NBA 2K Esports League: Grades 5-8

Esports is a competitive video game experience that allows individuals the opportunity to compete as a team in a fun, safe environment. Participants will develop important skills that they can utilize to thrive in all areas of life, including communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills in an individual or team environment. NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation game depicting players and teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Participants will face off 1 vs. 1 against another competitor, with each controlling their whole team. Individuals will learn to use each unique player's skills for the best chance of success. Each session will last 8 weeks, with participants meeting 2 times per week, 1 hour for practice and 1 hour for gameplay. Each practice will be led by a certified coach who will support participants in a wide variety of areas, including positive competition, team-building activities and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. All practices and games will be held in the Oscar Lasko YMCA Esports arena with state of the art gaming PCs, Nintendo Switches or Xbox and PS5 Consoles. Participants will need the following equipment to play:Online gaming capabilities for the console in which they are playing onA personal email address used for access to Leaguespot and Discord serversA tablet or smart phone for accessing Leaguespot during game play

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