September 20, 2021 – Perry, Okla. – The Noble County Family YMCA (noblecoymca.org), serving Perry and surrounding areas, announced they are part of a nationwide pilot program through YMCA of the USA focused on providing E-Sports.
“The roots of the YMCA are in sports that are traditionally played on a football or soccer field or a basketball court,” said Noble County Family YMCA CEO Shea Boschee. “We are excited to participate in the pilot of this program because it aligns with our strategic priority to engage youth and teens in programs that will equip them with skills needed to be successful adults. It also allows us to enjoy getting to know a group of kids that may not typically come to the Y.”
E-Sports began Sept. 13 with practices and games held at the Noble County Y twice per week for eight weeks. “E-Sports helps youth develop friendships, communication and problem-solving skills, collaboration, self-awareness, and STEAM skills in an atmosphere of friendly yet fierce competition,” added Boschee. “I’m going to have to refine my gaming skills—we have come a long way since Space Invaders—some of the games they play are Smash Bros, 2K21, and Rocket League, which are all very popular games, but I know nothing about them.”
The Y is Noble County’s only E-Sports league, with high school and middle school teams training and gaming together. Coaches will lead teams of kids from Perry, help players develop their individual skills, and lead their players in tournaments against teams from other Midwest YMCAs.
“E-Sports is popping up across the country as a fully-fledged sport. U.S. colleges now offer varsity e-sports programs along with scholarships. Studies show that participation in e-sports prepares students for future-ready careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). We are humbled to be part of this national pilot and to bring this to our community.”
Registration is open now. Sign up at the Noble County Y, online at noblecoymca.org/e-sports, by emailing Kelby Bales (firstname.lastname@example.org), or calling the Y at (580) 336-4411.
About the Noble County Family YMCA:
The Noble County Family Y was incorporated in March 1979 and became a charter member of YMCA of the USA in 1980. Nearly 3,000 individuals in the Noble County area turn to us for programs and services that enhance their lives. We are committed to serving everyone—regardless of age, income or background—to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Noble County's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. We are proud to be one of the smallest full-service Ys in America.