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CSL Esports, operators of the nation’s largest collegiate esports league, today announced a partnership with the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship to expand its scholastic curriculum. During a new virtual esports summer camp program that CSL Esports is hosting in partnership with Learn2Esport, CSL Esports and the Singleton Foundation will debut Venture Valley, the Foundation’s new multiplayer business-building game where players pit their business savvy against friends and competitors.
“Education is a core component of CSL Esports,” said Rob Johnson, CEO, CSL Esports. “We engage young students to pique intellectual curiosity that could lead to opportunities in higher education, meaningful careers, and success in life.”
“Financial literacy is more important than ever,” added Johnson. “The concepts students will experience in Venture Valley can be utilized to augment business, finance, and economics curriculums.”
As part of the relationship with The Singleton Foundation, CSL will also incorporate Venture Valley into CSL Esports leagues, tournaments and original broadcast content.
“Business lessons gained through esports can truly begin at a young age,” said Johnson. “We look for meaningful partnerships to further expand into the gamification of curriculum in any discipline, and we are extremely excited about the concepts that Venture Valley offers to students.”
“The Singleton Foundation’s mission is inspiring entrepreneurship and making financial competence fun, engaging and accessible to all. CSL Esports summer camps get us closer to achieving that goal. We see tremendous value in engaging with young people through games like Venture Valley that help players gain real-world understanding and skills,” said Shelley Miles, CEO of The Singleton Foundation. “Venture Valley shows players how to manage businesses, be their own boss, gain an entrepreneurial mindset, and better understand business financial concepts, all while having a great time. We’re proud of our partnership with CSL Esports who, like us, want to help inspire young people through gaming for good.”
CSL ESPORTS SUMMER PROGRAM
CSL Esports is dividing its summer programming into seven one-week long online Summer Camps for middle school and early high school-aged students, and seven one-week long online Summer Combines for high school-aged students looking to reach the next level of serious competition. The camps and combines will feature six game titles; Venture Valley, Rocket League, League of Legends, League of Legends – Wild Rift (Mobile Game), NBA2K, Madden NFL21 and FIFA21.
At the CSL Esports Summer Camps, participants will focus on team-building, sportsmanship and will inherently be learning 21st-century skills.
At the summer Combines, CSL Esports & Learn2Esport will evaluate participants, and through a match-making system, pair competitors with others in the same skill set to ensure proper development and advancement.
Each available program will allow approximately 10-15 participants per program. Each session will run for five days, (Monday through Friday) and will last approximately two-and-a-half hours each day with sessions starting Mid-June and running through Mid-August.
“Each daily session is timed to be no more than three hours to encourage participants to also remain active and healthy throughout the day,” added Johnson.
All attendees at both the summer camps and combines will be eligible to participate in a free, end-of-summer online CSL Esports-hosted tournament.
Registration is now open here. The cost ranges depending on which game title and whether the attendee is participating in a Summer Camp or Combine. Prices start at $300/week for each session.
Learn2Esport was founded by esports (and traditional sports) veterans in 2016 who champion learning with esports in a formal educational setting. Since its launch, the company has been supporting the structured, educational needs of students in Sweden, countries across the EU and UK.
Working in close collaboration with researchers, educators, coaches, analysts, and professional players, Learn2Esport creates educational and gaming content - from critical thinking to collaboration, from job skills in esports to lessons on entrepreneurship and creativity - delivered by proprietary technological products that provide the best formal and informal educational experiences.
From critical thinking to collaboration, from job skills in esports to lessons on entrepreneurship and creativity – Learn2Esport is fueled by its passion to deliver the best possible formal and informal educational experiences through its technological products and educational content.
About The Singleton Foundation/Venture Valley
The Venture Valley game is a project of The Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, a non-profit with the mission of making financial competence fun and engaging for everyone by using the power of entertainment to capture attention, create change, promote entrepreneurship, and to inspire individual achievement. Venture Valley is a free, esports-style, multiplayer PC and mobile game that lets players pit their business savvy against friends and competitors. The game promotes entrepreneurship to inspire individual achievement as users gain skills through play that will also benefit them in their own lives. https://singletonfoundation.org/
About CSL Esports
CSL Esports provides turnkey solutions for schools and students to compete and learn valuable skills in the rapidly expanding esports industry. Since 2009 CSL Esports has been one of North America’s largest collegiate esports business with hundreds of participating schools, providing over $1 million in scholarships and partnering with over 1,800 educational institutions under its premier tournament series, Collegiate StarLeague. www.cslesports.com
CSL Esports is part of Playfly Sports, the full-service, leading sports marketing and media company that enables brands to engage with sports fans on a local, regional, and national level through scaled linear, digital, and experiential assets. Playfly Sports drives outcome-based solutions into 90-million households via more than 7,800 live U.S. broadcasts of MLB, NBA, and NHL games; and influences sports fans of all ages through the management of college multimedia rights, uniform branding, and high-profile sports sponsorship platforms. The company introduces high school and college students to career development opportunities in esports through CSL Esports, operators of North America’s largest college esports league. Playfly Sports has the unique ability to partner, innovate, and advance the aspirations of athletes, brands, academic institutions, and sports fans across the U.S. Playfly Sports is Powered by Partnership. Visit Playfly Sports online at playfly.com and follow Playfly Sports on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook: @PlayflySports.
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