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The High School Esports League is coming north of the border.
Founded five years ago in Kansas City, the HSEL has rapidly expanded to include 1,000 partnered high schools across the United States.
BIG NEWS! We're going to the Great White North! Get ready Canada, we're bringing high school esports to you! @Victor_Lucas @headsupdailyTV @joshmcconnell @MarissaRoberto @stevetilley @techsoupcanada @canoetech @whatsyourtech @megashaun @writeandrepeat #gamers #esports #canada pic.twitter.com/HnFIi7vfFI— High School Esports League (@HSELesports) December 13, 2018
Now, Canadian esport athletes in high school will have a chance to show off their skills.
“Canada has a wonderful esports community, including some of the top professional players and collegiate teams in the world,” said Steve Jaworski, head of strategic partnerships at HSEL.
“We are proud and excited to create a grass roots competitive environment for Canada’s high school esports athletes to become better gamers and people.”
Not only does the HSEL give high school students a chance at esports glory and bragging rights, it also provides a number of scholarships.
Since 2016, more than $9 million has been doled out to students attending post-secondary institutions in the U.S.
Canadian universities like the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto already offer esports scholarships and several others are following suit.
“We put a tremendous amount of emphasis on education for these athletes,” said Jaworski.
“Like any other team sport, these students must maintain high averages in their studies and attend class to be able to compete. We have many testimonials from teachers remarking how much this has improved absenteeism and attitude.”
Students and teachers are encouraged to sign up their team on the HSEL website for the upcoming spring season.