Companies nationwide gathered around their television screens, packed conference rooms, and lunch spreads to watch today’s World Cup match against Germany. Hanover Research proved no exceptionas employees gathered in our Ballston and K Street offices to cheer on the USA.
Says Content Analyst James Finnegan, “Employees in the Ballston office gathered to cheer on Team USA as they battled for a spot in the Group of 16. With the game on the main projector screens, much pizza was consumed and anxiety endured during the 90 minutes of play that led to the United States’ advancement, despite a 0-1 loss to Germany.” Luckily for our staff, the pizza arrived before the USA-Germany hype created a DC-wide pizza shortage. Partner solutions also took a break from the end-of-quarter rush to enjoy the coveted pizza and watch the match, shared Kathryn Wicheta, Associate Director, Partner Solutions.
Nico Tamm in Business Intelligence found it “thrilling to see so much of Hanover supporting the US team in the match v. Germany today! Despite the narrow loss to the heavily favored Germans, the camaraderie of my fellow colleagues/co-patriots, along with a gluttonous dose of pizza (thanks Abbey!), made the viewing party an exhilarating success! Incredibly pumped to watch the US marching on towards the knockout stages.”
Meanwhile on 1700 K Street, the Sales and Communications team marked the occasion by flying World Cup flags and enjoying lunch from Greek Deli. Walker Hamby, Director of the Healthcare Development Center and perhaps the most invested person in the room, initially described the event succinctly as “pizza and patriotism.” Walker continued, “It was great to let off some steam and watch the game. Great loss from the USA. Glad we advanced!” Senior Development Associate Lane Stickley weighed in as well, “I agree. Working for a company that allows us to take breaks during one of our busiest weeks of the year to cheer on our country in an event that only comes around once every four years is great.”
Corporate Communications enjoyed live-tweeting the event. Harvard Education started the Twitter trend #longlunch with a picture of their staff, favoriting our tweet when we joined in as well. Emily Wade, a Hanover Research alumna, got on the bandwagon as well tweeting a picture of her colleagues at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Hanover Research primary research partner Research Now joined in the fun as well with Roslina Nieves from CNN covering the event.
What an exciting day for USA Soccer and fans across the country!