Davenport to add esports for 2019-20 season

Kent County

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Davenport University is adding esports to its athletic program for the 2019-20 season.

Davenport is the second school in Michigan to offer esports, and one of less than 120 in the U.S. and Canada.

“Esports is becoming more popular over recent years, and you do seem to see that a lot of them are part of athletic programs,” Davenport Athletic Director Paul Lowden said. “We’ve been a school that’s added a lot of sports in the last 15 years and this is a nice compliment to what our sport offerings are right now.”

The school didn’t specify what games esports team members will play, but said it is in the process of hiring a head coach and recruiting a team to play in the fall.

The governing body for college esports, the National Collegiate Board of Esports, is assisting in helping Davenport find a coach, Lowden said.

Davenport is planning to renovate a space within its student center to house a gaming facility for the team.

“We’re very excited,” Lowden said. “It’s not a traditional sport by any means, but we’re excited to have it and think it will be a great compliment to our academic programs from our technology, health and business, so we look forward to start recruiting.”

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