Lakeland University has joined the eSports world. The university has added eSports to its varsity athletic program. It also named former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green as its eSports Head Coach. Green, the Packers all-time leading rusher, played 12 seasons in the NFL including two stints with the Packers. Green has always been a gamer and after retiring from football in 2009, his interest in eSports grew.
“I’ve been watching it, following it for about 7-8 years and prior to that just being a gamer, myself reading magazines, reading articles where everything has been going,” Green said. “It’s always been underground tournaments. When I was a college student at the University of Nebraska, my teammates. I’m running to Blockbuster video to go rent a copy of Madden 1995 so we can play in a tournament in my dorm room so it’s always been there.” Lakeland University will have a co-ed team and will be a part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) along with 150+ other colleges nationwide.
“The great beauty about eSports is that it involves everyone and everybody. There’s no exclusion from it. Man, woman. White, black, Asian. It doesn’t matter. You are a part of it. You are a team,” Green said on Wednesday. “That’s the part I love about it I could be at E3. I could be at Comic Con and I run into somebody and their face just lights up when they recognize who I am. And their face just goes like, why are you here. I’m a dork just like you.”
Lakeland University currently has an eSports club with more than 30 student members which helped fuel the interest in starting a varsity team.”Many people say that eSports is not a sport. (Ahman Green) sees it as a sport and I do too. I wrote a whole paper on it and for him to identify as a gamer, it makes me feel more comfortable. It makes you more accepted,” Lakeland sophomore Robert Xion[…]
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