Whitfield Launches Esports Program
Beginning in January 2022, Whitfield students will have the opportunity to engage in a new extracurricular program -- esports!
Esports, or electronic sports, elevates single player video gaming to another level with organized competitive gameplay between two teams. Participants are supervised by a coach, attend team strategy meetings, practices, and official matches. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of roles including Varsity and JV game players, assistant coaches, play-by-play announcers, graphic designers, and video editors.
Much more than just video gaming, esports requires players to develop and strengthen their teamwork, communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. Participants also practice and develop STEM skills by analyzing data, game statistics, and strategies. In addition, there are growing opportunities for esport scholarships at the collegiate level and an expanding variety of esports-related careers.
“I am thrilled that we are getting esports off the ground here at Whitfield,” said Assistant Director of Technology and esports general manager Lisa Barry Jenkins. “This is a worldwide phenomenon that builds community, strengthens communication and life skills, and is really fun!”
Whitfield will participate in the Missouri Scholastic Esports Federation (MOSEF) league which provides schools with rules, guidelines, and resources for play as well as equitable access for students to competitive leagues while promoting a safe and fun experience. The school year is divided into two regular esports seasons, fall and spring, each with their own playoff season. Whitfield purchased 10 computers that will be used for the esports program as well as advanced computing.
Whitfield Esports Games and Coaches
General Manager: Lisa Barry Jenkins
Coaches: Andrew Asikainen, Brandon Haynes, and Heather Lavezzi
Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Middle School/rated E for everyone)
Rocket League (Middle School/rated E for everyone)
Overwatch (Upper School/rated T for Teens age 13+)
Valorant (Upper School/rated T for Teens age 13+)