During one of their regular meetings on February 16th, the Mid-Ohio Board of Governors announced a plan to expand and enhance services by utilizing grant funds from the Governors Emergency Relief Fund in order to provide extended learning opportunities to Mid-Ohio ESC (MOESC) client districts. One of the major issues discussed by the Board and funded by these dollars, will be the implementation of esports programs at MOESC.
“As educators, we strive to provide our students with numerous educational and extra-curricular experiences during their educational careers,” said Dr. Mark Burke, Executive Director of Achievement and Leadership at MOESC. “However, some of our students do not ‘fit in,’ or have an interest in traditional sports. Esports is a new and innovative way to connect with more of your students.”
Mid-Ohio ESC conducted a survey with districts in the area to assess the interest level in bringing esports to Mid-Ohio. Additionally, esports could be an action step within a district strategic plan to serve the whole child, which would align to ODE’s Whole Child Framework.
Esports has many entry points in which school districts can start a program. District may choose to host esports as an activity within already established programs, like 21st Century Community Learning Center programs. Districts could elect to add esports as a club, where an advisor meets periodically to coach and work with his/her team(s), and some districts may choose to create a varsity team, hire a coach, and run full competition seasons.
(All information was provided by Richland Source)