LIMA — More than 100 people came out Saturday to Barry Electronic’s 15th annual charity video game tournament.
“Today we’re doing Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 64 for our classic game and then the new Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch. They’re very competitive a lot of the kids like playing them. I like them because they’re a little more family friendly but yet they still allow kids to have a good time,” said Brian Barry, co-owner of Barry Electronics.
The ages of the participants in the tournament varied.
“We get them anywhere from six years old all of the way up into the 50s. We’re doing a pinball tournament today as well, with Will at Cartridge Gaming. We have a lot of older people that are participating in the pinball (tournament),” said Scott Barry, co-owner of Barry Electronics.
Proceeds of the event go towards the Lima Police Department’s Summer Student Police Academy.
“… One of the things that really impressed me the first year was that the police department chose to take that money and put it towards the Summer Police Academy program and basically investing it back into the community, which says a lot about our police department,” Barry said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve continued to work them because we really like what they do with the money and we really enjoy on how they interact with the community and come out and improve Lima.”
Kevin Martin, Lima Police Chief, said he enjoys the opportunity to show community partnership.
“Because some partnerships might be as simple as somebody who witnesses a crime occurring, be willing to stand up and act as a witness. Other times in different ways where such as in this case here a fundraiser to help us be able to continue a vital outreach activity like the Summer Student Police Academy,” Martin said.
The police department was also on hand to show off the SWAT van and other vehicles and there were demonstrations by the K-9 unit.
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