Level Up Your Game

YMCA esports is a competitive program that allows kids the opportunity to come together and enjoy playing video games as a team or individually in a positive, safe, and inclusive environment.

Electronic sports, known commonly nowadays as “esports,” is an activity that keeps youth engaged and connected, and is quickly becoming one of the most popular experiences for boys and girls of all ages. In fact, within the last few years, 125+ higher education institutions have created collegiate esports programs, and more than 30 colleges and universities around the US offer scholarships for gamers! Through the Y’s esports program, children and teens are welcome to be who they are, excel at what they love, and develop skills that help them grow into thriving adults.

Program Overview

YMCA esports is a virtual and in-person program for kids and teens to stay connected, make friends, and learn new skills! Participants can develop their communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking skills in an individual or team environment all while having a blast.


Gaming involves working together on a team to complete a task, goal, or objective. Players will learn how to be able to differentiate when they should take the lead and when to follow others for the overall good of the group.

Online Safety

Games are monitored by an adult Y team member at all times in a safe environment. All identities will be known of everyone who is playing together, eliminating the “stranger danger” that is often seen in online communities.


Teams are successful when there is a leader offering guidance and delegating tasks. Leaders can shift from minute to minute in fast-paced games, and players should be ready to take on the challenge.

Equity Focus

All players can come to the table with the same opportunities. Playing behind the screen can help to eliminate bias and any preconceived stereotypes. Instead, we promote an encouraging, inclusive environment where everyone can succeed.

Individual Growth

Of course gaming with a team helps kids learn about working in a group, but not every game will be a team cooperative. At times, players will need to rely on their own skills, which will help boost their own self-confidence as they improve over time.


Our esports program will only be available at select locations as we roll out this exciting new offering. Please check back to see if your family center is added at a later date if it’s currently not listed.

Downtown Orlando

433 North Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA

7000 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Roper YMCA

100 Windermere Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Winter Park YMCA

1201 N Lakemont Ave
Winter Park, FL 32792

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