Dallas-area schools are going to embrace eSports
Video games aren’t just for after-school fun anymore
Two Texas counties saw their students participate in an eSports competition at Globe Life Park in Arlington this past weekend and it was apparently just a prelude of something that could be coming soon. Students from schools in Collin and Dallas participated in the tournament in front of a huge crowd and roaring applause. Inspired by that response, and the growing interest in eSports around the country, several counties in the state are now considering launching full-time eSports organizations.
The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) is reportedly considering launching a competitive eSports program for the district’s 65 middle and high schools. There would be weekly matches and two district-wide tournaments that would be held at Globe Life Park each school year, and organizers assert that it will be a great way to get adolescents involved in extracurricular activities.
Sharla Hudspeth, DISD’s director of student activities, explains, “Having that peer-to-peer relationship, being a bigger part of the community at your school and the relationship with your mentor and coach — all of that is just invaluable. And it can completely change the school experience for kids.”
To get things going and outfit the schools appropriately, around $500,000 is needed. This money would come from a budget amendment that will appear before the DISD board in November and there’s a good chance approval is forthcoming as board members and parents alike are becoming more supportive. Hudspeth adds, “Initially, parents were reluctant. … But they’re seeing now that it is a multibillion-dollar industry, with careers and college scholarship opportunities and people becoming millionaires.”