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For Immediate Release - (November 24th, 2020):

The Ohio Army National Guard is now a partner of Esports Ohio

ESPORTS OHIO, the premiere state-wide high school esports nonprofit organization in Ohio is proud to announce their partnership with the Ohio Army National Guard. This partnership will help support the over 130 current Esports Ohio high school member schools and over 2,600 student participants as well as all future school and student participants to compete this year completely FREE of charge!

With this partnership Esports Ohio and the Ohio Army National Guard will open up doors for students to have an opportunity to compete remotely and in person under the supervision of their school’s approved coach for the entire 2020-21 school year. With the uncertainty of schools reopening this fall, we are excited to be able offer these FREE competitive opportunities to all Ohio high school students.

Esports Ohio Fall will offer two seasons this school year with in person and remote play opportunities for all high schools across the state. The competition for each season will take place over a seven week period and school districts will have the opportunity to compete in seven different games leading into a finals tournament. Esports Ohio and member schools will be broadcasting live weekly competitions over the Esports Ohio Twitch Channel - https://www.twitch.tv/esports_ohio.

Find out more about the games played and the ability to register your high school at https://www.esportsohio.org/.

More about Esports Ohio - www.esportsohio.org

“Esports Ohio is a non-profit grass-roots organization developed by educators for Ohio students that utilizes esports as an educational change agent to currently serve over 150 member schools with over 2,600 active student participants,” said Nick Rider, Founder of Esports Ohio. "We here at Esports Ohio have a singular mission to empower students by providing educational institutions with the knowledge, direction, support and resources to implement, maintain, educate and compete in electronic sports.”

More about The Ohio Army National Guard - www.iguardohio.com

“We’re honored to partner with Esports Ohio this year, and look forward to helping Esports Ohio empower students to compete in the ever-growing field of esports,” said Command Sgt. Major Justin Sprankle, senior enlisted leader for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “The Ohio Guard is committed to serving our local communities, and providing opportunities to youth interested in military service.”

The Ohio Army National Guard is a reserve component of the U.S. Army, with Citizen-Soldiers who train at least one weekend a month and two weeks every summer. The Guard offers about 150 career fields at 44 unit locations across the state. When not training, our Soldiers enjoy civilian lifestyles, and stand ready to serve in response to state or national activations. Qualified Soldiers receive monthly paychecks, affordable health insurance, and exceptional education benefits, to include the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program which pays 100% tuition at state universities.