Broadview Heights repeats as Mind Challenge champions

by Dan Holland

Team Broadview Heights, in conjunction with the city’s Human Services Department, won its second consecutive Mind Challenge competition June 15. The team edged out Twinsburg in the championship round held at the Solon Senior Center.

The tournament, which featured 90 teams from 51 cities around Northeast Ohio, is modeled after the NCAA Basketball Tournament, with teams advancing or facing elimination in each round from week-to-week.

Co-founders Art Greenberg and Phil Levine organized the first competition in 2019.

Lana Oriani of Get Lucky Trivia conducted the championship match, while Cleveland radio personality Larry Morrow served as the event’s keynote speaker.

The team will donate its $2,500 first-place winnings to a local charity of its choice, according to Broadview Heights Humans Services Director Kathy Rush-Parsson.

“It’s very exciting, and it shows that if we challenge our seniors, they can really rise to the occasion,” said Parsson. “I was very impressed by the knowledge that they had; I didn’t know half the questions that they were able to answer, so my hat goes off to all of our team members. They did a fantastic job.” ∞