Konami Teams With Games for Health for DDR Tournament

Thu, Feb 11, 2010

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While West Virginia may not immediately scream “video games,” that’s where Konami and Games for Health have decided to hold a tournament based on the extremely successful line of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) video games.

In 2004, the two companies partnered to increase awareness in children of the importance of proper physical health, and in doing so helped implement the DDR platform into West Virginia’s PE curriculum at not only the elementary school level, but also in middle and high schools.

Running now through June, all students at those participating schools can enter into a DDR tournament where, at the end of the final championship event, one lucky student will walk away with $1000.

According to What They Play, West Virginia’s First Lady Gayle Manchin is pleased with what the program means for students, stating that DDR “has proven to be beneficial to our state’s children, and promotes a healthy life balance of exercise and fun.”

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