January 28, 2024, Denton, Texas
In a remarkable display of community involvement and support, the Denton-Lewisville Alumni Chapter (DLA) alongside other notable organizations, played a pivotal role in the success of the 2nd Annual Youth Gaming Expo & Tournament, held on January 27th at the Denton Civic Center. This year's event, part of the 10th Annual Denton Black Film Festival, was a vibrant fusion of technology, creativity, and competitive spirit, resonating strongly with the DFW Metro NAACP's commitment to diversity and inclusivity in STEAM education.
The DLA Chapter presented 25 members and 5 Silhouettes volunteers and took on significant responsibilities, ensuring the event's smooth operation. Their roles as volunteers in security, observations, and overseeing participants were crucial in maintaining a safe and orderly environment, allowing the young attendees to focus on the excitement and learning opportunities presented.
Joining the DLA Chapter in this volunteer effort were Divine nine (D9) members from the Denton County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, and The Phenomenal, Progressive Finer Women of Phi Psi Zeta Chapter. Their collective efforts underscored the spirit of community and collaboration that defines these organizations.
The event, hosted by the DFW Metro NAACP, brought together aspiring young gamers and industry professionals. It was a spectacular occasion where participants, aged 10-18, were immersed in the world of STEAM through game development. The expo provided a unique platform for learning, with expert presentations from executive industry professionals from leading companies like Xbox, Epic Games, Gearbox, and Robot Entertainment.
The gaming tournament was a centerpiece of excitement, featuring popular titles like Street Fighter 6, Mario Kart Deluxe 8, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The atmosphere was charged with a high-energy esports vibe, fostering a spirit of friendly competition among the participants.
Beyond the competitions, the event was also an educational experience. Attendees had the opportunity to delve into the world of Indie game development and explore various vendor booths, gaining insights into the gaming industry's diverse career paths.
This year's Gaming Expo & Tournament was not just a celebration of digital skills and gaming but also served as a platform for students and young professionals to connect, learn, and showcase their talents. The involvement of the Denton-Lewisville Alumni Chapter and other volunteer organizations was instrumental in creating an environment that encouraged and facilitated these opportunities.
In conclusion, the success of the 2nd Annual Youth Gaming Expo & Tournament is a testament to the power of community involvement and the positive impact of organizations like the DLA Chapter, demonstrating their commitment to supporting youth and education in the realm of technology and gaming. The event was a shining example of how collaboration and volunteerism can create meaningful, impactful experiences for the younger generation.