Only one in three kids get enough physical activity each day. Good Sports, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving ALL kids the chance to play, is working to change those statistics and we’ve created a video with ESPN Analyst and host of Daily Mail TV, Jesse Palmer, to shine a light on the issues keeping kids on the sidelines –> including rising costs –> and what we can do about it.
..then we have the event for you!
This weekend on Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing San Francisco, thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon. It’s like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive and a special opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time!
Tickets are on sale now. The tournament begins on Sat. Oct 21st and continues for the following three Saturdays. One skilled player has a chance to win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare to LA, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance. There will be other giveaways for all players, including an official San Francisco Ionics team jersey!
While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork and improving academic performance.
Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament is in its 3rd season, so the company knows how to provide a well-organized experience for your Minecrafter. The events take place in a movie theater, which means players also get to see their favorite game on the big screen! It’s ideal for kids 6-14, who will love the custom game modes designed by Super League.
To learn more and get tickets while spots are available, visit Super League’s Minecraft City Champs San Francisco Event Details Page.
Parents attend for free, although Super League provides full coverage if you need to drop off. Of course if you’re there, you can cheer on your Minecrafter to victory!
Playground Dad was compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LA Clippers coach (although I will always think of him as former Celtics coach) Doc Rivers has some lightning fast words of advice for parents searching for the right thing to say after their kids’ game. It’s simple, but these 4 words are perfect:
Any other tips for positive post game words for kids?
[Originally posted: Postive Coaches Alliance)
When I was going into my junior year in high school I was extremely fortunate to attend a summer academic program in Massachusetts called M.A.S.P. M.A.S.P. stood for Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program and it was an unbelievable experience housed on Milton Academy’s beautiful campus in Milton, MA. It was kind of a nerd camp for rising high school upperclassmen in Massachusetts. I have no idea how I got in. I think my sister had something to do with it. She went there and worked there one summer and probably pulled some strings for me. Can’t remember the exact details, but no one in my high school at that time would have tagged me as “nerd camp material”. Anyway, I got in and it changed my life.
Like most educational experiences, it’s the teachers that make it work. At M.A.S.P. I was blessed to have an English teacher that changed my whole world view in just a few weeks of a summer program. I’ll call him Professor Bob (that’s his first name but I won’t use his last because I didn’t tell him I was writing this post about him…you get it).
Professor Bob was an English teacher at Milton Academy and luckily for me he stayed on campus during the summer to teach M.A.S.P. courses. Professor Bob led us in a course about crafting essays for college admissions. Since all of us had just finished our sophomores years, the college essay writing process was wildly intimidating. Professor Bob didn’t take it easy on us. I still remember all the harsh red marks on my first draft. I wrote something lame about how I didn’t like going to football practice but I realized that I had to and that taught me about life…blah blah blah. Professor Bob, a gay black man, taught me to bring my authentic self to my essay. He asked me about about my experiences as a young black kid growing up in a white neighborhood and what that was like. He helped me find a voice that was exclusively mine and he drove me to develop an essay that was the polar opposite of my initial generic attempt. Professor Bob unlocked my ability to be myself.
As a side note, Professor Bob, a graduate of Amherst College, gave me the confidence to apply to Amherst, a school that was never on my radar of possibility. The following year, Professor Bob wrote a great candid recommendation for my Amherst application and I got in shortly after.
To this day, I think about my conversations with Professor Bob when I find myself losing my voice. Educators like Professor Bob unlock kids’ individuality and offer them access that fundamentally changes lives.
Salute, Professor Bob. Thanks again.
The journey of education as a whole — and the college process particularly — can be extremely daunting for young people. It’s always a great idea to find admissions counselors that can help the process along.
This post was sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group (MassMutual). All opinions are my own.
Very few Super Bowl commercials garnered as much chatter at the proverbial water cooler this years Mr. Clean spot. I went to a Super Bowl party and watched everyone look at the opening of the spot and say things like “that’s not the Mr. Clean I grew up with…” only to be amused by the reveal of the husband asking his wife if his cleaning was up to snuff.
At the end of the day, the message is clear…there is nothing sexier than seeing your better half step up their cleaning game. In the spirit of encouraging the “Cleaner of our Dreams” we’re giving away a Valentine’s Day themed kit from Mr. Clean.
To win, just post a picture of your loved one cleaning to @playgrounddad on Twitter using the hashtag: #MrClean
We will pick a winner on Valentine’s Day.
The kit includes:
- Magic Erasers
- a heart-box of chocolates
- coupons for your significant other to customize as gifts
- stemless wine tumblers
- washable (with a Magic Eraser) wine pens
Looking forward to seeing the pics and happy Valentine’s Day!