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Wizards District Gaming and MSE Foundation Partner with D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation for eGaming Night at Hillcrest Rec Center

July 5, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Wizards District Gaming was invited by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to Hillcrest Recreation Center to showcase their careers as professional NBA2K League players for an "eGaming Night." Local youth were able to meet the members of the team and learn about the professional side of the gaming industry. Patrick Crossan, team manager, introduced the Wizards District Gaming team and then they took questions from the participants. They bonded over their favorite archetype of player, the amount of time they spend practicing, and shared their experiences in becoming professional gamers.

Jason Millison, who works with DPR and helped coordinate the event, saw it as the perfect match. “After recently renovating Hillcrest Recreation Center and remodeling an old computer lab into a modern tech lounge, it made sense for DPR to partner with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and pack the lounge with eager young video game players.”

The kids were able to test their skills against the pros in some friendly 1 v. 1 NBA2K action after the information session had concluded. Austin Painter (BOO PAINTER) helped teach some tricks on one screen while Johnathon Fields (DEMON JT) was accepting challenge after challenge from eager attendees on another screen. While most kids stayed and watched, the remaining attendees went to the gym with Isaac Gilton (XGREATXGILLY13), Jin Choe (JIN) and Maurice Delaney (REESEDAGOD23) to play basketball.

The ability to offer a variety of activities for local youths is important because “when school lets out in the summer, we like to think that DPR takes over for D.C. Public Schools when it comes to the development and direct social engagement of D.C. youth,” Jason followed up. He continued, “Charged with that responsibility, the agency constantly explores new ways to connect with kids and host events that are both fun, safe, and constructive.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.