They scaled walls, jumped fences, and hiked along logs moored in muddy waters. And with every obstacle conquered, they faced another in its place. As participants in the notoriously strenuous Goliath Gauntlet race, it’s what a team of 18 Hill York volunteers signed up for, relishing every grueling “no guts, no glory” moment. It took a total team effort with lots of support and encouragement every step along the way to cross the finish line together. In the end, no Hill Yorker was left behind.
“We knew we were in for a rough time and that’s the fun of it,” said Hill York team captain Sonny Ng. “Recognizing that 100 per cent of the event proceeds go to support the children’s homes at Sheridan House makes it a labor of love.”
Hosted at the Sheridan House Campus in Davie, the Goliath Gauntlet is a physically and mentally challenging 3.5 mile race over and through difficult terrain, water and obstacles that tests strength and endurance. Participants navigate 20 obstacles in a series of back-to-back obstructions and barriers.
“The event slogan was ‘Go-Liath or Go Home’,” Ng noted. “We Hill Yorkers take pride in going the distance in everything we do, so there was no question we were crossing that finish line even if we had to crawl our way there.”
A long-time supporter of Sheridan House, Hill York has held food and clothing drives and hosted a monthly Bible study luncheon by Dr. Bob Barnes, President of Sheridan House Family Ministries. Its outreach campaign, “Hill York Helps: Comforting Those In Need,” engages employees in four offices throughout Florida in a company-wide effort to volunteer a combined total of 500 hours in their communities for a diverse range of charitable causes.
Sheridan House was established in 1968 as a home for boys with behavioral issues. Since then, the Sheridan House Residential Program has grown from one home caring for eight boys to multiple homes caring for many at-risk middleschool aged boys and girls each year. In addition to residential care for children, the charity conducts marriage and parenting seminars and offers counseling, training and assistance to parents and single mothers.
A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida.