My name is Gavin Cibb. I assisted with the eSports Program for 2 years before becoming the Head Coach. I have been playing video games for most of my life, and have always enjoyed the competitive aspect of them. Since the program started, I have enjoyed helping cast the games and watching the kids grow as teammates and individuals. I look forward to the growth of eSports as a competitive sport and the growth of our teams.
My name is Nathen Johnson. I have been passionately engaged with video games since I can remember, and most of my fond memories come from playing them with family and friends. As I got older, I started playing League of Legends, and got hooked on playing and watching it competitively. I look forward to working with the teams and coaches to not only enhance their gameplay but to guide them in learning valuable life lessons such as communication and collaboration.
My name is Chase Hester. This will be the beginning of my E-Sports career. I have enjoyed video games for most of my life. I started playing Valorant in the game’s early stages and have enjoyed it since it’s release. I am very excited to spread my knowledge and create an exciting and competitive space for the program.
ROCKET LEAGUE A TEAM:
Stokes Matthews, Junior, West Florence
Benjamin McCann, Senior, West Florence
Joshua Hoehn, Junior, Wilson
Brantly Hardee, Freshman, Wilson
ROCKET LEAGUE B TEAM:
Anthony Rauf, Senior, Wilson
Ason Pressley, Sophomore, West Florence
Johnathan Richardson, Senior, Wilson
Christian Jones, Freshman, West Florence
OVERWATCH 2 A TEAM:
Owen Mitchell, Senior, South Florence
Phillip Campbell, Junior, Wilson
Reigan Lane, Sophomore, Wilson
Ryan Watkins, Senior, Wilson
Austin Cummings, Freshman, West Florence
Dev Patel, Junior, Wilson
OVERWATCH 2 B TEAM:
Breaden Abarca, Sophomore, South Florence
Mi’Keal Gibson, Freshmen, Wilson
Jonathan Laws, Junior, Wilson
Camden Scipio, Freshman, West Florence
Emma Adkins, Junior, Wilson
Houston Johnston, Junior, West Florence
- How is this a "Sport"?
- Why are we dedicating resources to kids playing video games?
- How is this educational?
- My Child is playing games at home, how is this any different?
- You mentioned Scholarships?
The dictionary definition of "Sport" is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.". We would argue that eSports is exactly that, a team operates in a competitive environment involving highly trained reflexes and reaction times for their own, and the crowds entertainment. Professional eSports players can practice up to 12 hours a day 7 days a week to master their sport, far more hours than any that participate in traditional sports. It's easy to dismiss Video Games as something done purely as a pass-time based on games of the past, but we challenge you to watch the dedication, commitment, and mastery that Competitive players show.
Video Gaming is a very large category, there are certainly some games that exist to just sink time into and you have certainly seen someone in your life play those types of games. However, eSports gaming is an entirely different type of game. It requires significant skill, coordination, teamwork, and communication. If you compare it to something more traditional like Football each player has an opportunity to learn the skills that you would often attribute there like leadership, dedication, team cohesion. However in an eSports League you will see an entirely different type of student engage and succeed that wouldn't often participate in traditional sports.
Beyond the life skills that students will learn while participating there is a vast array of educational fields that they will come in contact with. Some of these fields include Digital Media Design, Broadcasting, Game Theory and Design, Event Management, Video Production, Networking, and much more. We intend to expand the program to include accredited courses involving Game Design, 3D Design, Sound Design, Programming, and Cyber Security.
An eSports League allows for competitive and organized team play that they likely aren't participating in at home. Furthermore, this provides them the opportunity to succeed among their peers, earn Scholarships, and participate in local, regional, national, and international tournaments for prize pools. All of this, and we facilitate life skill growth that comes with working as a team in a competitive environment.
Yes! there are many schools nationally that offer Scholarships for eSports, some statistics report as much as 20 Million Dollars being offered explicitly for eSports Scholarships. Locally, University of South Carolina Sumter, Coker College, and Savannah College of Art and Design offer Scholarships to their eSports Teams. This number is growing every year and having experience with an organized team and a resume of tournament matches will go a long way towards getting one of those Scholarships!
Calendar & Category Legend:
- eSports Calendar