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Benefits of Esports

Studies have shown that esports provides many of the same benefits of grass sports, minus the physical exertion. There is teamwork, communication, strategy, and sportsmanship learned through participating in organized esports. For our players, the addition of a digital esports league can only help them further develop the cognitive understanding we currently pursue during their play on the grass.

Cognitive & Social Development

  • Improved hand-eye coordination

  • Improved attention & visual acuity

  • Improved basic visual processing and executive function

  • Problem solving & strategy skill development

  • 71% of parent report gaming having net positive effects for children

  • Boosts self-confidence and player socialization

  • 54% of gamers say gaming helps them connect with friends

Collegiate Scholarships

Over 280 colleges today feature esports scholarship programs. These programs operate similarly to traditional programs, and sometimes operate out of the college’s athletic department.

The total number of grass soccer scholarships is limited, so leaning into esports for many players may become a realistic opportunity to gain valuable scholarships for college. All players who participate in our leagues will have the option to be placed in a national scouting directory for esports scholarships to help them get discovered.

Academic Excellence

Players who participate in esports programs are found to have a higher interest in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) subjects, and have strong average GPAs. Esports helps them engage with their fellow students and their school’s administrators. 

Problem Solving Skills

Research shows that children that play videos games have a far much better chance of navigating through complex psychological issues compared to those that do not actively participate in video games.

Future Job Market

Playing video games can make students keener and more employable across a wider spectrum of careers including medical field, engineering, remote flying, computer sciences, and etc.

Strategic Thinking

Esports can boost children strategic thinking, teamwork, communication, leadership, performance skills and confidence building.


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