Back in April, 9-year old Caine made headlines and brought tears to the eyes of people around the globe, thanks to a short documentary about a cardboard arcade he built in his dad’s used auto parts store. Five months later, Caine’s Arcade is still inspiring people everywhere and a follow-up video released this week reveals just how much of a difference Caine’s Arcade has made for Caine and for the rest of the world.
For those of you that haven’t seen Caine’s Arcade, I have three words for you: Watch. It. Immediately. Here look, we’ve made it easy for you—it’s embedded right here!
Now that you’ve seen the video, let’s take a look at what it has accomplished. As far as Caine goes, not only has short documentary made Caine one of the most famous 9-year olds in the world, but it’s also taken care of his college tuition! Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick started a scholarship fund for Caine at CainesArcade.com and it has raised over $216,000 so far, well on the way to a $250,000 target goal.
But that’s not all. Caine’s Arcade inspired a wave of cardboard creativity as children around the globe were motivated to make their own cardboard arcade games, rocket ships, robots, and more after seeing Caine on the news and on the Internet.
The phenomenon inspired a foundation, the Imagination Foundation, to foster creativity in even more kids, and next month on October 6, the one year anniversary of the flash mob at Caine’s Arcade, the Imagination Foundation is kicking off the Cardboard Challenge and inviting the world to “build something awesome out of cardboard and imagination.”
Check out the follow-up video to Caine’s Arcade to find out more. Will you be building something on October 6?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.