TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - With the rise in popularity of fantasy sports and online gambling sites, teens are increasingly exposed to the world of gambling. The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is returning this fall to Ontario high schools with GAME BRAiN, its interactive, educational game show. Now in its third year, the hit show hosted by Jason Agnew and Matt Philips of YTV's "Splatalot", has educated thousands of students on the risks of gambling.
"Research shows that some teens are gambling online" says Kevin Noel, COO of RGC. "We also know that compared to adults, young people are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop a gambling problem.That's why it's important to get this message out to students now, before a problem starts."
GAME BRAiN's innovative game show format has received rave reviews from students and faculty. Students form teams and play games that make them aware of the realities of gambling, the often hard to recognize signs of a problem, and the help resources that are available.
"Lots of teens aren't even aware that what they are doing might be a form of gambling," says Jason Agnew, host of GAME BRAiN. "The world of gambling continues to change and grow and Matt and I see first-hand how this show really makes students aware of the risks of gambling, in all its different forms."
GAME BRAiN will also be running a contest on social media to help spread the awareness message to students who do not get the chance to see the live show. The contest offered in English and French, will give Ontario students a chance to win yearly subscriptions to Spotify.
RGC introduced GAME BRAiN in 2014 after a successful decade-long run of dramatic productions. To find out more about GAME BRAiN visit www.GameBrain.ca or follow GameBrainCA on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter.
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to problem gambling prevention. RGC works to reduce gambling risks by creating and delivering innovative awareness and information programs, for a wide range of different groups including youth and young adults.
SOURCE Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario)
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For further information: Mary Davis, Senior Project Manager, Responsible Gambling Council, Tel: 416-490-2076, Email: [email protected]