SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights made history this past year by becoming the first varsity esports team in the county.
The all-girls school in Shaker Heights started the program last year, playing computer-based games under the leadership of Coach J Collins.
Collins has been an advocate of video games since the Obama administration and worked with the U.S. Department of Education to explore the benefits of gaming in a classroom setting.
“Good, I am a girl - and I play well,” Kaila Morris said confidently.
They had a smiles on their faces, all while fighting the stigma that women don’t play video games.
That stereotype is wildly inaccurate, in fact according to the Entertainment Software Association, 48 percent of gamers are women.
For the group of ten students, the story was no different.
The girls played three computer games throughout the school year:
- Rocket League, a vehicular soccer game
- Hearthstone, a virtual card game
- Heroes of the Storm, a multiplayer online battle arena video game
While being apart of history is cool for the students the main thing they cared about was having fun.
Throughout the school year they participated in tournaments at libraries against other club teams for an 8-10 week season.