Why Esports Should Be in Schools
Esports requires a tremendous amount of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity from players to achieve and sustain success. It reaches beyond traditional sports to create an all-inclusive environment that breaks barriers.
Esports are co-ed, inclusive to anybody who can use a computer and engage students who might not otherwise participate in extracurricular activities.
“Esports has given me a chance to come out of my shell and make friends through one of my favorite pastimes. It has brought me confidence in my abilities that I hope with continue to grow.”
Video games are a passion for millions of students around the world.
Engaging with their passion through esports is a fantastic way to reach students in a space they want to be, while rewarding positive behaviors and skill development. It encourages them to form social bonds and find community while pursuing something they care about.
Coach Beth McKinney
”I get questioned a lot about the "challenge" of coaching something that's predominantly male players and male coaches. My answer is simple: I teach in a way where all my students have the ability to succeed. I coach to help all my players succeed in not only their games, but in teamwork and social skills.“
STEM-related skills are crucial to any esports athlete: deep engagement with computer technology, statistical analysis for scouting, and strategizing pre-match and mid-match.
Foster Your Students' Growth
Currently, hundreds of colleges and universities offer tens of millions of dollars in esports scholarship money. That number grows substantially every year as more and more schools spin up esports programs.
The gaming industry grows exponentially every year. For students, that means the number of potential career paths does as well. Want proof? Take a look the top 5 disciplines at Riot Games.