Video games. For many of us gamers, they’re something that seems incompatible with school, except when our parents tell us that we have to finish all our homework before we can play. But what if there was a way to not only play video games at school, but for CB? Well, welcome to CB’s esports […]
Video games. For many of us gamers, they’re something that seems incompatible with school, except when our parents tell us that we have to finish all our homework before we can play. But what if there was a way to not only play video games at school, but for CB?
Well, welcome to CB’s esports team.
Esports is a concept that has been steadily growing in popularity over recent years, with e-sport events like the Overwatch League and the Fortnite World Cup taking the world by storm. This increased acceptance of video games, coupled with numerous studies that show how much having an E-Sports team can positively impact students at school, has led many high schools to field an esports team in games such as Rocket League, Valorant, and League of Legends.
CB is now jumping on the Esports train. CB Co-Athletic Director, Mr. Dale Milton says that “it was something that was on the back burner for a long time.” But there was one main obstacle. “It was looking for the right coach,’ Mr. Milton adds, “and finding someone who would be involved.”
Enter Mr. Carson Whitesell.
Mr. Whitesell is a math teacher at Christian Brothers, and this is his first year at the school. Coincidentally, he’s also an avid gamer and a co-moderator of CB’s newly formed Gaming Club. So he was a perfect candidate for an Athletic Department in need of an Esports coach.
“Mr. [Brendan] Hogan ’95 and the athletic department asked me if it was something I’d be willing to do,” Mr. Whitesell divulges with a smile, and then laughs. “And it seems like it’ll be fun.”
But he’s being perfectly realistic about the team so far. When asked about his goals for the team, Mr. Whitesell responded that “for this year I just hope we get a solid group of kids who can play every week.”
The team is just in its infancy now, as competitions will begin to start for them next school year most likely. But with time, the hope of the Athletic Department and Mr. Whitesell is that we become a force in the esports scene, matching or even exceeding the powerhouse teams that Jesuit puts out.
And for those skeptical of the benefits of an Esports team at CB, think of it as another athletic sport in the way of team building. The Athletic Department and Mr. Whitesell are united in that they believe this team is yet another way to improve the amazing community at CB and bring even more people into feeling like they belong here.
“I think it will be good to have a good group of kids who want to be competitive and then just another source of community,” says Mr. Whitesell. “Another team that kids can be a part of and find friends and find healthy competition.”
“These are just other opportunities for our students to enjoy and have the experience in the athletics world,” agrees Mr. Milton. “I think it’ll be a great experience to be on a team and to compete.”
The team will compete in Rocket League and maybe League of Legends as well. So if you’re a gamer and want to be a part of a varsity sport (yes, esports is a CIF-sanctioned sport!), go talk to Mr. Whitesell and help drive Christian Brothers into competitive dominance yet again.