By Jacob Cooper
With there already being what seems like an infinite amount of clubs in our school system (Chess, Library, Archery, Drama, Art, Spanish, etc.), and with the ever rising popularity of competitive video games, is it finally time for MCHS to sponsor an eSports club? Surprisingly, the idea has more support than one might think, and even Mr. Leach thinks it could get more kids involved with the school.
“I think anything that reaches out to the interest of students and gives them more ownership of school is a fantastic thing,” – Mr. Wilkie
“Well, I had some students approach me about an eSports club, and I really think it’d be a good deal,” Leach said. ” I think we’d get some students that are not involved in other things but might be interested in doing that, and I honestly think it’s a great idea.”
Mr. Leach is not alone in his feelings. Mr. Wilkie also believes that as long as clubs don’t interfere with a student’s priorities, they can be positive influencers.
“I think anything that reaches out to the interest of students and gives them more ownership of school is a fantastic thing,” Wilkie said.
The high school is already home to many kids who competitively play video games single day, but even high school students that don’t play videogames have supported the idea.
“If it makes them happy and it’s something they really want to do, then why not?” – Kenzie Stephens
“I mean, I won’t participate in it,” said Kenzie Stephens, a three-sport athlete at the school. “But if it makes them happy and it’s something they really want to do, then why not?”
Even with support from the high school’s administration and athletes, there are some at the high school, like Coach Lee Smith, who have not completely warmed up to the idea of students playing video games as a form of sport.
“I mean, I’m a coach, what do you expect me to say,” Coach Smith chuckled. “I’d rather see kids go out and actually compete and exercise, but I do understand that sometimes that isn’t the right thing for the kid. So, I do see the good in this.”
Coach Smith does have a point. An eSports club doesn’t necessarily promote physical activity, but it does support teamwork and friendship as well as strategy and skill. There are eSports teams beginning all around the United States, and even some area colleges have eSports teams and a few have gone as far as offering scholarships. Time can only tell if and when MCHS will start an eSports club, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let your voice on the matter be heard. Do you support the idea of an MCHS eSports club? Vote below and leave a comment.
Time can only tell if and when MCHS will start an eSports club, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let your voice on the matter be heard right now. Do you support the idea of an MCHS eSports club? Vote below on our Twitter poll and leave a comment.