.m.       Martius
                    Table Tennis Championship, Compuware Corporation
                    Detroit Scavenger Hunt and Employee Mixer, MotorCity
6 p.m. – 9     Casino Sound Board, 2901 Grand
p.m.
                    River Ave. (Note: This event is not open to the public.)
Friday, July 26
11 a.m. – 12   Closing ceremonies with Live Downtown Games winner
p.m.       announced at Campus Martius Park



A special thank you to tee-shirt sponsor Opportunity Detroit, a campaign that
promotes downtown Detroit as a great place to live, work and play, and all of
our event hosts DTE Energy, Compuware, MotorCity Casino Hotel and Drive Table
Tennis Social Club, and in-kind sponsors The Robot Garage and Just Topped.

Daily updates will be posted at www.downtowndetroit.org/summergames/. The
official hashtag of the Live Downtown Games is #DETgames.

In 2012, the Live Downtown Games were created to celebrate the one-year
anniversary of the Live Downtown program, which is coordinated by the Downtown
Detroit Partnership and administered by Midtown Detroit Inc. The five-year,
more than $4 million Live Downtown Incentive Program was created to
incentivize people working in Downtown Detroit to consider investing in a home
in the city in which they work and play. The program focuses on building
density in Downtown and designated nearby neighborhoods: Corktown, Lafayette
Park, Eastern Market, Woodbridge and the Midtown areas ofBrush Park, Cass
Park, Art Center, and Lower Cass. For more information on the Live Downtown
program, visit http://www.detroitlivedowntown.org/.

SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Website: http://www.detroitlivedowntown.org
Contact: Newsroom, 313-549-9884, newsroom@bcbsm.com
 
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