Supporting Scholarships with Kids Chance of Arkansas
Sometimes laser tag can be more than just a
great game for players of all ages to enjoy. It can also be a means to make a
difference and benefit a really worthwhile cause. Kids Chance of Arkansas recently
hosted a bowling/laser tag tournament fundraiser at Fast Lane Entertainment in
Lowell, AR where supporters gathered for a night of food, fun and competition
and utilized the appeal of both laser tag and bowling to raise a nice sum to
benefit their educational scholarships.
Since 2001 Kids Chance of Arkansas has had the
mission of providing scholarships to the dependents of deceased and permanently
totally disabled workers from compensable Arkansas workers compensation claims.
I recognize that scholarships can make a tremendous difference in a young
person’s life, so I was very excited to be able to support this excellent cause
while also enjoying a great night of laser tag.
The event participants enjoyed some social
time with delicious food and drinks at the beginning of the night as the bowling
tournament got underway on lanes sponsored by several generous corporate
supporters. There were some really fun and creative awards presented to keep
the competition lighthearted and entertaining.
Since I know nothing about bowling, I took some
time to warm up with a few practice laser tag games and get familiar with the
arena prior to the laser tag tournament getting underway. I had been adopted
onto Team Genex and thought I’d take a tour of the arena and make a video to
share a few tips with my teammates.
Everyone gathered in the vesting room and put
on the Gen 8 Laserforce packs.
Although the event had several sponsored teams
signed up with full rosters, the dropping of some players necessitated changing
the tournament from a team event to a solo competition. However, that was fine
because everyone who played was still looking forward to getting into the arena
and having a great time. And we learned a little bit about attire in the arena…
Fast Lanes has a really impressive arena. It’s
huge! I’ll call it two levels, although there is a case to be made for saying
there is a mid-level as well. This space has an urban warfare theme and
includes three bases and two beacons, but the most notable targets are
definitely the helicopter and skeleton riding a tank that you can tag, but they
can tag you as well.
We played some solo competition and then did
randomized teams just for fun while the results were determined. There were
some equally fun and creative awards prepared for the laser tag tournament.
I was awarded the Hot Shot award for earning the top score of the night tagging on behalf of Genex Services. Randy Hulin of One
Call won the Sharp Shooter award for high accuracy and Laura Cruce of ArcBest took
home the Sitting Duck award.
By the end of the evening the event had successfully
raised over $4000 in support of educational scholarships and everyone had a
It was great to meet some wonderful people
like Kim and the players from Genex who were so welcoming to me. I’d also like
to thank Melisa Yopp and all the volunteers who helped make this event such a
success. I had such a terrific time and was so pleased to be a part of an event
where laser tag could be a part of helping to make a positive difference to the
future recipients of these Kids Chance of Arkansas scholarships. To learn more
about Kids Chance of Arkansas visit www.kidschancear.org.