In September 2018, my school district approved the creation of my FH Knights esports team–the first middle school esports team in the country.

Over the last two years, I’ve learned a lot about running an esports team and the value of esports in education.

Esports is a great way to teach soft skills

Just like traditional sports, esports is a great way to help students develop soft skills. As students are playing, esports coaches can incorporate leadership, communication, and teamwork training right into practice.

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Teaching soft skills is just the beginning. The value of teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) through esports is proven, but it isn’t new. Mindfulness and SEL training are being done at the collegiate and pro level, so it is only natural that it is trickling down to the high school and middle school level.

About the Author:

Chris Aviles is a teacher at Knollwood Middle School in Fair Haven, New Jersey. There he runs the renowned Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015. Part of his FH Innovates program includes the FH Knights, the first middle school esports team in the country. As coach of the FH Knights, Aviles and his players take on all comers from around the country including other middle schools, high schools, and even colleges. Chris has been involved in esports since 1998 and he is passionate about growing the esportsedu movement. He has authored The Guide to Esports in Education and run a nonprofit, Garden State Esports, to help other educators start esports teams in their schools. You can keep up with Chris at his blog and @techedupteacher on social media.