Thomas More University will offer an esports in Saints intercollegiate athletics program in the coming year
Thomas More University will launch esports, which joins the Saints’ intercollegiate athletics programs in the 2022-23 academic year.
The program will be part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).
Esports encompasses competitive and organized video games, which have emerged in recent years as one of the fastest growing business ecosystems in the world. While professional esports leagues have been popular for several years, the collegiate space is emerging as a dynamic new platform for gamers. Thomas More esports athletes will put their strategy skills to good use as they compete in games such as League of Nations, Rocket League, and Super Smash Brothers.
“The introduction of esports adds a new dimension to the student experience as we seek to offer sport that is closely tied to technology,” said Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP. D.
“The addition of esports allows the University to provide an exciting new opportunity for our students who wish to compete outside of traditional sports. As gaming technology continues to evolve, this experience will allow our students to develop new skills and the ability to integrate their liberal arts education into the professional opportunities that exist today and those that have yet to were created.
Thomas More expects the inaugural year of the program to attract 15 to 25 students, with potential for growth to around 50 participants.
These student-athletes will compete against other colleges and universities as part of an intercollegiate esports team, while receiving a high-quality liberal arts education.
Thomas More Athletic Director Terry Connor is excited to add esports to the university’s roster of athletic programs: “I’m thrilled to see Thomas More expanding its athletic offerings and giving even more students the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate sports by introducing the esports program. .” Currently, more than 700 Thomas More students participate in over 28 college athletic programs.