Esports Takes Lancaster by Storm!
The $500,000 grant will allow the Emerald Foundation to provide intensive support to three high-need schools: Columbia High School, La Academia Partnership Charter School and Lebanon High School. Each of these schools will receive equipment infrastructure enhancements. Other participating schools will receive a lesser degree of support including stipends for their General Managers and an opportunity to host competitions onsite using the Emerald Foundation mobile tournament equipment.
For more information about how you or your school can get involved in Esports, contact Terry Kraft, Chief Esports Strategist at the Emerald Foundation.
The Samueli Foundation, based in Orange County, CA will continue to play a vital role in launching esports in Orange County and seeding esports in Pennsylvania. Gerald Solomon, their Executive Director, is responsible for introducing esports to the Lancaster County STEM Alliance, PDE, and the Emerald Foundation. In 2018, Orange County high schools launched a regional competitive esports league with the support of the Samueli Foundation. The goal was to document possible connections to socio-emotional learning, team-building, STEM learning, and school engagement. They also explored paths for young people to participate in competitive esports that go beyond just team play and include event organizing, web development, shout-casting, game analysis, and other valuable support roles.