YMCA of Greenville and XP League Greenville have joined forces to bring a youth esports league to the community for gamers ages 7-17. YMCA of Greenville’s Caine Halter Family YMCA in Greenville and the Y Program Center in Simpsonville will be the host locations for the premier youth esports program. The grand opening celebration will be held at Caine Halter Family YMCA on February 11, and the inaugural season will kick off at both branches on February 27.
“The YMCA is known for building community, creating a sense of belonging for all kids and for helping them to learn the value of teamwork and sportsmanship through youth sports. This aligns with XP League Greenville’s mission,” said Kimberly McDonough. “We are excited to launch our first season at the YMCA of Greenville.”
“Bringing XP League Greenville to the Y provides an opportunity for kids to come out of isolation to be a part of a team and helps us reach those who may not have participated in one of our traditional sports programs,” said Sam Franklin, chief operating officer, YMCA of Greenville. “It will also give them access to unique opportunities to compete with teams throughout North America and access to professional esports partnerships.”
The program offers different monthly membership levels for gamers to participate in. Founding families will receive discounts and financial assistance is available. XP League Greenville coaches are certified through Next Level Esports and Positive Coaching Alliance. XP League is certified as a STEM.org Accredited Educational Program.
Interested gamers and their families can attend one of the two open houses to learn more about how the program works:
- January 21 from 12 p.m.to 4 p.m. at Caine Halter Family YMCA (721 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601)
- January 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Y Program Center (100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681
For more information about the program, rates or to register:
About the YMCA of Greenville, SC
The YMCA of Greenville is a cause-driven non-profit organization. Our mission is, following the example of Christ, to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the health and well-being of our community and provides opportunities to give back and help support our neighbors. Founded in 1876, the Y serves more than 80,000 people annually through programs that include afterschool care, resident and day Camps, aquatics, youth and adult sports, and health and wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, Judson Community Center and the YMCA Program Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government program.
For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit ymcagreenville.org, or call (864) 412-0288.
About XP League
XP League is the first-to-market youth esports league franchise that bridges the gap between conventional youth athletics and competitive esports. XP League provides an innovative program that fosters social skills and sportsmanship through a positive, certified coach-led structure. XP League provides a professional-level experience through curated professional partnerships while developing lasting life-skills. The thrill and excitement of esports is now accessible for youth ages 7-17 in a fun and healthy way.