When the pandemic hit us all in March of 2020, all our E-Sports programs came to a quick halt. For all of us at E-Sports, we quickly began missing each other and all of the “E-Sports family” – the kids, families, coaches, coordinators and everyone involved! And since then we have missed the regular interaction, coaching, and relationships that we have all enjoyed weekly on soccer fields, basketball courts, karate dojos, and dance studios for many years. It’s been an experience foreign to all of us.
However, we are so grateful to the incredible coaches we have who pivoted quickly and courageously to create online E-Sports offerings. By April 2020 we had weekly Facebook Live and Instagram Live “Backyard E-Soccer” sessions going every Saturday morning. In the following months, our USF E-Hoops coaches started weekly “Hoopin’ at Home” series, that eventually grew into a partnership with the USF Dons men’s and women’s basketball players joining in with weekly skills and drills videos to inspire the kids! Before we knew it, E-Karate and E-Dance were doing weekly Zoom sessions online for their families and kids. Currently we are nearing the end of our winter/spring 2021 Zoom E-Soccer season in April.
It’s been an incredible ride with all of you who have participated or helped in some way with our online, virtual efforts over the last year – learning together, creating and innovating together, and supporting and encouraging each other to get to the present. And I believe I speak for all of us when I say we are beyond ready to get back to seeing each other again “on the field”!
Though we don’t have all the specifics mapped out yet, we are targeting the early part of the summer (beginning of July) as a start date for our outdoor E-Sports programs. Only E-Sports coaches and coordinators who are fully vaccinated will be working with the kids and families as we start back in person, and we will be enforcing masking and distancing protocols closely to make sure it’s a safe environment for all the kids, coaches, and families.
Stay tuned for more – the coordinators for our local E-Sports programs will be emailing all enrolled participants/families with more info and “summer season specifics” as we move into May.