May June 2024 - A2

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
Unlocking the Power of Esports
Jon Chapman, CEO of PlayVS
Like many of you
reading this, there
was a time when I
had little familiarity
or understanding of
esports. I had heard of
the common negative
stereotypes around
video games, including
that it's isolating,
purely recreational, and aimlessly focused. After
learning more about esports, I realized that these
notions could not be farther from the truth. Esports
emulates the qualities we all want to see in a sport,
it is organized - structured, team-based, and
leads to significant character development. After
seeing the incredible work that PlayVS was doing
to engage high schools across the country, I was
sold on the power and future that esports would
have in scholastics. I firmly believe that esports are
more than just a form of entertainment - they're a
platform for personal and educational growth.
Education and participation in sports have been
extremely formative influences in my life. I grew up
in rural Massachusetts as the son of public servants
who committed their careers and lives to education
and social work. At an early age, I learned the
critical importance of our education system and the
passionate teachers, administrators, and coaches.
I also experienced the pride of representing my
schools - from elementary school through college
- on the basketball court and across various other
team sports. Through all of these experiences, I
gained immense respect and appreciation for the
value of working hard in and outside the classroom,
setting ambitious goals, collaborating as a team,
and learning so many life lessons from both
successes and setbacks.
Making the choice to adopt esports as part of your
sports and activity offerings means opening up
the possibility of not only growing your student
participation but also effecting tangible changes
within those students. Esports are uniquely
accessible in that they are co-ed and don't require
specific physical attributes to be successful. In a
recent survey of our coaching community about
their players, 90% saw improvements in socializing,
85% witnessed increased communication skills,
and 83% noticed the development of leadership
skills. Additionally, esports can engage a
population of your schools that are not interested
in other sports or activities on campus. 45% of our
player community notes that esports was the first
extracurricular activity they ever participated in.
Since PlayVS' founding in 2018, we have been able
to offer the highest tier of scholastic competition
and play to thousands of high schools on our
world-renowned platform and be recognized
by the NFHS Network and state associations
across the country as a fully sanctioned sport or
activity. When I came on as CEO of PlayVS last
year, I made the decision to make esports even
more equitable, by removing all competition
fees from our platform. We made this important
step in an effort to reduce barriers for students
everywhere, regardless of socioeconomic status
or resources, and to drive yet further adoption
of scholastic esports. There is incredible energy
and commitment in our collective community that
makes it very clear why esports is the fastestgrowing
sport in the world today.
In this Special Report on Esports, coaches, fellow
athletic directors, and athletic administrators
discuss why they chose to adopt scholastic esports,
and the benefits they have witnessed from their
students. I hope this inspires you to broaden your
thinking on what an organized sport can be and
consider esports for your program. We would love
to be your esports partner in bringing this amazing
opportunity to your school.
A2 | PlayVS Esports InFocus

May June 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of May June 2024

Between The Lines
A.D.ministration
CSCCa Strength Focus
2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
Facility Focus
2024 Tech Guide
Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
Product Focus
Product Marketplace
Ad Index
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May June 2024 - Between The Lines
May June 2024 - 5
May June 2024 - A.D.ministration
May June 2024 - 7
May June 2024 - 8
May June 2024 - 9
May June 2024 - CSCCa Strength Focus
May June 2024 - 11
May June 2024 - 2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
May June 2024 - 13
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May June 2024 - Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
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May June 2024 - Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
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May June 2024 - Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
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May June 2024 - On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
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May June 2024 - Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
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May June 2024 - Facility Focus
May June 2024 - 35
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May June 2024 - 2024 Tech Guide
May June 2024 - Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
May June 2024 - 39
May June 2024 - Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
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May June 2024 - Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
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May June 2024 - Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
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May June 2024 - Product Focus
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May June 2024 - Product Marketplace
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May June 2024 - Ad Index
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