NBA G League team College Park Skyhawks and Hawks Talon Gaming of the NBA 2K League have signed a partnership with the University of West Georgia (UWG).
The two teams will work with the UWG students on educational experiences in sports and esports. The partnership will include events and initiatives that give UWG students the opportunity to pursue either traditional sports or an esports path during their studies. Both teams are affiliates of the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks.
As a part of the agreement, the Skyhawks will host a ‘University of West Georgia Day’ in March where students will have the opportunity to talk to executives from Hawks Galon Gaming, Atlanta Hawks, and other Hawks teams.
Janice Koon, Vice President of Operations for College Park Skyhawks and Hawks Talon Gaming, said: “We are so excited to help educate the future generations about ways that they can have a career in sports and esports. To peel back the curtain and help mould the next generation of industry professionals and leaders is something we are excited to get started on.”
In addition to events, activations, and presentations, UWG students will also get the opportunity to enrol in internships with the Hawks Talon and Skyhawks. The students will be able to learn about esports and business directly from the organisation’s executives and develop career skills.
Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, president of UWG, added: “This partnership with the College Park Skyhawks and Hawks Talon Gaming exemplifies UWG’s commitment to curating a first-choice university for our students with distinctive, world-class experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We look forward to our students having a front-row seat to learn from two of the most sophisticated enterprises in the Atlanta metropolitan area.”
Esports Insider says: It’s a great idea to connect affiliate teams to a university because the students are very much desired both by sports and esports teams. By having an opportunity to work with the Hawks Talon Gaming, UWG students will experience esports on a professional level early in their careers.