Sandy Hook arcade fosters fun, healing

Victor Barreiro Jr.
To foster healing in the community, 2 Newtown residents have put up an arcade in their town after the shootings

SANDY HOOK ARCADE. Two residents of Newtown have set up an arcade to provide family-friendly fun after the Sandy Hook shooting. Photo from SHAC Facebook page.

MANILA, Philippines – Two months after the Newtown school shooting, two residents of the town are providing the community a safe space to enjoy games with others.

Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari opened the Sandy Hook Arcade Center in Newtown over the weekend, a non-profit, all-ages arcade that aims to help in the healing process after Sandy Hook.

Local businesses and game companies, such as SEGA and Namco America, responded to calls for assistance from the two, bringing in both games to play and help with setting up the venue.

FAMILY FUN. Residents from Newtown pose for the camera at the Sandy Hook Arcade Center. Photo from SHAC Facebook page.

The arcade features digital and analog games, and pictures from the arcade’s Facebook page would indicate that the games are nonviolent in nature. These include Xbox 360 Kinect games, pinball machines and air hockey rigs, among others.

Polygon reports Newtown residents will always get to play for free, and donations and admission fees from non-local customers will be used to keep the place going. Any leftover funding will be donated to the town. –


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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.