Meet Our Founder:
Navy veteran, entrepreneur, designer. Lifelong gamer and athlete. Creator of Austin’s first esports summer camp, partnered after-school program in esports, and middle school curriculum for Rocket League. Former program director at EVOS gaming center. Former VP and Health and Wellness Coach for Longhorn Gaming at UT Austin. B.Sc. in Kinesiology from UT Austin (ranked #2 nationally in Kinesiology) and P.E. Teacher.
Our mission can be summed up in three words: Gaming, Fitness, Education.
We believe gaming is the next great frontier. According to PEW Research Center, 97% of teens already play video games. The diversity among the demographic has broken all previous stereotypes of age, gender, race and socioeconomic background. In short, gaming isn’t just for gamers anymore. We believe gaming, used appropriately, can be an incredible tool for learning, self-discovery, creative expression, social interaction, the spirit of competition, and of course, entertainment and intelligent story-telling. And with so many games in so many genres, there’s a lot more to it than just the trendy game everyone is playing right now.
Connected Badge Categories: Gaming, Health and Wellness, Citizenship
Just because we play games doesn’t mean we have to live a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why we start every session with a group exercise routine.
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the incidence of high blood pressure, lower the risk of stroke, reduce the incidence of diabetes, reduce mortality, decrease cancer risk, decrease depression, decrease obesity, and help you live longer with richer years of life.
In short, it impacts every part of you because your body IS YOU! So let’s take care of this incredible machine we live in! Only half of children and adolescents get enough daily activity, and the earlier you start making physical activity a regular part of your life, the more likely you are to continue into adulthood. Plus, learning how your body moves and exploring its potential is FUN!
Connected Badge Categories: Health and Wellness, Fitness, Recreation
When we sat down to create our curriculum, we started with one question; “What do we want the future to look like?” Twenty years from now, what will humanity look like? What will we wish we taught them “20 years ago”? Children and teens today are spending a lot of time online and in digital spaces, and their technology use is only going to go up. So let’s teach them how to utilize the internet effectively, safely and appropriately. Let’s teach them how to navigate their virtual lives and maintain their physical lives too. Let’s also give them opportunities and tools to explore what else this beautiful world has to offer. After 3 years of development, we broke our curriculum down into 4 “ranks”, and 56 badges in 6 categories, allowing mastery of virtual and physical life – “Hybrid.”
Connected Badge Categories: Digital Literacy, Gaming, Citizenship, Recreation.