AKHERON, Ohio – Getting kids to have fun while experiencing new opportunities in their education and future was the goal of Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt when he hosted a Fortnite tournament Sunday in Lorain with boys and girls from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio.
Hunt started the day at the Boys & Girls Clubs on the Desich Family Campus in Northeast Ohio, visiting the new esports facility for the kids. The eSports Center aims to target some of the older kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs, providing them with activities that meet their needs, but also have a bigger goal in the long run.
“It’s been a rousing success so far and has become very popular with our clubs here,” said Griffin Crowley, director of Northeast Ohio E-Sports for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “It’s really an opportunity for them to see where they can go if they participate in this program.”
While touring the facilities in Lorain, Hunt took pictures, signed autographs and made memories with the kids. But this was not the end of their days.
“My favorite thing to do with esports and stuff like that, video games I’ve always loved growing up is to be able to spend the day with these kids and have fun and be the person they look up to,” he said. “I care because I’m from Lorraine, I was born and raised here, all my family is here. It’s not always easy to come as a child, so I want to show these kids that we can have fun, you can always be positive. And grow and learn.”
After a chat at the eSports facility at the Boys & Girls Clubs, Hunt took his kids to Akron to highlight what sports could bring to their futures if they were interested in the game.
Hunt hosted a Fortnite tournament at the University of Akron Esports Center, where all the kids competed in team Sunday afternoon games.
While the kids were excited about playing Fortnite with Hunt, they got an even bigger surprise when Browns cornerback Denzel Ward showed up to participate. Soon after, Browns running back Nick Chubb joined the line to play in the contest.
“I’m a real gamer. On Fortnite I’m really a shooter, I don’t do a lot of building,” Hunt said before the tournament. “Chubb is great and so is Durnest [Johnson]They play all the time.
Chubb’s team had won a series of games and the boys were eager to participate.
While the day was fun for the kids, it was also a way for University of Akron students to promote the opportunities that sports can provide in terms of enhancing their education. It gives students new ideas of what their future might look like.
“It’s not just about keeping our kids indoors, it’s about getting them to go out and see bigger, bigger things,” he said. It can be a door for them to say that there is more than my center that I am used to.
#Browns Kareem Hunt is hosting a Fortnite tournament with kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County at the Akron Sports Institute at the University of Akron.
Denzel Ward was in attendance here and Nick Chubb joined him online. Chubb’s team has won the last two games. pic.twitter.com/4HhPZxA3HA
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) September 4, 2022
Camryn Justice is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camjustice.
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