DALLAS – Mavs Gaming, in partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, recently hosted a college and career readiness program to inspire the next generation of young people.
Mavs Gaming has been hard at work in the community all summer, hosting numerous outreach programs ranging from a Father’s Day brunch for underserved youth to college prep events and back-to-school fairs. .
The organization will also be devoting hours to the community over the next two weeks to lift students’ spirits as they prepare for school. This summer, local youth explored the world of esports at two Mavs Academy gaming camps.
Last week, Mavs Gaming opened its doors to host a college and career readiness program with students from the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and the EAGLE Scholars Program.
The organization serves students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who wish to rise higher in their studies.
“Because many of our students are first-generation in America, they don’t always know the steps to getting into college,” said Valerie Morales, EAGLE Scholar Program Director. “So we recruit them when they’re in seventh grade, and from there we follow them through their high school journey.”
For the Mavs Gaming event, the students arrived by bus to spend a day with the franchise. The event took place under the bright lights of Mavs Gaming’s world-renowned headquarters.
The state-of-the-art facility features the best tech gadgets esports has to offer.
Mavs game center Jerry “Sick One” Knapp, along with assistant coach Roy Krishnan, participated in the educational panel.
Knapp is one of the most decorated NBA2K players in league history. He has been an outstanding spokesperson for the organization since his arrival and is able to connect with players of all ages.
“The panel was great today,” Knapp said. “The kids were super engaged, (they) asked a lot of questions. I have to tell them about my experiences. It was a great day.
Over 50 high school students aged 15 to 17 participated in the event, and there was a panel of various game leaders who gave students insight into the industry.
During the college prep event, students participated in an exclusive technology immersion workshop created by Danny Martin, who is the founder of a company called Esposure, based in Duncanville, Texas.
“There’s someone in that crowd who’s going to take the information provided,” Martin said. “They’re going to apply it, and they’re going to apply it to succeed. They will apply it to impact other people in the community.
Haley Parks, CEO of BearClaw esports, also participated. Topics ranged from the current esports climate to career opportunities and diversity and inclusion.
Mavs Gaming hosts many events each year to bring hope and inspiration to the North Texas community.
In June, Mavs Gaming hosted an esports brunch at the East Dallas Boys and Girls Club. Players and coaches sat down with fathers and their children to discuss the impact of the game as a career.
The franchise also celebrated the opening of the new gaming lab built there.
Mavs.com spoke with Mavs Gaming Community Relations Manager Tray Thompson to learn more about the organization’s work in North Texas this summer.
MAVS.COM Can you tell more about Mavs Gaming’s community involvement in North Texas? What are the recent highlights?
TOMPSON: This summer, Mavs Gaming CommUNITY focused on youth development and education through a few collaborative opportunities. We participated in a specialized panel during the STEAM Academy 2022 hackathon organized by Mavs Take ACTION!, TD Jakes Foundation and Goldman Sachs with Ronnie Fauss, Roy Krishnan and Tray Thompson. We’ve teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Dallas to host an esports brunch for Father’s Day. We hosted a summer kickoff and college and career readiness program The Eagle Scholars.
Mavs.com: What is the EAGLE Scholars program?
TOMPSON: EAGLE Scholars is made up of a very ethnically and culturally diverse group of 150 students in grades seven through 12 and 50 undergraduates, all of whom are focused on a four-year college degree as their goal. The EAGLE Scholars program is designed to help our Scholars develop the skills they already have and acquire the ones they need to help them successfully navigate the education system.
Scholars enroll in the program at the college. They go through an application process that includes a teacher recommendation and an interview with older EAGLE scholars. Once accepted into the program, scholars can remain in the program and receive support until they graduate from university, although we are currently working on ways to extend this support to help them settle into a career.
Mavs.com: Is there anything else you would like people to know about Mavs Gaming and the community?
TOMPSON: Mavs Gaming CommUNITY prioritizes expanding our global and digital footprint by providing virtual and in-person community programs that address socio-economic circumstances and potential career opportunities for underrepresented communities.
August 2 – August 3
Two-day coding camp for female tech leaders
Mavs Gaming continues to push for fairness in the esports world and this week they partnered with Women Leading Technology and Techie Factory to host a two-day coding camp at Belong in Grapevine. Participants had the opportunity to participate in a multitude of technology-focused activities.
Dallas Hybrid Prep Back to School Kick Off
Sunday, August 7, 2022
@Eposure – 411 E Hwy 67, Duncanville, TX 75137
Mavs Gaming, in partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, will join Dallas Hybrid Prep in hosting a team building event and back to school celebration this weekend. The program will meet the expectations of the upcoming school year for all students and parents present. Esposure will host an immersive Esports/Tech educational session for all students and parents in attendance. Last school year, the Mavs held their first Game & Greet NBA 2K22 clinic with Jerry “Sick One” Knapp and Christopher Turner with 70 students. The program introduced the fundamentals of NBA 2K and gave students a deep understanding of what it’s like to be a professional esports athlete and business professional in the gaming industry.
To learn more about Mavs Gaming’s amazing outreach programs held throughout the year and more, click here.