Countdown To Program Launch!
Find Your Future Through Esports
This fall, the “Spartans eSports Academy” will be opening at the Rinks at Exeter. The Spartans eSports Academy, in partnership with Helix eSports, is a first of its kind program designed to provide equitable access to technology and enrich the lives of students in the Seacoast community. With access to state of the art infrastructure the facility in Exeter, NH will offer esports development, competition opportunities, and STEM education emphasizing the future of technology.
Helix eSports offers world-class gaming and virtual reality experiences at state-of-the-art centers throughout the United States. Helix eSports was founded with the mission to foster, celebrate, and grow the amateur esports ecosystem. Their recently opened Patriot Place location is the first gaming center adjacent to a major professional sporting venue (Gillette Stadium) and is also home to the Boston Uprising, a professional Overwatch team. Members of the Spartans eSports Academy will have opportunities to participate on teams (elite and recreational), and in global virtual tournaments, skill development camps, and weekly technology education clinics. The Spartans eSports Elite teams will be holding tryouts in January 2021 for teams to compete in events/leagues playing in games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros, NHL, FIFA, NBA 2k, Madden, and others.
“The world is rapidly changing and there is no debate that technology is a big key to our future and the lives of the students in our community. The Spartans eSports Academy will motivate students to develop a positive passion for technology through gaming, education, and community interaction,” says John St.Pierre, co-founder of the Spartans eSports Academy. “Our goal is to provide a structured environment for all to have fun participating in esports while also providing an educational platform with world-class coaches that ignite future passions for higher education and career paths.”
“We are thrilled to play a part in creating groundbreaking initiatives like the Spartans eSports Academy. At Helix eSports our mission is to provide equitable access to technology and opportunities in esports by creating avenues for our players to succeed, whether it be in the arena, in the classroom, or on the sidelines. We are excited for the opportunity to cultivate and democratize the amateur pipeline for younger players in the Seacoast region to achieve their goals of gaming and education at the next level.” said Murphy Vandervelde, CEO of Helix eSports
With commercial acceptance and higher education opportunities now available through esports, the Spartans eSports Academy aims to help players gain an edge by prioritizing their physical and mental health. Much like with traditional sports, the Spartans eSports Academy will offer a place for its members to compete in a team environment with professional coaching to help develop the kind of teamwork, leadership, communication, and social skills that lead to success in life.
Esports is about more than just playing games… it can be used to help students grow their STEM interests and develop valuable life skills. With 72 percent of teens playing video games regularly, esports is a great way to engage additional students with after-school activities. Nearly 200 colleges in the United States are actively recruiting and offer esports scholarships. Additionally, companies within the esports industry are looking to hire those with experience across multiple aspects of gaming. As schools look to provide participation opportunities for high school students, esports is a great option for two reasons. First, esports may involve students who haven’t been involved in a sport or activity in the past. Second, the costs to implement esports are minimal compared to starting a traditional sport, which can be extensive with equipment and facilities. Here are a few reasons why esports is beneficial in high school: • Team building. Esports takes a massive amount of communication and coordination amongst athletes. It allows for a deeper level of interaction and trains efficient communication. Esports is a booming industry. Many job opportunities outside being a pro player are being created. Esports can teach many skills, such as streaming, production, programming, and management. • STEM opportunities. Many students who participate in esports are also interested in STEM fields.
About Helix eSports
Helix eSports offers world-class gaming and virtual reality experiences at state-of-the-art esports centers throughout the United States. In reimagining the concept of a traditional LAN center or internet café, Helix eSports delivers a professional esports experience to everyone. Helix eSports fosters and builds the local esports community at every level – from youth to high school, to college, and beyond. Whether gamers choose to play, practice, and socialize with friends or compete at the highest level, Helix eSports is the premier destination for gamers. Helix eSports owns and operates three esports centers in the United States today, including the largest center in the USA in North Bergen, NJ, and Helix eSports Patriot Place located at Gillette Stadium with the Boston Uprising. Follow Helix eSports globally @helixesportsusa or at Patriot Place @helixesportsfx.
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