RISCPA Olympics returns to benefit Food Bank

The “RISCPA Olympics” returned on November 13 at Providence College’s Petersen Recreation Center.

Individuals from accounting firms, organizations, businesses and colleges participated in a range of events designed to test the athletic abilities of participants, fitness fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Nearly 120 people participated in this year’s competition.  Teams were comprised of five to 10 members and all proceeds were donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank including over 1,000 lbs of food.  The top three teams were from Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. and KPMG.

David Fontes, CPA, CFE, a manager at BlumShapiro in Providence and member of RISCPA’s Rhode Island Young Accountants Network (RIYAN), came up with the idea for the event last year.  

“The RIYAN committee was looking for a way to get local accounting professionals and students more involved with our surrounding community,” said Shapiro. “We wanted something that we could put together ourselves rather than piggy-back on an existing event.”

The 2013 event took place at Rhode Island College with more than 130 individuals from 18 teams. Fontes sees the Olympics as an ideal way to promote the mission of the RIYAN committee.    

“We try to find ways to meet our mission to help grow and improve the accounting profession not only from a professional standpoint but also a social standpoint,” he said. “This event teaches young professionals the importance of giving back. Hopefully, it can be a starting block for them to become more involved with their communities.”

Megan Cavazuti, a senior at Providence College and president of the school’s Accounting Association, agrees.  Cavazuti took part in the inaugural event last year.

“It was a great opportunity to network with local professionals and other accounting students in a relaxed setting,” she said. “It allows students to be competitive outside of the classroom in a fun and creative way, while giving back to the Providence community.”