Esports will serve as Lebanon Valley College’s 26th varsity intercollegiate athletic program and its first co-ed sport.
The Rise of the Digital Athlete
The fastest growing sport in the world has arrived at LVC. We launched the first varsity esports team in the state this spring and compete in Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch and Hearthstone, as well as Riot Games' League of Legends. Other competitions will be added in fall 2018. Compete and practice as a team using gaming-specific computer technology.
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You'll compete in the National Association of Collegiate Esports, the country's most prominent organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. You'll have a head coach, two assistant coaches, and director of esports to guide you throughout your student-athlete career, and you'll get advice on health and nutrition from our NCAA trainer.
Student-athletes will compete as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the country’s most prominent organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. In addition to a head coach and two assistant coaches, LVC gamers will be advised on health and nutrition, and compete and practice as a team using gaming-specific computer technology.
"Lebanon Valley College has announced its fifth new varsity sport in the past decade: esports. The Annville, Pennsylvania, school will become part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and compete in Overwatch, Hearthstone and League of Legends to start. LVC plans to begin competing in Spring 2018."
- LVC is one of only about 50 institutions in the U.S. that offer a varsity intercollegiate esports program, and one of only a handful in Pennsylvania.
- Spectators cheer on student-athletes at contests in a dedicated viewing center or watch live via online broadcast services.
- LVC’s varsity-level program is run as a partnership of the Athletic Department, Information Technology, student affairs, and academic affairs to ensure your all-around success.
- Valley esport student-athletes are provided with uniforms and equipment.
- Esports will have partnerships with new sponsors and creative technology companies to enable our student-athletes to compete at the highest level and excel in every competition.
- Did you know that the new Overwatch professional league has team owners who also run the New England Patriots (NFL), New York Mets (MLB), and Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)?
LVC signed with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), an organization that has about 50 colleges and universities participating in esports with varsity teams.
David Shapiro, the Director of Operations for the LVC eSports team explains, "We really want to make sure we're an academic institution at the end of the day. That's who we are, that's what we are known for, that's what we're great at. ESports are just one component of that and the scholarships would match that."