NASEF Student Members to Receive Free Esports Coaching from Cloud9 Training Grounds

Partnership between North America Scholastic Esports Federation and Cloud9 helps student players improve game and life skills through free esports coaching; kick-off Masterclass in Rocket League to be held October 18 in NASEF’s Discord

(Atlanta, GA – October 14, 2021) – NASEF (North America Scholastic Esports Federation) and Cloud9 Training Grounds are partnering to offer free coaching by top-ranked players and leaders to student esports players through online monthly masterclasses. Students playing popular esports games like Rocket League, Valorant, and League of Legends will learn specific strategies to improve their gameplay, coupled with a foundation in social-emotional development that will benefit all aspects of their lives.

NASEF’s scholastic esports programs leverage massive youth interest in esports for meaningful education that blends play and learning. Cloud9 is one of the world’s premier esports organizations with more than a dozen championship titles in the most popular games. Cloud9 focuses on performance driven by hard work, commitment, wellness, and love of the game.

Through this partnership, Cloud9 will offer free monthly C9 Training Grounds Masterclasses for NASEF member high schools. The first Masterclass will focus on Rocket League. It will be held on October 18th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. NASEF members can join through the NASEF Community Discord.

Cloud9 will also be offering discounted seasonal training camps to all NASEF high school esports club and team members. Participating teams will receive instruction from top-ranked players, practice, and coaching from esports experts and Cloud9’s Training Grounds staff for 4-6 hours/week after school over 6 weeks. Team general managers will also receive professional development on esports team coaching. Applications are open for Winter training camps. Apply now at http://c9.gg/hstrainingcamps; deadline is November 18th.

"We're honored and excited to partner with NASEF in supporting high school esports programs around the world,” said Samir Bolar, Executive Director, Cloud9 Training Grounds. “Cloud9 shares NASEF's commitment to providing equitable access to STEM-based learning opportunities that improve students' critical thinking and social-emotional development. Together, we hope to produce a new generation of gamers who show up as leaders on and off the playing field." 

Gerald Solomon, founder and executive director of NASEF, said, “UC Irvine research proves the importance of a coach and near-peer mentor as a mechanism of change in shaping youth behavior and learning. Cloud9 is an organization devoted not just to winning but to helping people unlock their best selves. We’re excited to partner with Cloud 9’s Training Grounds to offer this valuable input to our member students for free.”

About Cloud9 Training Grounds

Training Grounds is Cloud9’s premier Esports player development program. Training Grounds aspires to develop the modern gamer and build a more inclusive gaming community by focusing on community building, leadership, and game specific strategy. Training Grounds offers a comprehensive set of coach-led league play and training experiences for young gamers to level up their play on select team based Esports game titles. Every training incorporates the TG Way, the six core values we expect all elite gamers to demonstrate on and off the playing field. See https://traininggrounds.gg/

About NASEF

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire STEM/STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. NASEF and its partner HSEL are collaborating to create the leading global esports marketplace and community for play and learning. Find NASEF at NASEF.org and on TwitchTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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Media Contacts: 

Claire LaBeaux, claire@nasef.org

Samir Bolar, samir@cloud9.gg