The New Covenant Academy’s (NCA) League of Legends team had a successful 2021 season, finishing 12-2 and placing fourth in the state of California out of 118 participating schools. All the schools competed digitally this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“More students are playing games at home due to the pandemic,” said Jason Song, Principal of NCA. “The danger of computer gaming is addiction, conflict with parents at home, and disengagement from school work/activities. What we’re doing at NCA, under CIF’s initiative, is to actually utilize school-based team games to promote healthy competition, teamwork, and even academic success. We have coaches who work closely with our students at our own high-tech computing facility, and we require our players to maintain a 3.3 GPA in core courses to be eligible. Moreover, we have seen a positive impact on our players.”
CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) adopted esports two years ago, and the Federation has partnered with PlayVS to allow its teams to compete in three different games: League of Legends, Smite, and Rocket League.
NCA plans on expanding the esports experience to its middle school students as well as adding the other games when demand warrants, a school spokesperson said.
(All information was provided by The Larchmont Chronicle)