I need a little help wording a polite refusal statement.
At work on Friday we're supposed to be doing a walk-a-thon. Our department heads have decided that in our particular department it will take too much time to do the walk-a-thon and instead we will be buying tickets (for a nominal amount) and this gets us a hot dog. I'm fine with that except that our department head also informed us that we will be picking teams and some team members will be volunteered to "play some games".
I know ahead of time that these games will be the kind of stupid difficult tasks that are designed to may the player look like a total fool for the general amusement of their coworkers. I know that some people find this funny and entertaining, but I definitely do not in any shape or form take any sort of pleasure of either embarassing myself for other's amusement or find it funny to laugh at those who do.
I have no problem standing up for myself and peer pressure and bullying simply will not work against me, but I need some help phrasing a refusal that doesn't come off as insulting or rude to my boss. What I want to say is "No thank you, I won't be participating in the games. I've given my money, but if the hot dog requires that I play these games then I will skip the food."
If she persists in trying to push me, I want to say "I'm sorry but I don't find the act of humiliating myself for other's amusement to be pleasent, nor do I find it amusing to watch, so I won't be participating".
Is there a better way to phrase this? I think I'm coming off as very abrupt and probably rather condescending.