NFL HALL OF FAMERS JERRY RICE & STEVE YOUNG OPEN THEIR LATEST 8 TO 80 ZONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YWCA OF GREATER MIAMI-DADE, INC. TO BRING FLORIDA ITS NEWEST ESPORTS ARENA

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NFL HALL OF FAMERS JERRY RICE & STEVE YOUNG OPEN THEIR LATEST 8 TO 80 ZONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YWCA OF GREATER MIAMI-DADE, INC. TO BRING FLORIDA ITS NEWEST ESPORTS ARENA

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PRESS RELEASE
Location: YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade
351 NW 5th Street, Miami FL 33128
Date: Saturday, February 1
Time: 8:00am EST

Media Contact
Michelle Knox
Forever Young Foundation
602-763-3828
Michelle@foreveryoung.org

Brian Prokes
Golden Collaborative
407-592-9259
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Sharonda Glover
YWCA Greater Miami Dade, Inc.
305-377-9922 ext 123
sglover@ywca-miami.org

NFL HALL OF FAMERS JERRY RICE & STEVE YOUNG OPEN THEIR LATEST 8 TO 80 ZONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YWCA OF GREATER MIAMI-DADE, INC. TO BRING FLORIDA ITS NEWEST ESPORTS ARENA

Facility is a free resource for Miami area students exploring esports, production, and game development careers.

MIAMI, FL — January 23, 2019 — In their third decade of giving back to the community, the Forever Young Foundation Steve Young and Jerry Rice with their partners the NFL Foundation, YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc., Skillshot Media, SUP Creative Group, and have established an esports arena. The esports arena will be a free resource to students who want to learn and compete with their peers in their community and across the globe.

“YWCA Miami is thrilled to partner with 8 to 80 Zones to connect our work of providing better access to STEAM to build the skills needed to pursue careers in technology and media,” said Kerry-Ann Royes, CEO of YWCA Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. “ We’re on a mission to break barriers, create 21st-century leaders and inspire the next generation of learners.”

8 to 80 zones are a collaboration between NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and Founder of the Forever Young Foundation Steve Young and NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice. These Zones create access to state-of-the-art gaming technology and levels the competitive esports playing field for youth in underserved communities. Allowing them to compete on industry-leading equipment partnered with training from professional mentors across the country.

“Jerry and I believe that parents of youth who are passionate about gaming should take time to understand the learning potential and opportunities that esports brings,” said Steve Young. “Gaming and the competitive esports world provides a stepping stone into coding, publishing, and mass media art. We
as parents should embrace this.”

“The NFL Foundation is proud to support Steve and Jerry in this venture that will provide a multitude of opportunities for students in both esports and STEM,” said Alexia Gallagher, the NFL’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the NFL Foundation. “It’s a terrific way to honor the NFL’s 100th season and we know the 8 to 80 esports arena will positively impact youth in the South Florida community for years to come.”

“In a time when technology and all its uses in education are growing nationally, the so-called digital divide can be a challenge for many students in our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The Forever Young Foundation’s new 8 to 80 Zone Esports Arena opening at the YWCA will open up the doors of opportunity and promotes access to technology that helps students prepare to shape the future.”

In addition, the space is a classroom that provides students with hands-on training in broadcast production, online streaming, audio engineering, video editing, and game development.

Forever Young Foundation
Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children. The Foundation’s development projects include 8 to 80 Zones, a collaboration between Steve Young and Jerry Rice to provide youth living in
underserved communities the skills to pursue careers in technology and media. The 8 to 80 Multi-Media Zone not only allows for artistic expression but also affords students the opportunity to gain training on industry-standard equipment and software in the areas of television, radio, voice recording and graphic design.

NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.

YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc.
YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. is the the leading voice for women and girls in South Florida because we confront social justice issues to make lasting, meaningful change. For 100 years, we have implemented programs aimed at strengthening women through financial empowerment; personal and family wellness, and youth development in the areas of computer literacy, counseling, and tutoring.

SPONSORS
Skillshot Media
Based in Atlanta, Skillshot provides a turnkey esports solution for leading competitive titles, including online and offline tournament organization, industry-leading esports production, active community management, and authentic brand integration and consulting for partners. Skillshot has more than five years of esports experience in hosting thousands of global competitors, paying out millions in tournament prizing and serving more than one billion esports views to date. For more information, visit www.skillshot.com.

SUP Creative Group
SUP Creative Group is an event production company that also provides marketing and pr to their clients. They service all industries with this special formula of branding and have a
successful track record for raising money for nonprofits.

Skillz
Skillz is the leading mobile esports platform, driving the future of entertainment by accelerating the convergence of sports, video games, media, and network effects. The company works with 17,500+ game developers, leveraging its patented technology to host over 1.5 billion tournaments for 30 million mobile players worldwide. Skillz has earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, Forbes’ Next Billion-Dollar Startups, Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies, and the #1 fastest-growing company in America on the Inc. 5000. The company is based in San Francisco and Portland and is backed by leading venture capitalists, media companies, and professional sports luminaries. Learn more about Skillz-enabled games and implementing mobile eSports competitions by visiting www.skillz.com or emailing launch@skillz.com. To run a fundraiser with Skillz, email bd@skillz.com.