Magic Card Players Send Others to School

Magic: Gifts Given

Fandom can be harsh to its members, particularly when it comes to gender and/or stereotypes, but I found this story reassuring about some of the nice things fans can do for each other. The NY Times has an article about players of Magic: The Gathering providing scholarships, via

Gamers Helping Gamers, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of successful young New Yorkers to assist a very specific group of students: those who play the fantasy trading card game Magic: The Gathering….

The idea for the scholarship, [co-founder Jon] Finkel said, was to find highly intelligent students who could benefit from a little extra engagement…. [Founders] explained that they regularly encountered teenagers at tournaments who were extremely smart, but not the type of extroverts with hordes of extracurricular activities that college admissions officers value…. [They] see their fund as an opportunity to help young people within this tight-knit community build a successful life outside of Magic.

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