An arcade founded by former Libertarian candidate for governor and Survivor alum Rupert Boneham opens this weekend in Shelbyville. Rupert’s Kids Arcade will not only provide entertainment, but all proceeds will benefit the Rupert’s Kids charity, which provides mentorship services for at-risk youth.
The arcade features more than 25 video game machines, as well as pinball, air hockey, console video games and prize machines. Boneham tells our partners at WIBC-FM in Indianapolis the money earned at the arcade will help provide a better life for young people.
"[We’re] teaching young men and women that work is the way to the future, [that] work is the way to your freedom," said Boneham. "So many young men and women come out of the detention center with five, ten or more ways of making an illegal living and no one out there helping them make that legal living. We either create career workers or criminal criminals. One or the other is going to happen, and I’d much rather be creating career workers."
The station adds Boneham also plans to use the proceeds from the arcade to help open a 12-bed facility as a re-entry program for young people who have been released from the Shelby County Jail or Detention Center.
The arcade will open Saturday at 1:00 p.m. There is an admission charge of $5 per person for one hour or $10 per person for the day. You can learn more about the arcade at its Facebook page.