As a teenager, I enjoyed my fair share of video games. Following two major car accidents, and a shattered friendship, I found myself playing video games mostly alone. However, I soon began making new friends, using my love of video games as a vehicle. That was when I realized that many of us played the same multiplayer games at the same school, but we did it alone.
I decided at that moment, that I wanted to start an esports team at my high school. I created a petition, signed by nearly 20 students, that I brought directly to the school principal. I found a teacher that agreed to take on a coaching role. Unfortunately, when I presented the idea to the school board, they rejected my proposal. Disheartened, but not defeated, I founded my own esports organization with my classmates and friends which has since expanded to be a multi-team, international organization I still manage today.
I tried out, and made Iowa State’s Overwatch Varsity team in January 2020, only to also begin managing the Iowa State Overwatch teams in August 2020. We have since seen success in many international competitions, including Tespa, where we placed in the top 20 teams overall.