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News12 Features E-Sports and Leadership Summer Camp at St. Thomas Aquinas College

Jul 25, 2019

News12 Features E-Sports and Leadership Summer Camp at St. Thomas Aquinas College

As featured on News 12 Westchester by journalist Pete Ruf, twenty-five campers have taken to E-Sports at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. Campers have the opportunity to level up during the summer and play in the E-Sports facility using state-of-the-art gaming systems.

The E-Sports Summer and Leadership Camp launched this year and is hosted and directed by the STAC E-Sports Staff. The camp features popular games, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and NBA 2K. In groups of five with one coach per group, campers receive training in computer science, and practice additional techniques like on-screen skill-development, along with mind and body training. Campers also take classes where lessons and drills focus on team bonding, trusting fellow teammates, the power of positivity while gaming, and much more.

Assistant Director of Athletics, and Director of E-Sports, Matt Capell notes: “We’ve invested a lot of money into our E-Sports program over the last two years. We thought it was beneficial to the College to get kids in here and start playing our state-of-the-art gaming systems. We have kids from Maine, D.C., Massachusetts, and then most of the camp are from the Hudson Valley region.” 

One camper, Keith Happ explained in his interview: “So far I’ve learned how to play League of Legends, I’ve learned how to communicate as a team, as well as use life-skills and improve my skills overall in the game.” When Pete Ruf from News 12 Westchester asked Happ, “Is this something you’d like to do in college?” he replied, “This is definitely something I’d like to do in college. Not many colleges offer these types of programs or opportunities, so this is one of them I’m going to keep in mind.”

Tristan Holmgren, a 2013 graduate of STAC with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, directs all E-Sports programming for the College, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Madden, and NBA 2K teams. “It is not about the success you’ve had or the mistakes you’ve made,” says Holmgren, “it’s about the next thing you do. We can apply this to the E-Sports world by learning from the previous games we’ve played and using those results to help shape our next strategy and action.”

St. Thomas Aquinas College is the perfect place for all aspiring gamers, campers, and students alike to gain exposure to a break-through E-Sports program and facility.

‍To learn about this year’s camp schedule, facilities, and more, please visit the STAC Athletics E-Sports page.

Coach and students in STAC E-Sports facility.
Check out the News 12 Westchester feature story here.

As featured on News 12 Westchester by journalist Pete Ruf, twenty-five campers have taken to E-Sports at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. Campers have the opportunity to level up during the summer and play in the E-Sports facility using state-of-the-art gaming systems.

The E-Sports Summer and Leadership Camp launched this year and is hosted and directed by the STAC E-Sports Staff. The camp features popular games, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends, and NBA 2K. In groups of five with one coach per group, campers receive training in computer science, and practice additional techniques like on-screen skill-development, along with mind and body training. Campers also take classes where lessons and drills focus on team bonding, trusting fellow teammates, the power of positivity while gaming, and much more.

Assistant Director of Athletics, and Director of E-Sports, Matt Capell notes: “We’ve invested a lot of money into our E-Sports program over the last two years. We thought it was beneficial to the College to get kids in here and start playing our state-of-the-art gaming systems. We have kids from Maine, D.C., Massachusetts, and then most of the camp are from the Hudson Valley region.” 

One camper, Keith Happ explained in his interview: “So far I’ve learned how to play League of Legends, I’ve learned how to communicate as a team, as well as use life-skills and improve my skills overall in the game.” When Pete Ruf from News 12 Westchester asked Happ, “Is this something you’d like to do in college?” he replied, “This is definitely something I’d like to do in college. Not many colleges offer these types of programs or opportunities, so this is one of them I’m going to keep in mind.”

Tristan Holmgren, a 2013 graduate of STAC with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, directs all E-Sports programming for the College, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Madden, and NBA 2K teams. “It is not about the success you’ve had or the mistakes you’ve made,” says Holmgren, “it’s about the next thing you do. We can apply this to the E-Sports world by learning from the previous games we’ve played and using those results to help shape our next strategy and action.”

St. Thomas Aquinas College is the perfect place for all aspiring gamers, campers, and students alike to gain exposure to a break-through E-Sports program and facility.

‍To learn about this year’s camp schedule, facilities, and more, please visit the STAC Athletics E-Sports page.

For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.