Generation Esports (GenE), the founder of the High School Esports League (HSEL) and Middle School Esports League (MSEL), has partnered with Missouri-based esports organisation Kansas City Pioneers.
The partnership seeks to make esports accessible to local underprivileged communities and Title One schools across the state of Missouri.
The deal reportedly includes the KC Pioneers’s partnerships with the Mayor’s office, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
Mason Mullenioux, Generation Esports CEO, spoke on the announcement in a release: “The Kansas City Pioneers is the prime example of the kind of organisations we want to partner with at the local level — not only are they hyper-competitive esports teams, but they also care deeply about their community and making a difference.
“Esports brings kids together who might not otherwise have the chance to be a part of a broader community. We are impressed by the progressive understanding shared by KC Pioneers, the city of Kansas City and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City that esports needs to be accessible to anyone and everyone who want to participate.”
According to the release, the collaboration emphasises the team’s commitment to educate and unify underserved communities through esports.
The partnership is set to commence with a live Among Us Twitch stream featuring several notable guests. This includes the Mayor of Kansas City Quinton Lucas, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Dred Scott, Shanghai Sharks basketball player Marcus Denmon, Director of Programs and Partnerships at General Esports Nehemiah Odior and local members of the Boys & Girls Club.
The broadcast is scheduled for August 14th on KC Pioneers’s Twitch channel.
Mark Josey, Kansas City Pioneers CEO, commented: “We look forward to building a partnership with Generation Esports. Gaming is changing the fabric of our culture, and our goal is to help kids understand that esports is a viable career path, whether it’s becoming a pro gamer, content creator, designer, game developer, tournament organiser, or another opportunity that matches their skillset.
“The opportunity to work with Generation Esports to reach and impact thousands of high school and college students in building communities and tournaments while engaging directly is exactly where we want to align. We want to make sure that simply having access to esports isn’t a barrier to entry.”
Esports Insider says: Growing esports within underprivileged communities is an admirable goal that’s aligned with Generation Esports’s aspiration to make esports more accessible and legitimise it as a varsity-level sport. The organisation has allegedly donated $500,000 (~£362,354) in scholarships across the country for esports related programmes, advocating for youth access to esports.