Metro Atlanta YMCA Esports Partnership

Metro Atlanta YMCA Esports Partnership

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta To Deliver Esports in Partnership with Skillshot Media and Ghost Gaming

ATLANTA. — April 13, 2022 — The YMCA of Metro Atlanta announced today that it will debut esports programming in partnership with esports solution provider Skillshot Media and professional esports team Ghost Gaming.

The YMCA Atlanta esports program will kick off with youth and teen tournaments in the game Rocket League this April and May.  Rocket League was chosen as the initial game because the game content is appropriate for all ages play, it is free and accessible across multiple hardware platforms, and includes elements of teamwork and cooperation in the gameplay. 

“We’re excited to augment our traditional youth offerings with esports!”, said Jill Moore, Group Vice President at YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta.  “We identified Skillshot Media and Ghost Gaming as perfect partners based on their esports experience and that they lead with a vision of esports for skill development, fun, friendly competition, and physical fitness as well.  We begin this Spring with a virtual program and plan to expand to in-person play by Fall”.  

The Spring Tournaments are open for registration today, to those aged 8 to 18, both YMCA members and non-members alike.  

Ghost Gaming, a global gaming organization based in Atlanta, has a top professional Rocket League team including a general manager and coach.  Ghost has been designated as the official Esports Team Partner of YMCA Atlanta and will consult on player development as the Y Atlanta program expands in scope.  

Skillshot Media is providing esports solution services including assisting with parent education sessions on the benefits of competitive gaming.

“The Y is such a trusted brand in child development”, said Todd Harris, CEO of Skillshot Media, “We’re thrilled YMCA Atlanta has embraced esports and are humbled to partner with them to deliver competitive gaming in a way that nurtures the potential of children and teens while delivering confidence and connection”

Parents interested in learning more about esports and the YMCA Atlanta Spring Tournaments can attend Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday, April 19th at 7 pm ET and Tuesday, May 17th at 7 pm ET via zoom sessions.