Area recreation departments partner to create new eSports league – MetroWest Daily News

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Fifth-grader and gamer Giovanni "Gio" Caruso, 10, of Hudson, takes a break from playing the video game "Super Smash Bros." at his home, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. When it starts, he'll be playing in the Central Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association eSports League.

HUDSON — Students will soon have a new way to compete against others in surrounding communities, only this time they will do so virtually.

The Hudson Recreation Department has partnered with a handful of other recreation programs in the area — Southborough, Westborough, Upton, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Grafton and Leominster — to form the inaugural Central Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association eSports League.

“It’s an exciting program for us,” said Dan Hannon, Hudson’s assistant director of recreation. “It’s not typical of what we have done in the past.”

Recreation departments throughout the region, state and country have been searching for ways to offer their services during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Recreation departments in the Norwood area have combined to create an eSports league and Hannon and his colleagues believed it would be a good way to allow children to socialize, play, compete and have fun during the pandemic.

Fifth-grader Giovanni "Gio" Caruso, 10, of Hudson, plays the video game "Super Smash Bros." in hand-held mode at his home on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. He'll compete in the Central Massachusetts Recreation and Parks Association eSports League.

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