GCISD Esports Teams Win Historic Titles
Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School made history recently when each had an esports team win an inaugural Texas State Championship. The Panthers won the first League of Legends title, and the Mustangs won the first Rocket League championship.
The two teams competed throughout the fall against other Texas high school esports teams via PlayVS, the official esports partner of the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations). The teams will begin their Spring season in the coming weeks.
The GCISD Esports program was established in 2018 with over 75 student competing in the first year. Since that time, the growth of the program has doubled in students wanting to participate as well as campus locations.
Esports is a way to expand the opportunity for extracurricular activity to all students within GCISD. In its first year alone, the program discovered 70 percent of its students did not participate in any other campus activity.
The power of esports and the GCISD program goes beyond just the games. The program is one that is preparing students for a growing industry as well as focusing on skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.