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Tallmadge esports club to start in the fall

In April, Tallmadge High School sophomore Sam Ruby jokingly suggested to his physical education teacher Collin Epstein that they should…

By Staff , in Video Marketing , at June 3, 2021


Mackenzie McLain, 15, right, and her brother Connor, 12, play a video game at their home Wednesday June 2, 2021 in Tallmadge, Ohio. Mackenzie is one of 90 students who will join an esports club at Tallmadge High School.
Mackenzie McLain, 15, plays a video game at her home Wednesday June 2, 2021 in Tallmadge, Ohio. Mackenzie is one of 90 students who will join an esports club at Tallmadge High School.
Mackenzie McLain, 15, right, and her brother Connor, 12, play a video game at their home Wednesday June 2, 2021 in Tallmadge, Ohio. Mackenzie is one of 90 students who will join an esports club at Tallmadge High School.

In April, Tallmadge High School sophomore Sam Ruby jokingly suggested to his physical education teacher Collin Epstein that they should have an Esports league. 

About a month later, the new club received unanimous approval from the board of education and could start competing as early as this fall. Nearly 90 high school students have already expressed interest in joining the club, and there are talks of extending the club to eighth graders in the STEM program.

“I’m really excited,” Ruby said. “I’m really interested in the tournaments and competition and also the community we’ll build. I’ll get to introduce people to different games, and possibly get introduced to different games myself and hopefully making lots of friends.” 

Esports, or electronic sports, is competitive, organized video gaming that has been increasing in popularity locally and across the country. Nearby, Stow-Munroe Falls, Akron Public Schools, Barberton and Medina already have clubs, and at the collegiate level, all 12 MAC schools and Ohio State University have teams as well. 



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