Today in Meridian, Parks and Recreation held a program introducing local kids to E-Sports during their spring break.
Many kids came out for the city of Meridian’s first ever “Game Days” program at the Velma Young Community Center.
The free program is being held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this week, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Providing kids, ages 9-14 with the opportunity to play E- Sports on multiple gaming consoles and the opportunity to exercise.
This week is the city’s test run of the “Game Days” program.
“Our hopes is that it grows, we get more participation from the kids, because its—we’re meeting them where they are with the gaming, but we’re also making them socialize with other kids, which a lot of them miss at home and we’re adding in that physical exercise aspect of it allowing the open gym for them to shoot basketball and they’re interacting not only with the other kids, but adults and they’re just learning a lot more that way”, Arthur Harris with parks and recreation.
Some of the participating kids shared what they liked the most about the program.
“The activities, the games, the sports and food and stuff”, said Daquan Jones, 14-year-old participant.
“It’s been a good day, because it keeps kids off the streets and stuff and like helps kids come together”, said Tyrese Holmes, 13-year-old participant.
Meridian Parks and Rec teamed up with local organization “1st and Ten” for this program and they believe that “game days” is the perfect program for today’s youth.
“The only thing you have to do is know what the kids like to do and of course gaming is one of the biggest things they have going right now and like I said with parks and recreation that’s a big, big, big combination. We have to work throughout the city, not only with children but also with the senior citizens”, said Dwayne Davis with “1st and Ten”.
Parks and Recreation is hoping to make game days an official program by summer, this year.