Berrien RESA, Lake Michigan College Holds Esports Event

BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (WNDU) — High school students interested in esports had a unique opportunity to see how the activity works at a Lake Michigan College event.

On Tuesday, LMC’s Esports team joined the Berrien RESA Southwest Michigan Esports League for an open house on the campus of Benton Harbor University.

Students had the chance to play Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. and use virtual reality headsets for sports, such as boxing.

The organizers said one of the goals of the event is to change people’s perception of esports and esports athletes.

“Stereotypical esports athlete by the definition of humans is someone who drinks Mountain Dew and eats Snickers bar in the basement of their parents’ house. The reality is you have professional gamers watching their diet, their stretching, they work with occupational therapists, they have physical therapists – all these things are holistic because a good body, a good mind. Your mind makes so many decisions every day during esports that you need to be aware of your game,” explains John Phillips, technology consultant for Berrien RESA.

Phillips added that colleges and universities are now offering $15 million in esports scholarships.

For more information on Berrien RESA’s Esports League, click here or call 269-471-7725.

For information on LMC Esports, contact Kyle Kelly at 269-927-4568 or email him at [email protected]

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