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Human Resources | May 4, 2018

How Oracle and the Golden State Warriors Empower Girls on the Run

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By: Andy Yen, Product Marketing Director

The 2018 NBA Playoffs are here! It’s one of my favorite times of the year where I spend a lot more time in front of my TV than I probably should—watching and cheering on the Golden State Warriors! This year, the competition is more fierce than ever, as diehard fans can even see how their favorite NBA teams stack up with Oracle Analytics and data visualization tools. But the purpose of this blog isn’t to predict who will win or to promote our analytics solutions, it’s to highlight an area of work that often goes underappreciated in the professional world—volunteering. At Oracle, we have a whole team who dedicates their time to helping employees find ways to give back. I believe that it's participation like this that helps make work more human, something we encourage all of our Oracle HCM Cloud human resources customers to do! 

Last month, I volunteered with the Golden State Warriors and several Oracle colleagues to host a basketball clinic for Girls on the Run. I didn’t know much about Girls on the Run before the event, but their mission statement resonated with me:  

We believe that every girl can embrace who she is,

can define who she wants to be,

can rise to any challenge,

can change the world.

Can.

The basketball clinic was hosted at Oracle Arena, on the home court of the defending NBA champions. Shortly after arriving, I realized this was not going to be just a half-day of playing basketball with middle school girls, it was #BiggerThanBasketball. The energy and excitement of walking from the tunnel onto the court was more than I’ve felt from watching several professional NBA games this year.

The entire experience was electric, from the moment the girls ran from the player tunnel in their Warriors-Oracle branded attire to center court. The girls participated in passing, shooting, and dribbling drills, and got to hear WNBA legend Ruthie Bolton and NBA champion Kevon Looney deliver life lessons on what it takes to win in business and life.

One of the quotes that stood out to me from Looney was, “If you’re on time, you’re already late”. Every interaction, from meeting several new Oracle colleagues to running basketball drills with the girls, I was reminded of Oracle’s culture and commitment to winning. These were strong lessons that could not be learned in a traditional classroom or office setting. 

Volunteer programs are a great way for your HR team to help boost your company's brand, attract top talent, and increase employee engagement. Oracle HCM Cloud's My Volunteering can help your organization inspire people to take action and change the world. Reward employees through an official VTO program or with cool swag, create personalized volunteer recommendations and help facilitate team bonding—all while giving back to your local community.  

What does your team do to help out your local community? Share with us on Twitter using #OracleHCM and you could be featured on our next blog about making work more human!

Andy Yen leads product marketing for several products under the Oracle HCM Cloud portfolio. Prior to joining Oracle, Andy led platform and technology product marketing at SAP SuccessFactors. You can follow him on Twitter @yensta

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