We are excited to announce our partnership with Julian Krinsky Camps and N3rd Street Gamers! Read the official press release below:
Esports Summer Camps in Philadelphia Encourage Physical Well Being Amongst Participants N3rd Street Gamers to Grow Esports Summer Camps Focusing on Health and Teamwork by Partnering with Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, Game Gym, and Susquehanna Esports
Philadelphia, PA (May 6, 2019) – Casual gamers and aspiring esports athletes alike are getting a workout this summer as N3rd Street Gamers (NSG) is including a physical well-being component in conjunction with three Philadelphia-area camp programs. Designed to engage participants in a range of activities that promote leadership, teamwork, strategic thinking, and physical wellness, NSG is partnering with Julian Krinsky Camps &Programs(JKCP), GameGym, and Susquehanna Esports to encourage physical exercise and team building. The camps will take place inside NSG’s Localhost esports venue at 908 N. 3rd Street in Philadelphia starting June 17.
The mission of the esports summer camps is to promote camaraderie by inviting participants to engage face to face. Being in the same physical location encourages communication and provides a safe environment for attendees to learn, communicate, and meet like-minded people, much like traditional sports camps.
The summer camp schedule will include personal trainers who will lead attendees in stretching and creativity exercises. Trainers will also coach players on the importance of posture, sleep, and communication.
“At JKCP’s Esports Summer Camp, powered by N3rd Street Gamers and GameGym, we harness the love of gaming these young players have to improve the level of play while teaching real-world skills including better focus, teamwork and strategic thinking,” said Steve Robertson, CEO at JKCP. “These are qualities that will serve them in many other careers, setting them up for a successful future.”
“With nearly $15 million dollars in scholarships being awarded from over 200 universities in the United States and industry revenues forecasted to top $1 billion in 2019, there is no denying that esports has become a booming industry with an ever-increasing list of career opportunities for students to explore as players and industry professionals. We are excited to illuminate this path for them this summer.”
NSG has contracted the youth esports experts at Game Gym, a company that focuses on shifting the focus of online video game play to live play, to produce content for two two-week camps in July and August. GameGym’s programming includes a mix of gameplay, special guest speakers, and exercises for breathing, focus, and flexibility.
One goal of the summer camps is to use exercises, both mental and physical, to teach life skills to attendees. The activities are designed to ensure the participants become better players and teammates to position them as better candidates for college scholarships and career opportunities.
Game Gym stresses the importance of increasing diversity in esports and gaming by creating a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment. Camp directors will leverage video game titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket league to teach kids core skills like communication, perseverance, and leadership.
“We believe that by teaching children how to play with respect and humility, they will go on to improve the esports industry from the inside,” said Josh Hafkin, CEO of Game Gym.
Susquehanna Esports, who will program content for summer camps at NSG’s Localhost esports venue operating the third and fourth week of June and the first week of July, also focuses on educating children on working as a team.
“If you listen to a group of 14-year-olds coordinate and plan, you realize that esports is more than entertainment–it’s how these kids communicate and build relationships,” says Charles Palmer of Susquehanna Esports. “Learning about teamwork and communication in esports is very similar to how they learn in traditional sports.”
The Esports Summer Camp schedule begins the third week of June and runs until the first week of August.
Susquehanna Esports Summer Camp Three one-week camps
June 17 – June 21 June 24 – June 26 July 1 – July 5
JKCP Esports Summer Camp, powered by Game Gym & NSG Two-Week Session (Day or Overnight), for Ages 10-18 Session 1: July 7 – July 20 Session 2: July 21 – August 3
Those interested in attending the Esports Summer Camps can submit their email addresses here:
About N3rd Street Gamers
N3rd Street Gamers (NSG) is an esports network headquartered in Philadelphia, PA that focuses on serving semi-professional and developing competitive gamers. The company promotes greater access to the esports industry by increasing the amount of in-person competitions run on high-quality equipment at affordable prices. In 2018, NSG launched the National Championship Series to provide high-quality gaming tournaments to more than ten cities nationwide. Early backing came from SeventySix Capital, a premier sports tech venture capital firm led by World Series Champion Ryan Howard. Comcast Spectacor, owner of a portfolio of professional sports teams including the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion, strategically invested in NSG in 2018 to fuel national growth. Through the support of these partnerships, N3rd Street Gamers is laying a national framework for esports talent development.
About Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs
For more than 40 years Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) has been helping families from 45 states and 140 countries around the globe create summer camp experiences, for students ages 5-18, that impacts their future, building skills for a lifetime. They run sports, academic, esports, art, leadership,pre-college, STEM, cooking, business, and social entrepreneurship summer programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Haverford College and Yale University. www.jkcp.com.
About Game Gym
Game Gym is an innovative company dedicated to changing video game and esports stereotypes through mentorship, structured lessons, and group-focused training. By shifting the emphasis from isolated, online play to in-person, group sessions our coaches and curriculum are able to promote competitive gaming in a much healthier and more balanced way. They not only focus on getting better at the games we compete in, but also aim to improve various life skills that translate beyond esports. Game Gym’s mission is to combine the social and competitive aspects of the old school arcade with the coaching and structure of traditional sports. Learn more about them at www.GameGym.com.
About Susquehanna Esports
Susquehanna Esports is dedicated to bringing professional esports teams to the Mid-Atlantic region. Our goal is to support the region’s growing esports community with live events, skill training, and top quality gameplay.