It’s not just for nerds, jocks want in, too.
High school and college athletes are reconnecting with their childhood selves through Pokemon Go, an “augmented reality game,” available on iPhone and Android.
The game debuted July 7 and has become the No. 1 downloaded app on both platforms. According to data from SimilarWeb, people are spending more time on Pokémon Go than on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook Messenger.
Athletes are no exception to the Pokemon Go mania that seems to have struck the nation. Here is a look about what athletes and coaches are tweeting about their quest to “catch ‘em all.”
Nixa girls basketball coach Jennifer Perryman cleverly lured her players to an open gym session.
Hey Lady Eagles: I hear there are a bunch of Pokémon in the gym. Go look there and don't leave until you find them and make 1000 shots!!! 😊— Jennifer Perryman (@CoachJPerryman) July 12, 2016
Missouri State kicker Shelby Harris, a three-time all-state kicker at Nixa, acknowledged the very real dangers associated with hunting for Pokemon around the Missouri State campus and downtown Springfield.
Harris went on to win favor with Bears fans by tweeting that if they wanted to catch a Pikachu, they should make a run for the border at Taco Bell.
Sticking with the theme of kickers from Nixa, freshman Logan Tyler seems to be settling in nicely at Florida State University, where he appears to be taking advantage of the resources available through the college’s Office of New Student and Family Programs.
All-state wide receiver Johnny Scott of Bolivar has been actively working on his pass catching ability and his Pokemon catching ability before he puts on the pads at NCAA Division II Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He has the data to prove it.
Scott’s Liberators teammate Aaron Samek, also playing wide receiver at Northeastern State, got into a Twitter discussion with Kickapoo basketball guard Cameron Davis, in which Samek showed Davis his still-working Gameboy Color with Pokemon.https://twitter.com/YoungS4mek/status/752951476369186820
Samek has been doing his part to control Polk County’s Pikachu population.https://twitter.com/YoungS4mek/status/752335140504862720
Back to Cameron Davis, the holder of four NCAA basketball scholarship offers and counting. Just two days after playing on championship winning MoKan Elite in the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, Davis had his Pokemon fandom revealed on Twitter by his mother. Davis has apparently been a Pokemaniac for a time long before Pokemon Go arrived.
Why you have to put me on blast like that.. https://t.co/usVLNP3hwD— Cameron Davis (@_CDavis31) July 12, 2016
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