Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight launched the Corporate SWAT Challenge in 2010 as a unique community event to benefit local youth programs. This year's event will benefit the Sheriff's Activities League of Sarasota County, Inc. (SAL), whose slogan is "Connecting Kids to the Community." Students from Venice Middle School, Englewood Elementary School, Laurel Nokomis School and Booker Middle School participating in SAL enjoy a variety of unique programs that provide youth with safe, experiential opportunities which allow them to explore diverse aspects of our communities while developing positive relationships with law enforcement.
The exclusive competition includes four tactical events that involve endurance activities and strategic thinking. While the goal is to have fun and benefit a worthy cause, this event is for competitors who want to challenge themselves is a team-building atmosphere.
The contest includes events such as he Hostage Rescue, Downed Officer Event, Ladder Scramble and ends with team members tackling different portions of the grueling military-style SWAT Obstacle Course and Zip Line.
Sheriff Tom Knight’s Corporate SWAT Challenge is typically held in October each year at Knight Trail Park in Nokomis.