CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/newsen-usGame On! Delegation From CWU Travels to Spainhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2491Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:46:12<p><img alt="Men posing on a soccer field" src="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/2018-04-2018%20Formacion%20Entrenadores%20Futbol%20%28escuelas%20fundacion%2914.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 358px; margin: 3px;">Representatives of Central Washington University’s innovative Game On! program were the only participants from the United States to attend the Real Madrid’s Foundation (RMF) training and coaching camp in Madrid, Spain, last month.</p><p>The RMF sponsored 10 coaches from five countries including two from CWU.</p><p><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">CWU’s Game On!</a> is a partnership between the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and CWU that combines the excitement of world class soccer and the secret language of computer coding with higher education attainment. Game On! creates a unique opportunity for middle- and high school students from economically-disadvantaged communities.</p><p>CWU Game On! Executive Director Manuel Rodriguez and Program Coordinator Domingo Alcala, who also serve as Game On! coaches, spent five days at the camp with their counterparts from India, Angola, England, and Bahrain.</p><p>It was the first time CWU staff were selected to travel to Spain for training. The camp reinforced the coaches’ knowledge through new instruction while also exposing them to schools in Madrid. CWU was invited to be part of the training based on program performance and referrals.</p><p>“Our participation can be attributed to the strong advocacy of Spanish Consulate Luis Fernando,” said Sharon O’Hare, CWU vice president for strategic enrollment management. “The Consulate was instrumental in CWU’s partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation from the beginning and continues to support Game On! and its mission.”</p><p>The international soccer powerhouse, Real Madrid, through its foundation, gives back to society with social and cultural programs. The RMF partners with organizations around the globe to help underprivileged kids build social skills and values through sport.</p><p>In prior years, participating school district employees and volunteers learned youth coaching techniques from Spanish Real Madrid Foundation coaches, who visit Central Washington each fall.</p><p>“We are eager to share the latest in coaching techniques while building on our already successful program,” Rodriguez said.</p><p>Since the program start in spring 2016, 358 underrepresented students have participated, and 19 have pursued higher education. By the end of the 2019 school year, CWU plans to increase Game On! to more than 500 students in Yakima, Ellensburg, Mabton, Wenatchee, and Quincy.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" longdesc="Game On! Program Video" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CLiPEkm1_vQ?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><u>About Game On!</u><br>CWU coordinates Game On! meetings twice a week. Students learn coding for an hour and sharpen their leadership skills through soccer and social values for 90 minutes. CWU sponsors visits to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington, so students can see first-hand what a “big company” looks like.</p><p>Students also come to CWU’s campus where they see a “real” college campus and meet students and faculty who welcome them into a friendly educational future. Participants are overwhelmingly Hispanic and attend middle- and high-schools where 100 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.</p><p>To donate to Game On! or learn more about the program contact Manuel Rodriguez, Game On! executive director at 509-963-2216, Manuel.Rodriguez@cwu.edu.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p></br>Female Game On! Students Inspired to Explore STEM During Visit to Microsofthttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2490Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:07:12<p><img alt="Yakima School District Students" src="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/GameOn%20Group%20at%20Technolochicas.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px; margin: 3px;">Students from Franklin and Washington Middle Schools (WMS) visited Microsoft headquarters on October 5, to attend a Nuevo Foundation workshop focused on encouraging female students to consider careers in STEM fields.&nbsp;</p><p>The 22 girls, who are also part of Central Washington University’s Game On! program, engaged in hands-on activities, connected with STEM professionals from Microsoft, Google, NASA, and the National Center for Women &amp; Information Technology and toured the Microsoft campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The impact of this experience on the students was immediate.</p><p>“I wanted to be a nurse, but now I want to work for NASA because one of the ladies inspired me to be an engineer. I think it’s fascinating because you design things to go on the NASA spaceship,” WMS seventh-grader Dayana Abundiz said.</p><p>Game On! is a program for middle-- and high school students that educates them about core values, leadership, social and digital literacy, and college-ready skills by using computer and soccer training. The free program is made available through partnership with the Yakima School District, the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and Central Washington University.</p><p>Learn more at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">cwu.edu/game-on</a>.</p>Grants Bringing CWU’s Game On! Program To Wenatchee, Quincy Schoolshttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2489Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:53:05<p><img alt="Game On! Logo" src="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20On%20Logo.png" style="width: 150px; height: 92px; margin: 3px; float: left;">A program that was developed at Central Washington University aimed at underrepresented students is entering its third year. Additional funding will now allow the program to expand, reaching Wenatchee, Quincy and other local school districts.</p><p><a href="http://koho101.com/2018/07/grants-bringing-cwus-game-on-program-to-wenatchee-quincy-schools/" target="_blank">Listen to the full report on KOHO 101 Radio</a>.</p>El programa Game On! de la Universidad del Centro de Washington recibió $210,000 por parte del órgano legislativo y la Fundación Charlotte Martinhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2488Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:41:11<p>La Fundación Charlotte Martin otorgó $10,000, además de los $200,000 que el órgano legislativo del estado de Washington proporcionó, a la Universidad del Centro de Washington (CWU, por sus siglas en inglés) para respaldar el programa Game On!; el único programa en su tipo de exploración en ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (science, technology, engineering y mathematics, STEM) que enseña programación informática, habilidades sociales y valores a través del fútbol con un aliado universitario.</p><p>“Este oportuno financiamiento legislativo y de subvenciones reconoce el enorme valor de desarrollar este programa de STEM único, significativo y específico de educación superior para estudiantes subrepresentados", dijo el Presidente de CWU, James L. Gaudino.</p><p><img alt="Game On! Participants on CWU Campus Tour" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20On%20CWU%20Campus_4-18-18.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 283px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>Los $210,000 servirán para la continuación y expansión del programa Game On! para 2018-19. Asimismo, el financiamiento permitirá a la CWU aumentar la participación estudiantil a aproximadamente 500 estudiantes subrepresentados y, así, mantener las metas establecidas inicialmente en 2016.</p><p>Este es el primer financiamiento que la CWU recibe de la Fundación Charlotte Martin. La misión de esta fundación de enriquecer las vidas de los jóvenes, “al crear oportunidades para los jóvenes, especialmente los de color... y desarrollar sus habilidades con el fin de que alcancen su potencial en el mundo”, se identifica con la misión Game On! de la CWU.</p><p>A través de una alianza con la Fundación Real Madrid, Microsoft y la CWU, los estudiantes de los distritos escolares de Ellensburg, Yakima y Mabton participan en Game On! sin costo alguno. Actualmente, Game On! sirve a más de 200 estudiantes de nueve escuelas y recientemente agregó al Centro Comunitario Henry Beauchamp de Yakima como su noveno programa.Este programa único utiliza la experiencia de cada aliado. Los estudiantes aprenden programación informática al usar el currículo proporcionado por Microsoft; aprenden habilidades sociales y valores a través del fútbol con los empleados del distrito escolar quienes fueron capacitados por los entrenadores de la Fundación Real Madrid; y aprenden habilidades de preparación para la universidad con el personal y estudiantes de la CWU.</p><p>Dos veces a la semana, los estudiantes aprenden a programar por una hora y, luego, pasan 90 minutos afinando sus habilidades de fútbol. Las visitas al campus de Ellensburg de la CWU ayudan a fortalecer el mensaje de que la universidad es posible.</p><p>Desde el inicio del programa en la primavera de 2016, han participado 358 estudiantes subrepresentados y 19 han continuado su educación superior, de los cuales cinco se han comprometido con la CWU.</p><p>"Se trata de nuestra capacidad de hacer de la universidad una posibilidad real para estos estudiantes", dijo Sharon O’Hare, Vicepresidenta de la CWU para la gestión de la inscripción estratégica. “Estamos invirtiendo en sus vidas para que encuentren el camino hacia un mejor futuro y satisfagan la creciente necesidad del estado de una comunidad universitaria”.</p><p>Game On! ha dependido en gran medida de la financiación de la CWU con donaciones en especie de sus aliados. El apoyo del órgano legislativo, la Fundación Charlotte Martin y de futuras entidades asegurará el crecimiento continuo del programa, a la vez que tendrá un impacto positivo en los estudiantes y en el estado.</p><p>Para donar a Game On! u obtener más información sobre el programa, comuníquese con Manuel Rodriguez, Director Ejecutivo de Game On! al 509-963-2216 o Manuel.Rodriguez@cwu.edu.</p><p>Contacto para los medios: Dawn Alford, Departamento de Asuntos Públicos de CWU, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>CWU Game On! Program Awarded $210,000 from Legislature, Charlotte Martin Foundationhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2487Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:40:33<p>The Charlotte Martin Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the $200,000 that the Washington State Legislature provided Central Washington to support Game On!, the only STEM-exploratory program of its kind that teaches computer coding, social skills, and values through soccer with a university partner.</p><p>“This timely legislative and grant funding recognizes the enormous value of developing this unique, meaningful, and targeted higher education STEM program is for underrepresented students,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino.The $210,000 will support the continuance and expansion of the Game On! program for 2018-19. The funding will allow CWU to increase student participation to approximately 500 underrepresented students—keeping with the goals initially set in 2016.</p><p><img alt="Game On! Students Tour CWU Campus" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20On%20CWU%20Campus_4-18-18%20copy.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 283px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>This is the first award CWU has received from the Charlotte Martin Foundation. Their mission to enrich the lives of youth, “by creating opportunities for youth, especially youth of color … and develop their skills in order to reach their potential in the world” speaks directly to CWU’s Game On! mission.</p><p>Through a partnership with the <a href="https://www.realmadrid.com/en/about-real-madrid/foundation" target="_blank">Real Madrid Foundation</a>, <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digital-skills" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>, and <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">CWU</a>, students in the Ellensburg, Yakima, and Mabton school districts participate in Game On!, at no cost. Game On! currently serves more than 200 students from eight schools and recently added Yakima’s Henry Beauchamp Community Center as its ninth program site.</p><p>The unique program utilizes each partner’s expertise. Students learn computer coding using curriculum provided by Microsoft; social skills and values through soccer from school district employees trained by the Real Madrid Foundation coaches; and college-ready skills from CWU staff and students.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CLiPEkm1_vQ?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%" height="390" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Twice a week, students learn coding for an hour then spend 90 minutes sharpening their leadership skills through the sport of soccer. Visits to Central’s Ellensburg campus help to solidify the message that college is possible.</p><p>Since the program start in spring 2016, 358 underrepresented students have participated, and 19 have gone on to pursue higher education of which five have committed to CWU.</p><p>“It’s about our ability to make college a real possibility for these students,” said Sharon O’Hare, CWU vice president for stragetic enrollment management. “We are making the investment in their lives, so they may find their way to a better future and meet the state’s growing need for a college-educated community.”</p><p>Game On! has heavily relied on funding from CWU with in-kind donations from its partners. Support from the legislature, the Charolotte Martin Foundation, and future entities will ensure continued program growth while positively impacting students and the state.</p><p>To donate to <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">Game On!</a> or learn more about the program contact Manuel Rodriguez, Game On! executive director at 509-963-2216, Manuel.Rodriguez@cwu.edu.</p><p><em>Photo Above: Game On! participants visit CWU campus during campus activity.</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>Officials from Spain Visit CWU Game On! Partnership, Yakima Connectionhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2485Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:07:42<p><img alt="Game On! students greeted by the Real Madrid Foundation official" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Real%20Madrid%20Foundation%20Visit.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px; margin: 3px;">Officials from the world-renowned Real Madrid soccer team’s Foundation are in Washington state this week visiting with <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">Game On!</a> partners in Seattle, Ellensburg, and Yakima.</p><p>Through the three-year old partnership with the <a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/about-real-madrid/foundation" target="_blank">Real Madrid Foundation</a>, <a href="http://microsoft.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>, and <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/" target="_blank">Central Washington University</a>, Game On! currently enrolls approximately 250 underrepresented Yakima-area middle and high school students.</p><p>As the only program in the U.S. of its kind, Game On! uses soccer as a tool for teaching soft skills, computer coding to teach STEM, and university involvement to provide direct access to higher education.</p><p>“We use sport and technology as a way to give them new tools, new opportunities to come to a university and continue their academic studies,” said Mateo Figueroa, Real Madrid Foundation America area manager.</p><p>Figueroa and Anne Lise Bayo, Real Madrid Foundation project manager will be at Eisenhower High School, in Yakima, this week to meet with Game On! students, their parents and other school district staff to hear their thoughts on the program.</p><p>“We want to see how they feel about the project and how we can improve ourselves, provide them with better services and better opportunties to make them better students, and at the end have them come to an institution such as Central Washington University,” Figueroa said.</p><p>While at CWU, Figueroa and Bayo spent three days meeting with administrators and staff, touring campus, and evaluating the program. Talks are also underway with the Real Madrid Foundation, CWU, and Microsoft officals to develop ways to expand the program throughout central Washington and potentially the nation.</p><p>Seven schools in the Yakima School District currently participate in Game On! This spring, Mabton School District and Henry Beauchamp Community Center in Yakima are slated to join, bringing the total to nine programs. The partnership believes this is just the beginning.</p><p><img alt="Game On! students and staff pose for a photo" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20On%21%20Team%20Photo.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 356px; margin: 3px;">Game On! targets students whose parents have limited exposure to higher education, and shows them in fun and unintimidating ways that they are are academically capable and attending college is a possibility.</p><p>“It’s not a matter of the pipeline to Central, although I have to tell you as the person who oversees enrollment at Central I would love to see these students come here, but it’s about our ability to make college a real possibility for these students,” said Sharon O’Hare, CWU vice president for stragetic enrollment management.</p><p>For more information about <a href="http://Officials from Spain Visit CWU Game On! Partnership, Yakima Connection" target="_blank">Game On!</a> or to donate support to the program contact Manuel Rodgriguez, CWU Game On! executive director at 509-963-2216, Manuel.Rodriguez@cwu.edu.</p><p><em><strong>Top photo:&nbsp;</strong> Manuel Rodriguez, CWU Game On! executive director stands next to Mateo Figueroa, Real Madrid Foundation America area manager as they talk with Game On! participants.</em></p><p><em><strong>Bottom photo: </strong>(l-r) Game On! partners pose with students and staff.</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p><p>Thursday, April 12, 2018</p>Seattle Sounders Donation Provides Game On! Students Lifetime Experiencehttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2484Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:45:43<p>Central Washington University’s Game On! program, including hundreds of its supporters, recently attended a Seattle Sounders FC match, compliments of the team.</p><p>The Sounders professional soccer organization provided Game On! with 200 tickets for the October 15, 2017 soccer match against FC Dallas. This donation more than doubled their previous year’s gift of 80 tickets.</p><p>Because of their donation more than 100 students from seven Yakima-area schools, their chaperones, along with administrators from CWU and Yakima School District (YSD) were able to witness the 4-0 win over Dallas. In addition, it provided the 109 students exposure to environments that many of them would not ordinarily have access to.</p><p><img alt="Game On! students and supporters at the Seattle Sounders FC stadium" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/image_gallery_images/GameOn%20at%20Sounders.JPG" style="width: 650px; height: 366px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>“We are especially thankful to Consul Luis Fernando Esteban (honorary consul of Spain) and Gary Wright (consultant with the Seattle Sounders FC) for providing our students with this opportunity for a second year,” said Game On! executive director Manuel Rodriguez. “The lasting impacts on students’ success is immeasurable.”</p><p>Game On! serves students from Stanton Academy, Eisenhower High School, Excel High School, Franklin Middle School, Lewis &amp; Clark Middle School, Washington Middle School, and Wilson Middle School. For many of these students, it was their first time experiencing a Major League Soccer match, and for some their very first time in Seattle.</p><p>They had the added exposure of interacting with CWU President James L. Gaudino, Global Field Director of Microsoft Philanthropies Leonardo Ortiz, and a host of other professionals. The informal mentoring allowed students to connect with leadership in a fun and unimposing environment.</p><p>“Being able to go to my first Sounder’s game was amazing,” said Cesar Miranda, a Game On! participant and Eisenhower High School senior. “To experience it with everybody … I will remember this for as long as I live!”</p><p>Game On! and its partners hope to make this an annual event for future participants.</p><p><strong>About Game On!</strong><br>Game On! is an after-school program that meets twice a week. Students visit the CWU campus to learn computer coding and soccer skills as a way to encourage interest in higher education, STEM studies, and leadership. The Game On! program is made possible by a partnership between the Real Madrid Foundation—the largest sports franchise in the world, together with the world’s leading software company, Microsoft Corporation, Central Washington University, and the Yakima School District. Central Washington University coordinates the Game On! communication and training efforts, as well as promotes and provides a new and exciting opportunity for these Game On! students to achieve their goals of completing a university degree.</p><p>For more information about <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/game-on/" target="_blank">Game On!</a> contact Manuel Rodriguez, executive director at manuel.rodriguez@cwu.edu, 509-963-2216.</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p></br>Game On! Celebrates Almost 100 Yakima-area Students’ Successhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2476Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:28:55<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 288px;" alt="Game On! Students" src="https://www.cwu.edu/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/GameOn%212.jpg"></p><p>Last week 85 middle and high school students spent the day on Central Washington University (CWU) campus as part of an end of the year <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/game-on/">Game On!</a> celebration.</p><p>The June 6 graduation brought Game On! participants from Yakima to CWU. They spent the day exploring Central’s campus, receiving college admissions information, being encouraged by college students, and gazing at the stars during a trip to CWU’s new planetarium.</p><p>The purpose of this year-end activity served to inspire students to recognize the importance of higher education, show that college is attainable, and further encourage them to pursue a degree in computer coding or other computer-related fields. Moreover, it was to celebrate their year-long commitment to the program.</p><p>This was the second visit for these students to Central.</p><p>“Each time Game On! students visit campus you can see the transformation come over them as they realize attending college is possible,” executive director Manuel Rodriguez.</p><p>The Game On! program incorporates the power of soccer to enhance student’s leadership skills, character and values and computer coding, and a STEM-based curriculum to expose these students to learning experiences that will allow them to explore opportunities for achieving a university degree and high-skilled employment.</p><p>During the 2016-17 academic year, Game On! served 110 students from six Yakima School District (YSD) schools. Stanton Academy and Eisenhower High School completed their second year in the program, and four middle schools (Franklin, Wilson, Lewis and Clark, and Washington) completed their first year. Many of the students are Hispanic.</p><p>At the year-end celebration, William Brenes, a flight test operations engineer for Boeing told the students about the opportunities available in the science and technology fields for those willing to work hard.</p><p>Brenes, who is also president of the Boeing Hispanic Employees Network–Puget Sound and Boeing representative on the Great Minds in STEM–Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards committee said he has a personal and professional interest in inspiring the next generation of Hispanic STEM professionals.</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino also addressed the group and joined Brenes and the scholars in a group photo to mark the occasion.</p><p>As part of being a Game On! participant, students commit to attending after-school meetings twice a week. Students learn coding for an hour and sharpen their soccer skills for 90 minutes. CWU sponsors visits to the university campus to welcome students into a friendly educational future.</p><p>The Game On! program is made possible by a partnership between the Real Madrid Foundation, the largest sports franchise in the world, together with&nbsp; the world’s leading software company, Microsoft Corporation, CWU and the YSD.</p><p>Central Washington University coordinates the Game On! communication and training efforts, as well as promotes and provides a new and exciting opportunity for these Game On! students to achieve their goals of completing a university degree.</p><p>For more information about <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/game-on/">Game On!</a> contact Manuel Rodriguez, executive director at manuel.rodriguez@cwu.edu, 509-963-2216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p>Microsoft Brings Innovation Workshop to CWUhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2474Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:41:53<p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University hosted the first-ever Microsoft Innovation Centers Pilot Workshop to be held in the United States on September 30. The workshop promotes innovation and entrepreneurship to help individuals take an idea to the marketplace.</p><p>“We’re extremely honored to have been selected as the host campus for the roll-out of this program in the United States,” said William Provaznik, associate professor of management at CWU. “The workshop incorporates a unique curriculum designed to help students understand how to get an idea from the concept stage to a finished product.”</p><p>The program is based on the research of Dr. Tina Seelig, a Stanford University professor, who authored, “InsightOut: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Jose%20Eduardo%20Campos-Workshop1.jpg" style="width: 230px; height: 173px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: left;">Microsoft executive Jose Eduardo Campos, director of business development worldwide/public sector for Microsoft; introduced the workshop and said Microsoft wanted to create an incubator for potential entrepreneurs to help them develop ideas and products that could have a meaningful impact on society.</p><p>“We’ve tested this concept in seven countries to over 1,000 students,” Campos said. “But this is the first time the polished content comes to be used at a university. We hope to use this with other students and universities in the future.”</p><p>Campos said Microsoft was particularly pleased to bring the workshop to Central because of the solid partnership that has developed during the past year between his company and the school. He cited the success of GAME ON!, a youth program that combines computer science education with soccer training to promote youth leadership and computer coding skills. Microsoft, CWU, and the Real Madrid Soccer Club are partners in GAME ON!, which kicked off earlier this year.</p><p>During the workshop, attended by 28 CWU business students, participants explored ways to develop product ideas as well as determine whether there is a need for the product and how to manufacture and market that product.</p><p>Ed Steidl, Microsoft’s Global Director of Microsoft Innovation Centers, who conducted the workshop and helped develop the program, told students that the purpose of them was to empower people to feel free to become entrepreneurs.</p><p>“If you give people the tools, they can change the world,” he said. “It’s just that most don’t know how to do it.”</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cuw.edu.</p><p>Printer-friendly version Send by email PDF version</p>Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and Central Washington University Officially Kick-Off GAME ON! Youth Leadership Programhttps://www.cwu.edu/game-on/node/2472Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:31:41<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20on-CWU%20ball.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 3px; float: left;">The Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Central Washington University (</span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">), and the Yakima School District Monday (Sept. 19) announced the official roll-out of the GAME ON! youth leadership program at the Eisenhower High School Stadium in Yakima.</span></p><p>At a press event, CWU President James L. Gaudino noted that the purpose of the program was to provide participating young people with valuable computer science skills as well as teaching them the value of teamwork, self-control, respect, and collaboration.</p><p>“GAME ON! is a unique program that trains both the mind and the body,” he said. “The students in this program learn the basics of computer coding as well as receive soccer training through our Real Madrid partners that promotes leadership and core values. These are all skills that will benefit them throughout their school careers and beyond.”</p><p>Gaudino said CWU became involved in the program because of the importance of showing young people that getting an education, including a college degree, isn’t out of their reach no matter who they are or where they live.</p><p>“We recognize that it is an excellent way to reach these students,” he said. “As part of the program, the students will visit our campus and see for themselves that college is very attainable.</p><p>“We’re the fastest growing university in Washington and we’ve recently been rated the best value in state by The Economist Magazine, so we’re honored to join Real Madrid, Microsoft, and the Yakima School District in this innovative program,” he added.</p><p>Gaudino also thanked Don Luis Fernando Esteban, honorary consul for the Spanish government for Washington and Oregon, who was responsible for helping to put the partners together to create the program.</p><p>Ignacio Abascal, trainer of football trainers for Real Madrid, said he was looking forward to training local area coaches and trainers. He said Real Madrid Soccer Club, which is the world’s most valuable sports franchise, is committed to the idea that core values and leadership skills can be shared through sports.</p><p>Abascal will spend part of this week on the CWU campus in Ellensburg training coaches from participating Yakima area schools.</p><p>Gaudino noted the GAME ON! program is the first sports workshop of the Real Madrid Foundation to be affiliated with a university.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/game-on/sites/cts.cwu.edu.game-on/files/images/Game%20ON-ignacio%20kids.jpg" style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 16.8px; width: 200px; height: 133px; margin: 1px; float: right;"></p><p>Gaudino said the partnership complements CWU’s ongoing commitment to community outreach.</p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">CWU engages in significant outreach to K-12 schools in the central region of the state, through programs such as Compass to Campus, the university’s Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, and the state’s only GEAR UP grant. </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> also has one of the largest teacher preparation programs in the country.</span></p><p>The GAME ON! program began last March with a pilot program involving students from Stanton Academy and Eisenhower High School. The success of that effort encouraged the partners to officially commit to continuing the program.</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">