This event is the brainchild of David and Marquita, a CARES Team in Avondale, Arizona. They hosted a "LAN Party" which is basically a video game tournament for the non-techies out there, and had 60 people of all ages participate. It was such a hit that the residents are already talking about their next LAN party, which they plan to make even bigger.
For more info on LAN Parties, visit this Wikipedia page.
This event can be done many ways - you can set up a video game on one TV in the clubhouse, or you can ask residents to bring their own TVs and gaming systems and host several stations. Don't be afraid to ask some of your tech-savvy residents to help you set everything up.
For those waiting to compete (or who just want to watch the others), provide pizza and junk food. Keep the event casual and encourage mingling of guests.
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Event Type: Party, Competition
Target Group: Misc. Adults/Single Adults/Women/Men
Seasonal: Any time of year
Event Scope: Breadth
Have you done an event like this in the past? If so, share your best practices with us in the comments section.