Envy Foundation Awards $50,000 in Donations to Accelerate High School and Middle School Esports Programs
Ten Texas Schools Selected as Inaugural Recipients of Envy Foundation Esports Empowerment Awards Presented by Acer
DALLAS (February 2) –The Envy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by esports and entertainment organization Envy Gaming, awarded $50,000 to a collection of ten middle schools and high schools as part of the Envy Foundation’s inaugural Esports Empowerment Award program presented by Acer. Each of the selected schools, which completed an online application reviewed by an independent selection committee consisting of representatives from Envy, Acer, and the Varsity Esports Foundation, received $5,000 earmarked specifically to improve gaming programs and esports initiatives on their campuses.
Selected schools current esports operations vary in size and scope. Nine of ten schools selected are within the Dallas Independent School District, and each school selected views esports as a key extracurricular activity of the future. Several of the schools selected do not offer traditional team sports at their respective campus and were drawn to expanding esports curriculum to attract more students to join competitive teams that compete in regional, statewide, and national esports tournaments – both online and in-person.
The schools selected as recipients of the Envy Foundation Esports Empowerment Awards include:
- Ann Richards STEAM Academy – Dallas ISD
- Big Spring Junior High School – Big Spring ISD
- David W. Carter High School – Dallas ISD
- Emmett J. Conrad High School – Dallas ISD
- Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet – Dallas ISD
- New Tech High at B.F. Darrell – Dallas ISD
- Seagoville High School – Dallas ISD
- South Oak Cliff High School – Dallas ISD
- Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy – Dallas ISD
- E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy – Dallas ISD
“Providing more opportunities for Texas schools to level up their gaming programs is really what we focused on in this first year of our Esports Empowerment program,” said Shay Butler, President of the Envy Foundation. “We want to give communities the tools they need to make esports accessible and adoptable at all ages and skill levels and help grow gamers for life.”
“What the Envy Foundation and Envy Gaming are doing to bring esports into the conversation to help schools modernize and expand student programming in a new way is incredible,” said Sharla Hudspeth, executive director of Extracurricular and Extended Learning Opportunities in Dallas ISD. “Esports is a game-changer where students engage at a deeper level in STEAM throughout our middle and high schools, which is a gateway to future-forward career paths.”
“Acer has been a leader in bringing esports to schools with our award-winning Predator line of gaming PCs, monitors and accessories,” said Richard Black, vice president of marketing for Acer’s Pan America region. “We are pleased to partner with the Envy Foundation on this outstanding program that will give schools the resources and tools they need to expand their esports initiatives and help fuel a passion for STEAM learning with their students.”
For more information on The Envy Foundation visit https://envy.gg/foundation/.
About Envy Gaming
Envy Gaming, Inc., is an entertainment and esports company based in North Texas. Founded in 2007, Envy is one of the most winning esports organizations in the world and has grown to include a network of competitive gamers, content creators and esports teams with global reach. Envy’s ownership group includes superstar Post Malone, esports industry pioneers Mike Rufail and Hector Rodriguez, and Gray Television. For more information, visit Envy.gg.
Founded in 1976, Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies with a presence in more than 160 countries. As Acer evolves with the industry and changing lifestyles, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another, creating ecosystems and opening up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. Acer’s 7,500 employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.