Students showing interest in growing sport, activity
Newport High School is launching an Esports program that will include competitive teams and utilizing gaming as an educational tool while providing a new student activity.
Newport is the latest Northern Kentucky high school to embrace Esports, which allows schools to compete against one another and offers an opportunity for college scholarship funds.
"These are not the video games that my generation grew up playing," said Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Tony Watts said. "This is a big business, and these games are, as anybody knows who plays them, very high tech and sophisticated. Beyond forming a team, Esports will give some students an opportunity to participate in something other than sports."
At its most recent meeting, the Newport Board of Education voted to approve the high school's Esports program.