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An idea that started four years ago has not only come to fruition, but has also begun to form its own tradition.  Young Professional activities within the Dayton region have, within the past five years, started to gain a lot of traction.  Cities, towns, chambers of commerce and even devoted individuals have started to realize a need for these types of unique networking groups.  It truly is amazing to know the depth and variety of Y.P. groups in the Greater Dayton Area.

The Young Professional’s Cup is based on the idea of bringing all Y.P. groups in the region together for an interactive day of networking & philanthropy, as well as a day of fun.  Started in 2013 by the Beavercreek Young Professionals, the Y.P. Cup is hosted by a local Y.P. group.  That group selects the charity, tournament format (i.e. sport and rules), location, and gathers sponsors from the area.  Being a part of the Beavercreek Young Professionals, we were very blessed to have partnered with the folks over at Franklin University – Beavercreek Location.  They have been a huge supporter of Y.P.s in the area and have helped advance the tournament to what it is today.

In 2013, eight groups (UpDayton, Young Professionals at Austin Landing, Beavercreek Young Professionals, Springboro Young Professionals, Generation Dayton, H.Y.P.E., Junior Force Council, and Xenia Area Young Professionals) participated in a softball tournament held in Beavercreek.  This past Saturday, the Y.P. Cup was able to add two new groups (Middletown Young Professionals & Dayton Area Board of Realtors) and hold a Kickball tournament at the Athletes in Action fields in Xenia.  This is such a fun event and I love being a part of it.

The Xenia Area Young Professionals were the ones who carried the torch this year.  Who will be next?