SC4 among first community colleges nationwide to launch Esports athletic offering

St. Clair County Community College is again building upon its strong reputation in collegiate sports with the launch of an Esports athletic offering. The college is among the first 50 of 520 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member institutions nationwide to field a team, according to a recent article by The Esports Observer.

NJCAA announced last month a plan to create NJCAA Esports, a new association that will “provide two-year colleges with governance, competition and official national championships while also providing guidance and positive development for two-year colleges to build and operate esports programs.”

SC4’s Esports team will compete in this association beginning in January 2020, with competitions played in the college’s Fine Arts Building and theatre. Games played will include Rocket League (PC), Madden Fall 2019 (PS4) and Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo Switch).

“The Esports industry is growing at a rapid pace,” said SC4 Athletics Director Dale Vos. “Fielding a team allows SC4 to lead the way in providing innovative and in-demand opportunities for current and future students as well as our broader community.”

Esports brings collegiate sports teams at SC4 to 14, joining teams in cross country, basketball, bowling, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, soccer and wrestling.

Those interested in joining the Esports team should contact the Athletics Department at athletics@sc4.edu or 810-989-5670. Those interested in coaching Esports at SC4 can apply for the position online or contact the Department of Human Resources at 810-989-5534.

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