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New events coming up through Pittsburg Parks and Rec Department

New events coming to Pittsburg. Michael Hayslip sits down with the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department to talk about upcoming events. Check these out:

  • Dad and Daughter Dance on February 23
  • Ice Bowl on February 26
  • Underachievers .5 K Race on March 12
  • Camp Now and Then on March 14 through 18

Go to Pittrec.org for more information on these and more events from the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation department.

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Kids get inside look into competitive gaming at Crowder’s ‘E-Sports Camp’

NEOSHO, Mo. – E-Sports, or competitive gaming, continues to grow in popularity and has become a certified athletic program for several schools, including crowder college.

In order to get the next generation of E-Sports student athletes ready, Crowder hosted a day camp for kids. Current student athletes work one-on-one with kids ages seven to eleven on what it’s like competing in an e-sports tournament.

“Well I mean I’ve played games since I was a little kid,” said Student Athlete Tyler Clement. “It’s kinda like my hobby. I wasn’t that great at sports, so I just thought hey I’m good at video games so let’s try that, and it worked.”

Crowder College’s E-Sports program started in 2019 and has seen rapid growth every year.

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Camp Quality Ozarks gives kids with cancer a summer camp experience

JOPLIN, Mo. – An organization is giving area kids with cancer a chance to have a summer camp experience at home.

Camp Quality Ozarks is hosting a virtual “Camp-In” with several activities for kids and their families. Normally the camp would be in-person but because of COVID-19 it has gone digital.

Yesterday the organization hosted a camp kickoff, which was in person.

“It’s a lot harder to a week-long virtual camp, but man in the end it’s definitely worth it,” said Executive Director Kirstin Patterson. “Getting to be together for these two hours tonight, we definitely had to take a lot of COVID precautions. But we got that under wraps, and we were so excited to get these two hours together.”

The camp runs all of next week.