More than 300 participants are expected to test their steady hands and sense of balance at the third installment of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia’s successful Giant Jenga Tournament next month. Proceeds will fund scholarships for current high school students and ACE alumni currently enrolled in higher education and focusing on an ACE (architecture, construction, or engineering) related career path. The winning team will earn naming rights for an alumni scholarship to be given at the 18th Annual ACE Scholarship Breakfast in May.
The tournament will take place February 7 at Philadelphia’s Drexel University. A total of 32 teams of four will play Giant Jenga — just like the tabletop game only super-sized— round-robin style.
“Giant Jenga has proven to be a fun and exciting way to engage our younger mentors, students, and longtime supporters,” said Brian Rawlings, PE, SECB, ACE Fundraising Committee Chair and Principal of O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers. “We’d love to see this event grow to include participants from firms outside the design and construction industry.”
In 2017 and 2018 combined, the Giant Jenga Tournament raised $24,500 for scholarships and drew attention to the impact of the ACE Mentor Program. STEM careers, including those in design and construction, are in high demand in today’s global economy. ACE Greater Philadelphia exposes traditionally underrepresented groups – minorities and young women – to educational and career opportunities available in ACE careers through mentoring, support, and scholarships.
If you’re interested in attending or sponsoring the event, individual tickets, team registrations, and sponsorship opportunities remain available to the public.