Student organization creates a strong community for those interested in Pokémon
BY REBECCA BREAZEALE
Unlike many clubs at Schoolcraft College, there are few with such a strong fan base as Poké Pals—a club where a variety of students focus on the Pokémon video and trading card games and the community that surrounds it. Before the club was founded early last semester by the current president Eryn Koons, students would play Pokémon in the Lower Waterman, but did not have an organized time or place to meet. This made it difficult for players of the game to battle, trade and gather cards with each other. Poké Pals was created so difficulties would cease and new friendships could be formed.
“It gives me a cool place to hang out with friends, and it’s something that my girlfriend and I both enjoy. I go there to play the TCG [trading card game] and trade with other players,” said Evan Jaslow, a Poké Pals club member.
With something that has been around since 1996, it is impressive to see the fresh community that this
club brings to the school. Many members find a place of belonging that did not exist before the club’s creation.
“I started the club to have a designated place to play and hang out while playing Pokémon. I am an official Pokémon judge, so it was very important to me to start the club,” said Koons.
The club is open to new players, experienced veterans and those just looking to try out a new trading card game. In the past, the club has put on a Pokémon battling tournament and plans to do more of them and have a trading card tournament.
“The community is very friendly and accepting. If you are new to the game, nobody has a problem teaching you it. It’s a judgment free zone,” said club member Ronnie Farah.
For those interested in learning more about the club or wishing to attend, Poké Pals meets every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in conference room E. Email schoolcraftpokepals@ gmail.com with any questions.