406 – The How & Why of Running Esports at Your Agency
Maureen McCarthy, Superintendent of Recreation, Park District of Oak Park; Joe Lilly, Program Supervisor, Park District of Oak Park; Keith Blomberg, Recreation Supervisor, New Lenox Community Park District; Neelay Bhatt, Vice President and Principal, PROS Consulting; Omar Sandoval, Director of Information Technology, Naperville Park District
Esports is the fastest-growing genre in the sports world. It's target audience is teens and young adults. Which is a demographic that many agencies struggle to serve. A National Alliance Youth Sports Poll shows that 70% of children stop playing sports by age 13 and 90% of youth ages 12 - 17 report playing video games. Esports is being introduced as a High School sport and many colleges offer Esports teams. How can your agency find a way to engage this demographic in this activity. Listen to how local agencies have found a way to launch esports to their residents.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of how to launch an Esports program for your agency.
- Build a network of fellow recreation providers who are interested in participating in Esports with their teens and young adults.