Vail Valley Bizwatch: We Have Fun, sport/bar leagues
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: We Have Fun LLC.
Date opened: December 2008.
Owners: Scott Robinson, Matt Gustafson.
What goods or services do you provide? We Have Fun LLC offers young professionals an alternative means for business and social networking. We are dedicated to providing professionally run sport/bar leagues in Denver and Vail.
What’s new or exciting at your place? Registration is currently open for our second Summer Co-ed Kickball League. Games are every Sunday at 6 or 7 p.m. in Eagle Vail at Battle Mountain High School. The cost is $45 per person with a minimum of 12 people per team. Anyone who is new to the area can register as a free agent and we will find a team for you. Registration deadline is June 9 and the league runs June 13 Aug. 29.
Every participant gets a T-shirt, a guaranteed nine-week season with another two weeks of playoffs. Coors is an official sponsor and will provide free beer along with giveaway nights. Every participant will get food and drink specials at a local bar. In addition, championship teams get T-shirts that commemorate their victory.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? The competition limits itself to only one activity. We intend to offer a number of fun activities, from outdoor sports to indoor sports, and from bar leagues to bus trips to concerts and professional sporting events. We will organize any fun activity of interest to our participants.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? We started We Have Fun because we were tired of lackadaisically-run adult sports leagues. We want our league participants to have as much fun as possible. For that to happen, we always put the participants’ needs first, make sure our umpires are fair and knowledgeable, and provide a two-way communication platform so our customers can find league information and provide us with feedback.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Both Matt and I graduated from CU Boulder in 2002. At CU, we organized charity softball tournaments once a year to benefit a battered women’s shelter in Boulder. We built upon the knowledge we gained from organizing those tournaments to start We Have Fun.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? We were playing in a drop-in kickball game that we organized to help promote our Denver league. Matt started chasing down a fly ball, but didn’t notice that wind was carrying the ball closer and closer to the fence. At the last second he laid out and ran head-first into the fence. With his left arm stuck under the fence, he raised his right hand proudly holding the red rubber ball, yelling “I got it!” Once we knew he wasn’t seriously hurt, we cracked up at the sight of him eating dirt!