SUNY Canton offering summer esports day camps for middle, high-school students
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:12 am

Students will get to play in SUNY Canton's state-of-the art Esports Arena during a series of college summer camps. Photo submitted by SUNY Canton.

CANTON -- SUNY Canton will host its inaugural series of summer esports day camps for middle and high-school students.

"Our camps will focus on developing skills and game strategies while promoting leadership, teamwork and communication," said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. "Students who attend the camps will compete in one of the premier collegiate eSports facilities in the nation, and they'll be using the best gaming computers and network capabilities available

Students will work directly with the college's professional coaching staff and members of the championship-winning teams in Blizzard's "Overwatch" and Epic Games' "Fortnite."

"The camps will provide students an experience similar to being a collegiate esports varsity competitor in a fun environment." said Esports Coordinator Charles W. Murray, who is also the college's Overwatch coach. "Our skills and drills practices combined with our daily competitions will create an exciting experience that will assist our young gamers in improving their abilities as well as interactions with others."

Camps run beginning at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays beginning on July 8 in the SUNY Canton Esports Arena.

Students will be playing on the same state-of-the art Alienware computers and ergonomic peripherals used during collegiate matches.

The complete schedule for camp sessions is:

• Session 1 is for students entering grade 9 and up will run from July 8 to 12.

• Session 2 is for gamers entering grade 6 through 9 and will run July 15 to 19.

• Session 3 is also for students entering grade 6 through 9 and will run from Aug. 12 to 16.

• Session 4 is for gamers entering grade 9 and up and will run from Aug. 19 to 23.

The cost is $350 per student with reduced group rates available for three or more students. Lunch will be served each day and the camps conclude with an awards ceremony.

To sign up and for payment details, visit www.canton.edu/esports/registration.html.

For more information, email Murray [email protected].