Nerd Street Gamers, a national infrastructure company with a focus on gaming and esports, has announced that it has partnered with Brentwood Parks and Recreation in Missouri to give youths better access to esports. The partnership is a multi-phase collaboration between the two that will begin with “a fun and safe” in-person after-school esports program for children ages 7-13 in the spring at Localhost St. Louis, Nerd Street Gamers’ esports and gaming center.
Taking what Nerd Street Gamers calls a “play-centric” approach to teaching esports, the after-school program will be part of Camp Localhost. This program will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM CT starting March 29 and running through May 21. Participants will be able to play such games as Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, Rocket League, and FIFA. Participants will be able to drop in on a rolling basis.
“Esports is traditionally an industry with a very high barrier to entry, as gamers need professional-grade equipment and internet with low latency to compete with the best out there,” said Taryn McCarty, manager of local partnerships and Nerd Street Network. “Our goal as an organization has always been to lower that barrier to entry in esports so gamers of all demographics and skill levels can have the same opportunities to compete as the pros. And this partnership with Brentwood Parks and Rec is doing just that.”
The partnership with Brentwood is nothing new for Nerd Street Gamers as the organization recently signed a new deal with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Nerd Street looks at both of these engagements as an opportunity to partner with parks and recreation groups to give locals youths competitive esports experiences.
McCarty: “Kids in lower income areas lean on their parks and recreation organizations, so we’re aiming to use this partnership to inspire and empower young people to socialize in a fun and different way by giving them the tools they need to succeed in esports.”
The after-school program aims to help gamers socialize with others, make friends, and develop critical thinking skills, all within the environment of esports. Coaches associated with this program will undergo a professional background screen and are expected to be role models for campers.
Sign up for the Nerd Street Gamers and Brentwood Parks & Rec after-school program here.
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