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NISKA-GAME 2017 was held Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th!  During the Fall season for over 30 years Niskayuna Middle School students have participated in Niska-Game, a game modeled after the popular game of Monopoly.  Many local businesses and families sponsored life-sized properties and t-shirts for the teams; local dignitaries acted as game Judges; and High School students coached the Middle School teams on how to best spend their Niska-Game money!

Last year we had 16 teams play on November 4 and 5, 2016 at Iroquois Middle School.  There were 2 games played over the weekend and each lasted about 3 hours.  Registration took place at both Middle Schools during the lunch periods the weeks before the game was played.  Students from both VA and IMS created teams of 10 players or registered independently and joined other teams.

Here’s how it worked: Two of the team players tossed the life-sized dice and another acted as the game “token” and moved around the board.  Upon landing on certain properties, teams had the opportunity to buy real estate or they had to pay rent.  Landing on Knowledge Net, Community Service, or Skit required teams to perform skits or answer trivia questions asked by the judges.  If the judges were impressed, teams earned additional Niska-Game money, candy or a new position on the game board.  The more donations a team collected during the weeks leading up to the game, the more Niska-Game money they had at the beginning of the game.  With these donations, a little bit of strategy and some luck, 3 teams each night won prizes donated by some of our sponsors.  Whether they won or not, everyone had a blast!

All sorts of volunteers helped make this another successful N-CAP sponsored event.  Whether they registered students and teams during lunch periods, solicited sponsors for donations, baked for the concession stand, or helped with the games each night as coaches, bankers, real estate agents, hall monitors or in concessions, our volunteers are what keeps the tradition of Niska-Game going! Niska-Game is a safe and healthy activity for our Middle School students and a community building event.  The funds raised on behalf of N-CAP are returned right back to our community through our youth programs, the President’s Volunteer Service Award, community forums, Niska-Day and much, much more!

Please contact the N-CAP office at info@ncapnisky.org or 518-374-0744 with any questions.  Please contact us if you are interested in helping with this event or becoming a sponsor of the game.  In addition, we hope you will continue to support our local businesses who so generously help us each year.

Here are some of the kids in action at past games…