Newport News, VA – [November 8, 2023] – The Newport News Police Foundation, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP), is thrilled to announce the grand opening of an innovative E-Sports Room, generously donated to support local youth in the Hampton Roads community.
The E-Sports Room, located within BGCVP Greater Hampton Roads Unit, has been designed to foster positive interactions, skill development, and a sense of belonging among young gamers. This cutting-edge facility is equipped with top-of-the-line gaming hardware, including high-performance PCs, gaming consoles, and an array of games to cater to a wide range of interests. It provides a safe and inclusive space where young individuals can not only indulge in their passion for gaming but also cultivate essential teamwork and communication skills.
BGCVP President & CEO, Hal Smith states, “The Newport News Police Foundation recognizes the potential of e-sports to engage, inspire, and empower the youth on the Virginia Peninsula. By providing access to this exciting new facility, we aim to promote a positive atmosphere that encourages personal growth, discipline, and the development of valuable life skills. The E-Sports Room will be a catalyst for building lasting relationships between local law enforcement and the community they serve.”
“We are excited to introduce the E-Sports Room as a platform for creativity and learning,” said Rob Coleman, Newport News Police Foundation Chairman. “We believe this space will not only provide a fun outlet for the youth of our community but also facilitate important conversations and connections between our local police officers and the young people they serve.”
The grand opening of the E-Sports Room was celebrated on November 8th at 3:00 PM at BGCVP Greater Hampton Roads Unit located at 629 Hampton Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607. Local officials, community leaders, and representatives from both the Newport News Police Foundation and BGCVP were in attendance to mark this significant occasion. Speakers included BGCVP President and CEO, Hal Smith; Newport News Police Foundation Board Chair, Rob Coleman; City of Newport News Councilman John Eley; City of Newport News Councilwoman Tina Vick; and City of Newport News Chief of Police, Steve Drew.
For more information about the Newport News Police Foundation, please visit www.nnpolicefoundation.org. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, please visit www.bagclub.com.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Chief Development Officer
(757) 223-7204 ext. 105
Newport News Police Foundation
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) has ensured youth living on the Virginia Peninsula have an inclusive and safe space to engage in an array of development opportunities since 1946. During our after-school and summer programs, youth not only enjoy the benefits of participating in Club programming, but they also develop positive relationships with peers, adult staff, and volunteers. Core programs focus on Education, Leadership & Service, Health & Wellness, The Arts, and Sports & Recreation. BGCVP now serves over 5,000 boys and girls ages 6-18 each year in the cities of Newport News and Hampton and in the counties of James City, York, Gloucester, and Mathews at 11 Club sites.
About the Newport News Police Foundation
The Newport News Police Foundation is the only organization authorized by the Newport News Police Department to raise funds on the department’s behalf. The Foundation is run by an all-volunteer board of directors. The Chief of Police sits on the Foundation board as an ex-officio member. 100% percent of the proceeds raised by the Foundation go to fund valuable technology, morale, training, and community and youth engagement programs.
The mission is to provide critical resources to the Newport News Police Department that allows the Department to acquire new technologies and equipment, provide programs for young people, facilitate community outreach, and enhance Department morale and education; All of which make Newport News a safer place to live, work, and play, and raise a family.