It's not about video games…
We are starting our ﬁrst ever E-Sports club here at RCS. The focus on ESports will be less about video games and more about the broader implications of playing games together and socializing -- which are an integral part of building leadership and communication skills.
Here are some of the more detailed reasons we have started our ESports program:
To Build Critical Skills
Our goal is to build up our student’s critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills so that they achieve and sustain success. It reaches beyond traditional sports to create an all-inclusive environment that breaks barriers between traditional social groups.
To Impart a Sense of Community
A Pew Research Report states that video games play a vital role in teen friendships. The inclusiveness and accessibility of esports allow students to come together over a common passion while providing access to a positive adult mentor in their lives.
To Develop Character
There will inevitably be challenges and early failures, but players who demonstrate grit and adapt/learn will typically succeed in esports. Fortunately, these attributes are exactly what employers and colleges are telling high schools they are looking for in recent graduates.
To Increase Participation
There is a strong correlation between student engagement and student achievement. NCES reported that students who participated in extracurricular activities perform higher on math and reading assessments.
To Foster STEM Engagement
The amount of technology involved with esports enables students to practice and develop STEM skills.
To Provide Scholarship Opportunities
Esports can provide a gateway to colleges and universities. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the main governing body for varsity collegiate esports, has awarded millions of dollars in esports scholarships and aid over the last ﬁve years. Currently, more than 200 colleges and universities offer nearly 15 million dollars in scholarships.
Esports majors and careers are becoming increasingly more accessible. There are growing opportunities to ﬁnd employment in esports-related careers. These opportunities include broadcasting, marketing, graphic design, multimedia production, hospitality, coaching, and management.
To Build up Christian Leaders
God gave humans a competitive spirit. The Esports program helps develop this spirit, all while developing your Christian leaders. With guidance of a Christian coach we can instill Godly principles into our players. Moreover, the Esports community can be very secular and our studnet’s Godly demeanor can be a chance for them to spread the love of Christ all while being built up to disciple everywhere they go after High School.
Because the online inﬂuence on our students is growing, it is more important than ever that we instill Christian values in our students in alarmingly secular ﬁelds such as Esports. As they grow older, online activity will become an inseparable part of our students’ lives and so it is important that they learn to spread the love of Christ outside of and even after they leave our school.
Click here to view the RCS Esports League Information & Sign-Up Booklet