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Parks & Rec launches Rocket League Tourney

Jan. 18, 2019 – The Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation will host its Rocket League Tournament from 12-5 p.m., Jan. 21 at the community center.

Kendra Beaver, recreation coordinator, said because e-sports continue to gain in popularity, ESPR decided to host the tournament in their efforts to include more of the Excelsior community.

“If kids want e-sports, that’s what we’re going to do,” she said. “If kids want trivia night, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re still trying to incorporate everyone and everything.”

Beaver said she describes the game as Hot Wheels with soccer. Players control their cars while trying to hit the

Kendra Beaver unveils ESPR’s Rocket League trophy that will be awarded to one lucky team Jan. 21.

ball into the goal.

Gameplay will begin round-robin style, Beaver said, where every team will play one another. Organizers will then seed teams into a single elimination tournament.

X-Box’s and controllers will be provided, but Beaver said they recommend players bring their own controllers if they can. The community center will provide food and drinks.

Deadline to register for the event is Friday, but Beaver said she will not turn anyone away the day of the event. More information can be obtained at, on Facebook, by calling 816-630-1040 or emailing Beaver at kendrabeaver@

Beaver said ESPR continues to look to the future in their attempts to include everyone in their events. She said they continue to revamp and try to go with the popular flow.

“That’s what parks and rec is about,” she said.

By Kimberely Blackburn •

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