From Covington Independent Public Schools.
Sixteen-year-old Haidyn Legner has never been part of a school sporting team, until now. The sophomore at Holmes High School has joined the schools’ Esports, a new sport that is taking Kentucky students by storm.
“This gives students like me a chance to do something they are good at,” said Haidyn. “So, if they aren’t good at sports, they could be good at Esports. It’s a good way to get students involved in school instead of sitting on the sidelines. It will be popular, I guarantee it. A lot of people play video games.”
Esports allows students to play videogames competitively. More than 200 colleges and universities offer Esports scholarships and are actively recruiting players for Esports programs. Esports relies on constant communication, collaboration, planning and execution. Ken Ellis, Holmes athletic director, believes Esports will help break down barriers among diverse student groups and involve students who might not otherwise join a team sport.
“Competitive Esports builds a lot of the same skills that athletic sports do, minus the athleticism,” Ellis said.
Holmes had its first practice earlier this month. Other students are encouraged to join. Competition starts in March. The Esports team is coached by Holmes teachers Tim Dodenhoff and Kyle Hagedorn. Hagedorn, an English teacher, who plays Rocket League in his free time, said he has wanted a team at Holmes for a while.
“This allows kids who maybe aren’t interested in normal athletics to do something that they enjoy, and they can be part of the school culture in a different way,” Hagedorn said.
Superintendent Alvin Garrison said that’s the whole idea of offering Esports at Holmes - to give more students more