Gamers, and tabletop gamers especially, have a unique perspective on working together and caring about their community. The games we play, whether they be RPG, cooperative board games, competitive strategy games, humorous games, card games, dice games, social party games… they all build relationships and friendships among the people who play together. Game nights strengthen families, bridge cultural barriers, and are a truly level playing field for people of all backgrounds. Our goal at San Antonio Nerd Night is to take that one step further. We intend to project the goodwill and generosity of the gaming community onto the San Antonio area at large.
We do this in a number of ways that promote gaming in San Antonio along with philanthropy. Our most visible events are our three monthly "Nerd Night" game nights. We gather and play (mostly) board and card games, collect donations for our nonprofit parter of the month, and learn something about their organization. We've been very fortunate to have awesome partners and speakers from these groups come to our events and teach us loads about the under-served and most vulnerable populations in San Antonio.
Please join us at a Nerd Night or at one of our many events throughout the year! We're always welcoming new faces :)
SPECIAL NOTE: For this Sunday Nerd Night only, we will NOT be meeting at Knight Watch Games. We will be meeting at EZ's on Bitters@US281 due to a Magic launch event that will be taking over the whole of Knight Watch on this date.
As a BONUS! 10% of sales to Nerd Night friends/family at EZ's during Nerd Night come back to us in the form of a check from the restaurant! So eat up and drop your receipt in the provided bin! (No outside food or drinks allowed at this one, gang) :)
Beneficiary organization: San Antonio Youth Literacy
Join us at EZ's for a night of board gaming in support of Book Buddies. Nerd Night is holding a book drive to collect books for this year’s fairs. Bring your new or gently used children's books! Use our game library or bring your own.
Book Idea List HERE: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WZZHJYQ11YRJ?&sort=price-asc
(Hint: Shop at http://smile.amazon.com and select San Antonio Nerd Night as your charity! We receive a tiny donation at no cost to you with every purchase.)
Book Buddies is an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy. Book Buddies collects books suitable for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and distributes them at the end of the school year in free book fairs at their Reading Buddy Schools.
Children choose books to take home to read over the summer, which helps prevent the “summer slide” — a regression in learning over summer vacation when they are not being actively taught. Studies also show that children who grow up in homes without books, and who are not read to as children, are far more likely to fall behind in school, fail to complete high school, and suffer the unfortunate outcomes associated with failure: drug use, criminal behavior, early pregnancy, etc.
San Antonio Youth Literacy developed Book Buddies as an offshoot of their Reading Buddy program, which exists in San Antonio Title 1 schools where at least 75% of the families are below the poverty line. Children at these schools attend the free book fairs at the end of the school year and take the books home and keep them as their own. They can read them over the summer, share them with family and friends, or even their parents. In many cases these donated books are the only books in the home. An added benefit is that children in more advantaged homes learn to share their no longer needed books with another child. Everybody wins!