On June 16th, 2017, Godfather's Pizza in Plattsmouth, Nebraska will host it's first dart tournament. However, it will not be a tournament like others in the area. This will be a Youth-only (18 & under) tournament...it will be the first tournament of a weekly series lasting 12 weeks throughout the Summer months.
Godfather's Pizza, partnering with the Wolfpack Junior National dart team and the Greater Omaha Leagues' Junior dart program will offer a family-friendly environment for youth dart players from all over the area to gather, socialize and enjoy the game of darts in a tournament setting. The tournaments will be held upstairs at Godfather's in the area now known as "The Wolves' Den", the 2018 home of the Wolfpack Junior National team.
Each week from 5pm to 6pm, the youth players can sign up for the tournament for $5.00 (plus quarters for their games), which also includes pizza for them. Bottled water, soda & other snacks will also be available for purchase during the tournaments. Parents can choose to stay throughout the evening or simply check-in with the program director, Matt Winters and return later to pick their youth player up.
Each week the Junior tournament, referred to as "Godfather's Goodfellas", will have a different sponsor...generally a local business who provides gift cards or prizes for the evening's tournament winner. In addition, the winners each week will get their names put on the Champions' plaque that will be displayed for everyone to see. These tournaments will be a mixture of cricket & 501 and be equalized based upon player skill level.
Much like Greater Omaha's Ultimate Qualifier Series, the youth players will earn points each week and at the end of the 12 week series, the player with the most points accrued will win a trophy & a $250 Visa Gift Card! The 2nd highest point earner will win a medal & a $50 Gift Certificate to Alkar Billiards! There may be other random prize drawings throughout the series as well, but the only way to know and have a chance to win is to participate.
Any youth players participating in at least 8 of the 12 weeks of the series will be awarded a Godfather's Goodfellas T-shirt. Anyone else who wants a T-shirt, including parents, they will be available to order for $10 ($12 for 2x - 5x)
When asked about the development of this partnership, Junior Program Director Matt Winters said "It was an obvious choice for us when we were approached about it. Since the inception of the Junior program, we've always wanted a kid-friendly location to grow with the community. Godfather's Pizza offers the perfect atmosphere for kids to enjoy themselves and for parents to feel comfortable enough to allow their children to get to know each other and to learn the game that we all love so much." Winters and Greater Omaha Leagues are excited about the potential to continue the growth of the Junior dart program and believe that the future of darts continues to shine bright through this partnership.
Winters also said that they have ideas for other fun activities as well and hope to expand upon just the tournaments as time passes. He believes that there is a great need for youth activities and healthy opportunities to socialize for the Plattsmouth community and believes that this may be just the beginning.