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What started as a K-12 level esports program at the Southern University Lab School (SU Lab) in the summer of 2019 launched into one of the most successful collegiate esports programs at Southern University (SU), a historically black university (HBCU), in September 2020. Under the management of Head Esports Coach Chris Turner, SU opened one of the first major esports facilities that now hosts more than 100 student gamers.
Coach Turner and Director of Development, Robert Harrison, share SU’s esports journey, including the process of soliciting and receiving leadership and funding support to build the esports lab and grow the program. From engaging corporate donors for sponsorships and grants to hosting an annual crawfish boil, they demonstrated how investing in collegiate esports enhances the student experience and aligns with the university’s mission to prepare students for the world and workforce.
Learn about SU’s vision for building a student-centered, opportunity-driven esports program that provides numerous avenues for student success and their commitment to these four pillars:
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