PROVIDENCE, RI –Since its resurrection of varsity athletics in the mid 90's, Johnson & Wales University has continued to increase opportunities for student-athlete participation. The Wildcats are furthering that expansion with the addition of eSports.
Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of Athletics, Mel Graf has announced the addition of eSports as a club team starting in the fall of 2019. The university is working to covert a current space into an eSports arena, featuring state of the art gaming systems, chairs, and graphics, while also hiring its first team coach. Recruiting for the team will begin as soon as the coach is hired.
Johnson & Wales is the first school in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference to add eSports as a competitive club and one of the first in the New England region. The goal is to recruit 20-30 new student-athletes for the inaugural team. The Wildcats will begin play in such games as League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.
For more information, please reach out to Aaron Colaiacomo (Aaron.Colaiacomo@jwu.edu)