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caines arcade

In never ceases to amaze me how the people in the field of communications can make a difference, even if it's in the life of a nine-year-old boy in East LA. 

If you haven't heard the inspiring story of Caine's Arcade, here's a quick summary:

Nine-year-old Caine Monroy spent last summer building elaborate arcade games using cardboard boxes from his dad's auto parts store. Every weekend, he would sit in front of his father's store waiting for someone to come play one of his games, but no one ever stopped to play.

Not until one day last fall when filmmaker Nirvan Mullick visited Smart Parts Auto to buy a door handle for his '96 Corolla and discovered Caine sitting in front of his father's auto shop. Nirvan was impressed by the boy's creativity and bought a "fun pass" (500 plays for 2 dollars, what a deal!) to play at Caine's Arcade. Nirvan was inspired to share Caine's story and created a short documentary, which quickly went viral and gained the attention of many major news outlets. 

After watching the documentary, I had to see Caine's Arcade for myself. This weekend, a few of my friends and I drove to Smart Parts Auto, bought fun passes, and played the cardboard arcade games. I was so impressed with how well they were designed and was so excited when I won a stuffed tiger from Caine's homemade claw machine!

To read more about Caine's Arcade, visit cainesarcade.com.


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