‘Good game, bro’: Chicago Park District adds esports to its recreational program with inaugural ‘NBA 2K21’ tournament

CHICAGO – The Chicago Park District’s sports programs usually involve swimming pools, playing fields and basketball courts. Recently, for the first time, they involved Xboxes and PlayStations. The district hosted its inaugural esports tournament, giving 64 teens, playing remotely on their own consoles, the chance to be declared city champion in the video game “NBA 2K21.” “The pandemic presented us with (the need) to get innovative, so this was a good opportunity,” said Adrian Loza, the district’s athletics manager. “Esports is big, it’s growing. There was a little pushback but the pandemic hel…

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