“It’s a-me, Mario!” Iconic Game Celebrated in Alaska

Spring Break has passed, but the memories that have been created are worth a thousand words. It’s the time of year when Boys & Girls Clubs and Club staff get busier as youth are out of school and coming to the Club for longer hours! In March, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska celebrated National Mario Day, a holiday dedicated to the popular Nintendo game and beloved characters, Super Mario and his brother, Luigi! This day of nostalgia occurs on March 10 due to the way the date appears when abbreviated (Mar10).

Club youth celebrated by having special gym activities to get moving! They worked to create life sized Mario karts, and then subsequently raced them in a Club-wide Mario Kart Tournament. Club staff created cardboard turtle shells to toss out onto the gym “race-track” as youth raced one another, staying true to the Mario Kart videogame! A character contest was later hosted in addition to the races. Youth were encouraged to dress as their favorite Nintendo character, but most chose to dress as one of the famous Mario Bros, with their signature overalls and caps! Participants also had the opportunity to make their very own personal pizzas and host a Mario party for the remainder of the day. Needless to say, National Mario Day was loaded with fun, creativity, and competition.

Mama mia, we can’t wait to see what Alaska Clubs have planned for next year!