Nonprofit and community business partners answer the call for children under the care of regional“ Home”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 30th, 2020) — Helping Home of Innocents continue its mission to enrich the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness, Kentucky nonprofit Nerd Louisville and community partners donated multiple games, gaming systems, Disney+ video streaming accounts, tablets, and comics for children under its care during these trying times.
An integral part of Nerd Louisville’s mission is to get books, board games, and technology into the hands of those who need it most. During these trying times for our Commonwealth, we were honored to help.
Home of the Innocents contacted Nerd Louisville for help as many of its nonessential staff must now work remotely from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and children under their care have limited outlets for entertainment and creativity.
Nerd Louisville along with community partners answered their call by donating four Xbox One and two Playstation 4 gaming systems; three iPads, 10 Amazon Fire tablets; 24 video games; game controllers, three, one-year Disney+ streaming accounts, Dungeon and Dragons starter kits to name a few.
“The staff members who are sacrificing so much are the ones who coordinate the activities for the children,” said Hailey Kuhn, Nerd Louisville Board member. “Our hearts broke when we got that news, so we did what we could.”
Home of the Innocents plays a crucial role in the lives of the children and their families in our region, Helping it continue its mission aligns properly with Nerd Louisville’s mission.
“Currently our kids are on restrictions and cannot leave their cottages, houses, or dorms,” Home of Innocents Outreach Coordinator Reese Rose-Vann said. “This means they’re bored to tears — literally. The majority of our non-essential employees, administrative staff, and those that do directly care for the kids have been mandated to work from home until further notice. This is to ensure that our residents and staff stay safe and our kids continue to receive the proper care that they need.”
Nerd Louisville remains committed to the Louisville community to use its time and resources to do as much good as possible, Nerd Louisville President Jonathan Meadows said, and this is one example of the organization and its partners supporting others in time of need.
“Nerd Louisville’s mission is to make Kentucky the most awesome nerd city in the universe by fostering a sense of community, providing a hub to connect local nerds, and by promoting Louisville as a nerd destination,” Meadows said. “We also seek to educate, inspire, and empower local youth.”
Nerd Louisville would like to thank Heroes Comics & Gaming for donating comic books and starter kits and Card N All Gaming for giving us an incredible deal, Meadows said, allowing Nerd Louisville to stretch needed dollars farther.
Nerd Louisville also completed another recent donation of games and consoles to the University of Louisville Peace Hospital.
Nerd Louisville started the Next-Gen Nerds Initiative as a way for educating, inspiring and empowering local youth and giving back to the community.
Nerd Louisville’s charitable work has included: partnering with the Louisville Free Public Library, facilitating games for Louisville children with an autism spectrum disorder, partnering with local businesses and funneling laptops into Fern Creek High School, and donating Chromebooks and wi-fi hotspots to expand the city of Louisville’s “Job Seeker” program to name a few.
Are you ready to enter Suplex City?
On Sunday, April 8th, Nerd Louisville and Kaiju are teaming up to throw a giant-sized Wrestlemania 34 party! Festivities kick off at 3PM and will continue throughout the day. We will be serving Superman Punch, Booker Tea, Dolph Twizzlers, and Rock Bottom Candy. DKD: Osaka Snack Bar will also be on hand, so make sure you bring your appetite.
Throughout the night, we’ll have board games, WWE Trivia, video Games, and other wrestling-themed surprises. There is no cover charge for the event, but donations to Nerd Louisville are always welcome and accepted.
Schedule of Events:
3 PM – Andre the Giant (HBO Documentary), Board Games, Trivia
5 PM – WWE Wrestlemania 34 Pre-show
7 PM – WWE Wrestlemania 34
Wrestlemania 34 Card
Universal Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns: Last year at Wrestlemania, Brock Lesnar conquered Goldberg for the title while Roman Reigns buried The Undertaker. This year, two of the biggest stars in Sports Entertainment square off in the rematch to their Wrestlemania 31 match that saw Seth Rollins cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and win the World Heavyweight Championship.
WWE Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura: The Phenomenal One vs. The King of Strong Style on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Nakamura won the right to face AJ Styles after winning the 2018 Royal Rumble by eliminating Sami Zayn, John Cena, and Roman Reigns.
Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H: Sparks are sure to fly when former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Rowdy Ronda Rousey enters the WWE ring for the first time and teams up with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon Helmsley and Triple H.
Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn: YES! YES! YES! YES! What more needs to be said? WWE Legend Daniel Bryan returns to the ring after his forced retirement in February 2016. Bryan will be teaming up with The “King of Sting” Shane-O Mac to take on the team of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. If Zayn and Owens lose this match, their WWE career is over.
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka: The daughter of the legendary Rick Flair takes on the undefeated winner of the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble, The Empress of Tomorrow Asuka to determine who will walk away from Wrestlemania 34 with the coveted Smackdown Women’s Championship. Can Flair do the impossible and end Asuka’s undefeated streak or will Asuka roll over Charlotte and win her first main-roster Championship?
John Cena vs. The Undertaker: 16-time World Champion John Cena has challenged The Dead Man to a match at Wrestlemania. Will The Undertake show up at Wrestlemania or will John Cena be left without an opponent?
Raw Women’s Championship — Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax: The Australian-born wrecking ball Nia Jax squares off against Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss for the honor of leaving Wrestlemania 34 as the Raw Women’s Champion
Intercontinental Championship — The Miz (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor: In a contest that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, three former World Heavyweight Champions face off for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
United States Championship — Randy Orton (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Rusev: Four men enter the ring, but only one can walk away with the WWE United States Championship. Can “The Viper” manage to hold onto his United States Championship?
SmackDown Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Bludgeon Brothers: In what could be a candidate for match of the night, three of the baddest teams in WWE face off against each other for the honor of leaving Wrestlemania 34 with the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Can The Usos remain on top, or will the The Bludgeon Brothers or The New Day rain on their parade?
Raw Tag Team Championship — The Bar (c) vs. Braun Strowman & TBD: In what should be a fun match, the Monstrous Braun Strowman teams up with a mystery partner to face the team of Cesaro and Sheamus. Who will Braun team up with, and will Cesaro and Sheamus be able to conquer Strowman and retain the Raw Tag Team Championship?
Cruiserweight Championship — Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali: Alexander and Ali compete in the finals of the Cruiserweight tournament to determine the new WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Expect a lot of fun, high-flying action in what could easily be one of the best matches of the night.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: This should be a fun battle royal. Wrestlers announced for the match include Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy, The Revival, Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin, Tye Dillinger and Breezango.
WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal: Female Superstars from Raw, SmackDown and NXT will compete in the event. The list of entrants include Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Natalya, and the Riott Squad.
One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody
Written and Performed by Charles Ross, Directed by TJ Dawe
When: Saturday, May 12
Where: The Kentucky Center (501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202)
Why so serious? From the madmen behind One Man Star Wars and One Man Lord of the Rings comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Two-faced super-nerd, Charles Ross, lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one in his new One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody. No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles, Ross takes you on a one-hour comedic joyride, from Batman’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains. Hold onto your utility belt!
Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to purchase tickets!
[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][agni_image img_url=”17833″ alignment=”center” img_link=”1″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]2017 has come to an end and all of us at Nerd Louisville are thankful for the support that you have shown us. As you know, Nerd Louisville’s mission is to make Louisville, Kentucky the most awesome nerd city in the universe by fostering a sense of community, providing a hub to connect local nerds, and by promoting Louisville as a nerd destination. We also seek to educate, inspire, and empower local youth. In 2017, we made significant progress towards our mission, and we couldn’t have done that without you. We want to take a moment to reflect on the past year before we turn our gaze to a bigger and better 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The one word that comes to mind when we think of 2017 is growth. Our operating budget tripled year-over-year, and we were able to undertake a wide array of projects that were beyond our wildest dreams. Below you will find just a few numbers that demonstrate the unbelievable growth we achieved![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][agni_list icon=”ion-android-checkbox-blank”]
- $7,000 spent on our Next-Gen Nerds
- 197% year-over-year operating budget increase
- 202% increase in attendance for Nerdlouvia 2017
- 81% increase in Facebook followers
- Over 100 events
- 1 Ultimate Nerd City
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Nerd Louisville spent more than $7,000 in 2017 on the Next-Gen Nerds of Louisville. This money went towards buying role-playing and board games for at-risk youth, helping local schools create and stock their Library Maker Spaces, sending a child to Club SciKidz Summer Camp, and sponsoring Kentucky Science Center trips for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
We partnered with organizations like The Louisville Free Public Library, Jefferson County Public Schools, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, The Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana, and The De Paul School.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][agni_custom_slider source=”17844,17845,17846,17847,17848,17849,17850,17851,17852,17853,17854,17855,17858″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Nerdlouvia 2017 was held on November 18th and 19th, 2017 at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, and by all measures, the event was a huge success. We were able to raise over $5,000 after expenses to build up our war chest, fund our organization, and help our Next-Gen Nerds.
Nerdlouvia will be back in 2018, but for now, you can relive memories from 2017 by browsing through these great pictures![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][agni_custom_slider source=”17891,17875,17880,17865,17867,17868,17869,17870,17871,17872,17873,17874,17866,17876,17877,17878,17881,17882,17884,17890″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]
Looking Ahead to 2018
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]We are excited about 2018, and we hope that in the coming year we are able to continue to grow and support the Louisville community. We can only do that with your support, and we hope you’ll come along with us on this crazy ride. If you would like to get involved, please e-mail Admin@nerdlouisville.org or fill out the “Contact Us” form on the front page. Alternatively, if you would like to help but time is tight, please consider making a donation of $5, $10, or whatever you can by clicking here.
From all of us here at Nerd Louisville, we want to wish you a very happy and nerdy new year![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Summer is here, but Winter is Coming! We’re giving away two passes to Con Of Thrones 2017, just south in our neighboring city of Nashville, TN. Meet the likes of Carice van Houten (Melisandre, the Red Priestess) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsey Bolton) in person at this Game of Thrones convention!
Register to win by filling out the entry form and we’ll announce the lucky winner Monday, June 26th.
[vc_row fullwidth=”has-fullwidth-column”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Next-Gen Nerds!”][vc_column_text]For those of you that don’t know, our mission at Nerd Louisville is to make Louisville the nerdiest city in the universe. But how do we do that? We have committed ourselves to fostering a sense of community, providing a hub to connect local nerds, and promoting Louisville as a nerd destination. In pursuit of our mission, we have also created the Next-Gen Nerds initiative, an initiative focused around the youth in our community with the goal of cultivating the next generation of nerds in and around Louisville. This program seeks to educate, inspire, and empower local youth.
One of our most recent Next-Gen Nerds projects was to donate dozens of board games to The de Paul School. The de Paul School is a highly accredited institution committed to the success of students with learning differences. They acknowledge the positive effect of gaming as both a social and educational tool. One of the many enrichment clubs that students can join at de Paul is their “Games of the World” club. After learning about this club, and their need to expand their game collection, we were happy to collect donations from our generous supporters and make a donation to the school. In addition to our donation, Nerd Louisville board members and volunteers also had the opportunity to meet some of the students and host a special game night for the school. Volunteers had a great time teaching students to play a variety of games including Risk, Codenames, and Monopoly. Students at the event particularly enjoyed Happy Salmon, and after several boisterous sessions of the game, everyone was exhausted. It was exciting to see the positive effects that tabletop gaming can have on kids first hand and everyone had a blast!
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Nerd Louisville also donated three sets of Battletech miniatures to Knight Middle School for their after school gaming group including an “Age of Sigmar” starter set and two “Start Collecting!” boxes worth over $300!
This after school program, and others like it, challenge kids to be creative and social, and build stronger bonds with their school and their peers. Sixty percent of the students at Knight Middle are on free and reduced lunch, so they could use some support. Brandon Thomas, a teacher at Knight Middle, has worked hard to build a devoted gaming club with the enthusiastic support of Principal Catherine Gibbs. Your donations will enable us to continue supporting them in the next school year.
Watch this space for future news on our developing charitable initiatives. If you would like to donate to Nerd Louisville’s Next-Gen Nerds program, please contact us at email@example.com or donate online.
We would like to give a special acknowledgement to Schneider Electric for their generous donation to this project, and both Book and Music Exchange and The Louisville Game Shop for providing us with hefty discounts.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”15799,15800,15801,15802″ img_size=”Thumbnail” grid_number=”4″ gap=”small”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Louisville Area Crowd Funding Campaigns
Kickstarter and Indiegogo are crowd funding websites that help creators find the resources and support they need to bring their ideas to life. This week, we’re taking a look at several Louisville area crowd-funded campaigns that deserve your attention.
We encourage you to check these crowd funding campaigns out and support local nerds trying to make their dreams a reality.
Bagged & Bored
Bagged & Bored is a comedy web series that follows the retail misadventures of comic shop owner Kent Carney and his offbeat gang of employees! The show has its own unique style in the form of comic book parodies and pop culture references, all while focusing on a fun story with original characters.
Season one of the web series resonated with many people in the Louisville arts community, and season two looks to expand on that and create something bigger and better.
Affordable Dice Towers and Trays
“We started A&G Wood Working to fill a need of affordable dice towers to the gamer’s that are just like us. We would see dice towers for hundreds of dollars and feel that it wasn’t fair to a gamer who would rather spend that money on games. We started making them one at a time and selling them and we personally saw that its possible to provide towers at an affordable cost. This project has a low funding rate to help us grow our shop to do more kick starters in the future, but at the same time giving people affordable dice towers. This is our second Kick starter; already having one successfully funded and delivered on under our belt, this Kick starter is to expand, and be able to host a web site.”
8 Bit Coffee
“Are you a gamer, cosplayer, geek/nerd, or do you just love good coffee? If so, you’re one of us!
Walk into any café in the United States and you will find someone sitting at their laptop sipping coffee and almost no one talking or enjoying themselves. Cafes overseas can be quite different; some feature costumed characters serving up delicious drinks while others have colorful atmospheres that inspires their visitors to create amazing works of art. It’s time to ditch the library-style café and open a coffee shop where customers enjoy their unique experience.
This is why 8-Bit Coffee was started. Nerds, geeks, gamers, and cosplayers are a growing crowd of creative minds. At 8-Bit Coffee, cosplayers can meet up and show off their hard work as well as attend workshops to help perfect their craft. Lovers of board games will be able to take advantage of an inventory of games or bring their own to play with their friends (without cleaning up the house.)
Once the cafe is up and running, 8-Bit Coffee will begin to schedule gatherings and skill workshops. Workshops will be set up on community feedback and instructor availability. Topics may include streaming, video editing, costume design, sewing, and more!
The $10,000 goal will provide 8-Bit Coffee the minimum capital it needs to receive a small business loan. Any additional amount will allow the company to provide additional services such as extended hours, special guests, additional workshops, meeting spaces, a photography studio, and more!
Owned and operated by a proud Louisville native and veteran.”
We would like to thank everyone who came out to our first ever GM Master class. We had approximately 45 attendees and five speakers. Presenters discussed free and affordable resources and apps for running D&D and other games, world building, how to handle various player actions, general table etiquette, being mindful of your audience and convention play.
Special Thanks to Our GM Masterclass Sponsors
We’d like to give a special thanks to Brian Engard, a designer for the FATE series of games, who shared his expert knowledge of the system and even donated a copy of FATE Accelerated for our giveaway.
We also want to thank our sponsors, Legend Comics and Game Science for providing modules, dice, and other GM materials for our giveaway. As always, thanks to our partners at Kaiju for providing space, chairs, etc. and also for donating some of their own t-shirts this time for our giveaway.
Every other Sunday, you can Slur Your Role with us at Kaiju. Every Monday we host GameKnights there, and Kaiju also has their own video games available everyday.
You can see photos from the GM event, including winners with the prizes in the gallery below.
Nerdlouvia 2017 is coming! Tell us what you want!
We’re bringing back Nerdlouvia for 2017 even bigger and better. Whether you attended last year or not, we’re looking for your input on the event!
Please take a few minutes to fill out a brief survey regarding this year’s Nerdlouvia. You aren’t required to answer every question, but the more data we have, the better we can plan an awesome con that everyone enjoys! At the very least, please use this survey to mark your interest in going. We know tickets last year sold out very quickly, and we intend to expand capacity, but we need to know by how much. Please comment with any questions and the Nerdlouvia Director will reach out to you with answers. Thank you!
Volunteers Needed: Louisville Free Public Library Partnership!
For 2017, Nerd Louisville is launching a partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library. We will have two big initiatives: a presence at the annual How To festival in May and regular roleplaying and board gaming sessions aimed at local kids held regularly at local library branches.
The library branches interested in hosting NL gaming groups are:
- South Central (opening sometime in summer 2017)
Dates and times are flexible and will be determined as we gather volunteers.
Anyone interested in running a game session or otherwise helping us to spread the nerdery through city-wide gaming outreach at the library, please post in our community forum here.