University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to announce the launch of an eSports team beginning in the fall of 2017.
eSports, competitions involving multiplayer video games, have grown in popularity in recent years, entering schools and universities across the country and around the world. With the introduction of an eSports team to UC, the University will join institutions like Miami University, University of Pikeville, University of Utah, and others in competition.
“Our school has been on the leading edge of online education, as well as growth and development in the IT world,” said Chris Kraftick, Director of Athletics at UC. “Our eSports athletes fit that narrative. I think any time we can incorporate students with varied interests, talents, and backgrounds, it strengthens the campus community.”
The eSports team at Cumberlands will compete as a club sport during its first year on campus with the goal of fielding a varsity team, eligible for scholarships, in the fall of 2018.
Players will train together, competing in the Collegiate Starleague, which hosts nine games across all platforms, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Madden NFL, and more. Members of the team will participate in scrimmages and tournaments across the country, looking to bring points and recognition to UC.
The new team will be led by Jeremiah Brown, a 2017 graduate of UC from Crab Orchard, Kentucky. Brown was a member of UC’s nationally-ranked archery team during his undergraduate career and has experience coaching young people in archery and football. While coaching eSports is new territory for Brown, he considers it an exciting opportunity for the team to learn and grow together.
“This team is important because it shows that our school is willing to offer opportunities to anyone who walks on our campus – not just those who play a physically-intensive sport,” Brown said. “Those who are usually out of the spotlight are being given the chance to shine with eSports to a world-wide audience.”
Academic requirements for the team mandate that students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester and must maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Students must also have gaming experience: earning a level 30 account, ranking silver at least once, and being able to supply their own mobile laptop or personal computer with an operating system of Windows 8 or higher.
“The students we want to recruit are those who are determined to be the greatest both at practice and in the classroom,” Brown said.
For more information about the eSports team at UC, contact Jeremiah Brown at email@example.com.
Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction offering quality undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and online degree programs. Learn more at ucumberlands.edu.