09 Aug Coach Highlight: Kenzo Chua
E-Sports benefits thousands of children worldwide every weekend. However, we wouldn’t have nearly as much impact as a program without the service, sacrifice, and leadership of our volunteer coaches. These special individuals embody the heart of E-Sports by facilitating, leading, and exemplifying inclusion every time they step onto the field, court, studio, or dojo.
Kenzo Chua is a 21 year old full time student at San Jose State University currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Film. He has been volunteering at E-Sports for the past 6 years as a volunteer assistant coach and as a one-on-one coach at E-Soccer in Sunnyvale. Although Kenzo has experience working with kids of almost all ages in E-Sports, his typical role is coaching children ages 5 to 6. Kenzo also has significant experience leading various age groups at E-Sports. He is one of the first assistant coaches that the Sunnyvale E-Soccer group goes to when one particular group needs extra help or has a fewer number of coaches any given week. Kenzo is one of the most adaptable, fun, and energetic coaches across the entire E-Sports community! His ability to create an inclusive environment is elite even among the most experienced E-Sports coaches.
When asked about his favorite part about volunteering at E-Sports, he said, “Having fun with the kids. I remember when I was a kid, I didn’t really get to go outside the house too much, so seeing the kids play together is really cool and makes me feel happy.”
As an E-Sports coach, Kenzo has benefited and learned from the inclusive environments E-Sports provides just as much as the kids that participate. When asked what he has learned the most from volunteering at E-Sports, Kenzo expressed, “I have learned that there are actually very few differences between children with special needs and children without special needs. Both types of children have goals and a vision for how they want to grow and who they want to become. I feel like not enough people understand that because of the communication barrier. E-Sports also taught me how to give and not expect anything back and to genuinely serve the people around me.”
Kenzo is one of many coaches within the E-Sports community changing the world through inclusion. If you are interested in being a part of the E-Sports community or volunteering at any E-Sports session across the Bay Area, please apply today or contact us. Let us include you so that we can change the world together!