Nine-year-old Caine Monroy and his cardboard arcade are continuing to inspire hundreds of other kids to new imaginative heights, and this week actor Jack Black went public with a personal family video of how a visit to the East LA auto part store inspired his sons to start work on their own arcade games.
In the video above, uploaded Friday, son Samuel introduces his dad and brother to a game at "Sammy's Arcade."
Called "speedball," players are supposed to throw the ball into a small hole in a cardboard box to win. "But be careful of these little guys," explains Samuel, "'cause they're the blockers."
Luckily for his boys, Black knows what it takes to be a good dad. From the looks of this 2011 interview with The Guardian, Black seems to be equal parts strict parent and playmate:
Fatherhood is extremely rewarding. My children are magical creatures and I love them to death. But it is challenging. It takes a lot of energy. When you get home from work you need to spend time with them – you can't just go and work on the computer. You need to give them your attention and listen to them and play their games, and those crazy pretending games take a lot of energy.
Black's video is part of an effort to encourage other families to share videos about how Caine's Arcade inspired their kids. From YouTube:
If you are a teacher, parent, or kid making cardboard arcade games, please share them with us on YouTube and on Facebook.com/cainesarcade, and also contact us about participating in the Caine's Arcade Foundation pilot school curriculum program and summer Fun Raisers to help inspire creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids.
To date, Caine's Arcade has raised $201,105.63 for Monroy's college education. The Goldhirsh Foundation has pledged to match the donations dollar-for-dollar once it reaches $250,000 to get the Caine's Arcade Foundation off the ground. The foundation will focus helping more kids like Caine realize their dreams.
Check out photos of Caine's Arcade and the day a flash mob of fans greeted him there:
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of the Goldhirsh Foundation.