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Game Changers with Kevin Frazier

Game Changers with Kevin Frazier

Spring 2015 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

The focus of this show, ultimately, is on doing good for others. Because it's sponsored by EA video game makers, there is also usually some game aspect in each episode.

At first that seemed like a bad idea, but the way it's presented isn't bad. The reality is that a lot of kids play video games. This show goes behind-the-scenes with the games, which might just inspire a young game player, coder or designer in your family.

The episodes usually feature pro athletes, coaches and fans who are somehow making a difference. For example, in one segment, NFL pro Richard Sherman, a Stanford grad, and coverboy for the Madden NFL 15 videogame, visits a school. He tells the kids that it "doesn't matter where you start; you can do anything." His goal, he says, is to help the next generation get better. It's also nice that he hands out new cleats to the school's football team.

Other segments have included stories of a California man who sends baseball gloves to the troops, an Oahu rescue team that saves surfers in distress, and soccer fans in Lincoln, Nebraska who have started chapters in 96 cities.

In another segment, soccer star Tim Howard is shown recreating his goalie moves in 3D animation for a video game. There's also a segment that explains how EA Sports' Madden NFL video games are made, bringing computer science and sports together.

The motto of the show: "You can be a game changer." Those are words well worth adapting to "I can be a game changer" and adopting as your own motto.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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