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New E-Sports lounge at Lincoln Park Boys and Girls Club

Duluth, Minn. (Northern News Now) – The Boys & Girls Club of Northland has a brand new place to bring kids together.

Wednesday marked the grand opening of an e-sports gaming room at the Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club. This new lounge includes eight monitors, nine PlayStations, a Nintendo Switch, and all kinds of video games for the kids to enjoy.

Todd Johnson, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northland, said electronic games provide children with an opportunity to expand their critical thinking, problem-solving and fine motor skills.

“It creates a sense of teamwork and it gives a sense of belonging,” Johnson said, adding they belong to a team that will compete against other Boys & Girls clubs and other schools.

Johnson says the club is planning to start its own competitive video gaming team now that more than 300 universities offer gaming as a college major.

“Make our kids aware and make sure you know we’re preparing them for some emerging careers,” said John Phipps, branch manager of the Lincoln Park location.

“We now have a place for kids to hang out with their friends and explore a new area of ​​programming that we weren’t offering before,” Phipps said.

He said about 60 children spend their days at the Boys & Girls Club after school.

“I think it’s good for the community and if people don’t want to play basketball all the time, they can play it,” said 7th grade student and club member London Love.

Love said he loves playing NBA 2k24 and wants to play the real game when he grows up.

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