Nov 3, 2022
The NJCAAE Partners with *gameHERs
National Junior College Athletic Association Esports and *gameHERs Form New Strategic Partnership
November 3, 2021
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – The National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE) and *gameHERs, a women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering the voices of women, femme-identifying gamers and non-binary gamers who are comfortable in spaces that center women, announce the formation of a new strategic partnership. The parties seek to create an effective and efficient relationship focused on creating greater awareness of 2-year college opportunities and collegiate esports opportunities to women in gaming.
Executive Director of the NJCAAE, Jeff White, states, “The NJCAAE is excited to partner with *gameHERs to run events and create materials specific to women in gaming. I believe this partnership will encourage more women to join collegiate gaming and create a safe and comfortable space for them.”
“We are thrilled to partner with NJCAAE as we expand the *gameHERs into the collegiate space. Since the *gameHERs launch in March 2020, we have been connecting with organizations that are aligned in our mission to reach college students, and the dedication shown by NJCAAE to provide safe and positive and safe gaming experiences is an ideal partnership," said Rebecca Dixon, Co-founder and CEO of *gameHERs.
About the NJCAAE: NJCAA Esports (NJCAAE), the national governing body for two-year college esports in the United States, is proud to provide two-year college esports teams with governance, competition and official national championships. The governing body also provides guidance and positive development for two-year colleges to build and operate esports programs. Established in the Fall of 2019, the association continues to establish new partner relationships that assist in the growth of esports programs, add new titles for increased participation, and dedicate resources to the recruitment of new members.
The NJCAAE is committed to removing barriers to entry for all participants, including students and member institutions. Through the bring your own device and play from anywhere model, even campuses that are strictly online can offer an opportunity to engage their students for just $1,500. While student engagement is always a priority, it has perhaps never been more important than right now. No one disputes that an engaged student is a student that completes!
The association has experienced phenomenal growth as we enter our fourth competitive semester. Beginning with only 12 teams, the following semesters grew to 28 teams (Spring ’20), 69 teams (Fall ’20), 81 teams (Spring ’21) and a projection of 115 teams and 2,000+ student-athletes in the Fall of 2021. With the ultimate goal of providing a unique and engaging environment for student-athletes nationwide, the NJCAAE is where worlds of opportunity await.
About *gameHERs: Gamers who identify as women represent almost half the gamers in the world. Women gamers are rarely represented, heard, and recognized for our badassness. Through our ongoing work and conversations with so many of you, we know that safe spaces that honor women, femme-identifying gamers and non-binary gamers who are comfortable in spaces that center women are necessary. Thus, the*gameHERs was born.
The*gameHERs is a women-led community dedicated to amplifying and centering the voices of women, femme-identifying gamers and non-binary gamers who are comfortable in spaces that center women. This is a sexist-free space for the casual players, the hardcore gamers, the techies, the streamers, the designers, the cosplayers, the developers, and programmers. Our mission is to advance the role, voice, image, and power of all the*gameHERs in the gaming world. We welcome all humans who value this mission.
Jeff White, Executive Director of Esports
Rebecca Dixon, Co-founder and CEO of *gameHERs