Cape Central Junior High Students enter national league for E-Sports league

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Central Junior High School (CJHS) held an E-Sports tournament Thursday.

Thirty-two E-Sports teams from around the country are registered in the national league for the dodgeball video game “Knockout.” For CJHS, both Team 1 and Team 2 made it to the finals.

The unique sport began four years ago when Mr. Matt Miller, Art teacher and E-Sports coach, invited the students to play video games in his classroom.

He wanted the students to build relationships and find more joy in coming to school.

The students loved this idea. Miller created a team with several other Junior High teachers. He explained how these students have been impacted by this new opportunity.

“It gives kids a place and a voice that didn’t really have one you know we’re not like we talked about where we’re not stealing from our football program or baseball program it’s kids that didn’t have that spot in school or connection and now, now they do,” said Miller.

Team 1 finished with second place overall and Team 2 finished with third place overall.

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