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eSports in the College Setting
November 20, 2019 7:00 pm
November 20, 2019 9:00 pm
November 13, 2019
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room

The Sport Management and Recreation Graduate Program presents a forum on
eSports in the College Setting

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room (B), Flynn Campus Union

Join us for a discussion on eSports, a fast-growing phenomenon in the world of competitive video gaming, and how it is impacting college academics, athletics, and recreation. Our panelists will talk about how eSports can be integrated into the college setting. They also will explore what other colleges, universities, and schools have done to help grow and learn about this emerging market, which is set to surpass all professional sports in viewership by 2021. Panelists also will look at whether there is a place for eSports at Springfield College and how it would work here. A brief question-and-answer period will conclude the panel discussion.


Rich Linley
A Springfield College Sport Management student, Linley has competed in eSports events over the past five years. He is creating his own eSports community using his Livestream on Twitch.

Kyle Magoffin
An administrator and coach at Mahar Regional High School in Orange, Mass., Magoffin is the school physical education chair and coach of the Mahar Disruptors, the first state-sanctioned high school eSports team in western Massachusetts.

Alan Ritacco
Ritacco is dean of the School of Design and Technology at Becker College in Worcester, Mass.
Becker College is one of the first colleges to implement academic programming for an
eSports-related major and club sports team.

Ariel Rodriguez, PhD
Rodriguez is associate professor and program director of recreation management at Springfield College. As an active member in the gaming community, Rodriguez will provide expertise about eSport and the recreation field.

For more information, contact Anna Woosley at awoosley@springfield.edu.

Special thank you to the Sport Management Club for sponsoring the event.

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