4/4/09

The Unemployment Olympics were a great success!


I lost my job in February after nearly three years at a computer firm in downtown Manhattan- It was liberating-- I walked out and into a chilly day holding a big bag off stuff, but the day felt fresher, and I knew that many adventures were ahead. That night, or the next day, I wondered aloud to a friend about how great it would be to be able to compete in athletic events to win prizes--"The Unemployment Olympics", I would call it.

A few weeks later I decided to create and host the Olympics. I applied for a permit at New York's Parks and Recreation office, and submitted an event listing to Time Out.  I put out a press release, and FOX NEWS called and asked if I'd come on their show. It was a huge thrill-- you can check out the bit here-

A whirlwind of making stuff, getting more donations, planning events, responding to the RSVP'ers, and just generally freaking out later...

And check out how it turned out! Everyone had a ball, and it got news coverage from LA to Montreal, Australia and Shanghai--

Here is some video from the New York Post and The Associated Press...






2 comments:

A Beautiful Mind said...

Nick, saw you on Jo's blog. Congrats on turning this into a positive! If you ever decide you want to go back to programming and/or mechanical engineering, my husband works as a software engineer for an international company and, if you sent a resume for him to look at, would probably be willing to recommend you. So, feel free to email me if ever... Best of luck!

Adam K Olson said...

Heard about this event last night in Park Slope, sounds amusing.

You wouldn't happen to be the same Nick Goddard that went to Rochester Adams High?