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In Support of a Cure: SK&A Competes in JDRF's 26th Real Estate Games

June 4, 2015

For the 9th consecutive year, The SK&A Group (SK&A) participated in the JDRF Real Estate Games in support of the organization’s mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). SK&A was involved as a Gold level sponsor and sent a team of 15 competitors and three volunteers to the event held on June 4th at American University in Washington, DC. The SK&A team competed in various events such as chair hockey, men’s basketball, the men’s 5K race, foosball, golf, pairs sack race, the main event, an obstacle course, the big trike derby, the chair relay, and indoor volleyball.

Overall, SK&A’s teams for foosball, men’s basketball, the sack race, and indoor volleyball put forth strong efforts winning their first rounds, but were later eliminated from their respective events. The chair hockey team made it to the quarterfinals of their event and the chair relay team held a comfortable lead in all four sections of their heat, but were ultimately overtaken at the last curve by a tough competitor and were unable to advance. The obstacle course team battled through the slippery, tricky, and dizzying course and posted a respectable time. SK&A also performed well in other individual events posting a fast time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds for the men’s 5K race, advancing to the second round of the main event, and achieving a close distance to the flag in the golf event. 

The biggest achievement of the day was in the big trike derby, where the team led their heat from start to finish and posted the fastest time of the day to win first place overall in the event. Catherine Pastoor, a Structural Engineer III with the firm, said “JDRF is a really fun event. I love taking a break from the office to go run around with co-workers and clients to support a great cause!”   

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About the JDRF Real Estate Games

Since its founding in 1989, the JDRF Real Estate Games is an annual fundraiser where local firms from all facets of the commercial real estate industry compete against each other in an Olympic-style sporting event, to raise money for T1D research. With the support of over 120 companies and 2,400 participants, this year’s 26th Anniversary event raised a record breaking $480,000.

About The SK&A Group 

Founded in 1960, The SK&A Group provides structural engineering as well as structural testing and inspection services to public and private sector clients within the building industry. Comprised of three separate firms, Smislova, Kehnemui & Associates, PA (SK&A MD), SK&A Structural Engineers, PLLC (SK&A DC), and Eastern Testing & Inspection Corporation (ETI), The SK&A Group seamlessly provides clients with specialized expertise and pooled resources within a range of structural related consulting services — from structural analysis, design, repair, and restoration to testing and inspection.