(December 6, 2022) – The Congressional Award’s Esports and Wellness campaign aims to provide students with resources that help young gamers leverage their hobby into meaningful learning experiences, team building opportunities, and potential scholarships for the future — all while maintaining healthy habits.
In partnership with Entertainment Software Association (ESA), with support from the American Heart Association (AHA), The Congressional Award hosted an Esports webinar featuring various specialists who spoke on the world of gaming as it relates to technology and research, plus the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between fitness and virtual play. Our Esports toolkit, geared toward high school and college-aged students, explores the benefits of gaming and critical topics such as healthy habits, sleep, and physical fitness through video games. It also offers scholarship information for Esports gamers and tips on how to tie gaming activities into earning their Congressional Award.
Missy Foxman, Congressional Award Board Member and ESA’s Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, encouraged students to get involved as they begin to enter the workforce: “The Esports phenomenon is one that is growing by leaps and bounds… there are so many unique opportunities in the video game industry, and we need all of you!” She emphasized the importance of both STEM and liberal arts career pathways, explaining that there’s a place for everyone in the video game industry.
As discussed in ESA’s 2021 Report, the gaming industry is growing every day – especially among young people. Gaming and Esports can offer a multitude of benefits for young people, such as learning through gameplay, enhancing problem-solving skills, and encouraging peer-to-peer connection. However, with increased screen time, it’s important for students to prioritize both their mental and physical health.
The Esports webinar provided students with insights from streamer Hayli Baez, mental health professional Dr. Yolandra Hancock, and Members of Congress with backgrounds in gaming – Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-05) and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) who serve on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, along with Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-08) who serves on the Video Game and Esports Caucus.
About The Congressional Award Foundation
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. To learn more about The Congressional Award please visit www.congressionalward.org.