It’s time to sign up for Workshops, Inc.’s 2018 Cornhole Cup on May 19

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Slots are filling up fast for Workshops, Inc’s annual Cornhole Cup! Register your team by following this link.

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Cornhole cup participants showing off their skills at the 2017 Cornhole Cup held at Cahaba Brewing. This year’s tournament returns to the popular local brewery. Photo via Workshops, Inc.

Don’t Miss Out!

Now in its seventh year, the Workshops, Inc. Cornhole Cup is a Birmingham tradition!

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This year’s presenting sponsor is Regions, with additional sponsorship funding from Surgical Care Affiliates, Bradley, Business Electronic Corporation, Maynard Cooper Gale and Viva Health.

All The Details

The tournament involves teams of two competing for fun prizes while hanging out at Cahaba Brewing (paging all local, craft beer enthusiasts).

Two Tiers Of Tournament Play
  • Social: playing mostly for fun.
  • Competitive: playing not just for the prizes but to qualify for an annual championship.
  • Winning teams in both categories receive cash prizes!
  • The Social play starts at 1 p.m.
  • The Competitive play starts at 4 p.m.
Silent Auction

Everyone at Cahaba Brewing has a chance to bid on great silent auction items, including gift certificates to local restaurants, artwork, clothing from local boutiques and more!

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Last year’s Spirit Chest was a popular auction item! Photo via Workshops, Inc.

There is also a Spirit Chest where participants purchase keys to try to unlock a chest full of adult beverages.

“This year we’re preparing for at least 40 Social teams to play, along with 20 Competitive teams, so yes. It’s a very popular event that keeps growing!” said Leroy Abrahams, event chair for the Workshops, Inc. Junior Board.

“It’s going to be a really good time! We’ll have the whole afternoon to play and socialize and learn about the programs at Workshops, Inc.”

All About Workshops, Inc.

For more than 100 years Workshops, Inc. has served people with disabilities in the Birmingham area. They train people for work and then help them find and succeed in jobs throughout the community. Taris Richardson, one of Workshops, Inc.’s consumers, says that the people there are his family.

“They help me on the right path to my life” Richardson said. “(I’ve) been with them for 18 years. They keep me out of trouble and keep me busy working. They keep my confidence up and my head up. I am glad to be with them!”

The programs offer an array of vocational rehabilitation services that are geared toward helping people with disabilities become employed. They help people gain and keep employment in a number of ways:

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  • The Employee Development Program helps those who may have never worked before, or they may have been away from employment for some time or have trouble retaining knowledge of how to be a good employee.
  • Community Employment Services are for those who already demonstrate good work habits and need help finding a job.
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Consumer Taris Richardson putting together promotional packets for a business customer. Photo via Workshops, Inc.
  • The Youth Transition Program is for high school students who seek some basic work experience or soft skills training to help them transition from school to work.
  • The Affirmative Business Enterprise provides training opportunities and longer-term employment for people with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment.
  • The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) serves low-income seniors in Jefferson County.

The Cornhole Cup allows Workshops, Inc. to expand these programs to more people!

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Are you the next Cornhole Cup Champion? Photo via Workshops, Inc.
Lots of Fun! Lots of Prizes! Some Very Cool Jackets!

All registered team members receive a free Cahaba Brewing beer (if over 21), so there’s that incentive! There’s also a silent auction, the big $600 grand-prize pool and best of all: the official Cornhole Champion jackets.

“The Cornhole Champion jackets are really fun,” said Mary Hendley, Workshops, Inc.’s director of development and marketing. “We go get a couple of big jackets and then our junior board members decorate them and really deck them out!”

Um, Cornhole?

Just in case you have no idea what cornhole is, it’s a bean-bag tossing game. The game is easy and suits all age levels, not to mention it offers a laid-back way to spend an afternoon at a brewery, helping out one of Jefferson County’s thriving nonprofits.

“Essentially you have two boards, about 25 feet away from each other, and there’s a hole near the top of each board,” Abrahams said.

“The objective is to get as many bags in the hole or on the board as possible. You get points if your bag lands on the board and more if you get it them in hole.”

Here are the official rules. See you at Cahaba Brewing on May 19! Register your team here!

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