Another first has occurred in eSports.
Stephens College, based in Columbia, MO, announced that it has launched “the first varsity collegiate all-women’s esports team.”
The Stephens website, which claims the motto “Dream Up,” writes: “We believe women should have the same opportunities as men to succeed in this emerging business. Stephens’ mission across all our programs has been to ensure women have a seat at any table. Getting involved in esports is part of that long-standing tradition, and aligns with our mission to promote teamwork, communication skills, as well as more interest in the science and technology fields for women.”
Scholarships will be available to eligible candidates.
ESPN.com reports that “the Stars will field an Overwatch team starting in Fall 2017 that will compete in the Tespa series.”
The site reports that Stephens College president Dianne Lynch said: “Our mission is to ensure that women can succeed and can make choices about anything they do in any environment and in any profession. That’s our mission. So why would we not do it in esports?”
Lynch continued: “This is just an extension of what it means to be an athlete. Athletics has certain characteristics and certain qualities that enrich an athlete’s life. There are multiple kinds of athletics, and this is just a new kind. It’s different, and it looks different, and it feels different, but it is, as you know, one of the most rapidly growing industries and athletic events in the world.”
Stephens College advises to “contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the recruitment and admissions process or contact the Office of Admissions at (573) 876-7207.”