Springfield Public Schools E-Sports

What are E-Sports?
The term "E-Sports" is used to describe competitive gaming. According to the Washington Post, the League of Legends Grand Finals in 2017 took in more viewers than all other major American sport's finals except the Super Bowl; more people watched the League of Legends Grand Finals than the World Series, the NBA Finals, or the Stanley Cup Finals. E-Sports are exploding in popularity. The Illinois High School E-Sports Association (IHSEA) is growing rapidly with over 70 schools in Illinois as members. Springfield High, Lanphier, and Southeast are now teaming up for one E-Sports team to represent the whole district.

Why are we fundraising?
Lanphier High School and Southeast High School have broken into the E-Sports scene. Both were represented at the Fortnite State Playoffs and Lanphier Freshman, Devione Brady, won the state title in Lanphier's first year as a team. Our school districts are Title I schools according to the U.S. Department of Education, meaning we have high numbers or high percentages of children that come from low-income families. Our district cannot afford to supplement the costs associated with starting an E-Sports team which include gaming computers, monitors, mice, keyboards, headsets, and jerseys.  We are raising money so that our kids can have the best experience possible, regardless of financial situations.

Why is it important to have E-Sports in District 186?
Scholarships for E-Sports are appearing all over the country. Many students from our school district who may otherwise be unable to afford college could do so because of a difference an E-Sports scholarship makes in their lives. Many students who compete in E-Sports would otherwise not compete on behalf of their school. It requires them to maintain eligibility, fosters school pride and self-discipline, and allows a place of belonging many schools do not offer yet. Southeast's T.J. Malensky accepted a scholarship to Robert Morris University in Chicago to major in business and be on the RMU-Chicago E-Sports team. Our teams are highly skilled and has great potential to earn many more scholarships and State Championships. We don't want a lack of funding to stop these kids from achieving their goals when their skill and dedication are plentiful.

Please consider making a donation to the Lanphier High School and Southeast High School joint E-Sports fund, allowing the students to take a talent they have and make something of it.

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  • Brenda Bucher 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Melissa Remolina 
    • $100 
    • 12 mos
  • Joey Crifasi 
    • $50 
    • 13 mos
  • Landon King 
    • $50 
    • 13 mos
  • Austin Clemons 
    • $10 
    • 14 mos
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Dalton McGhiey 
Springfield, IL
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