[CQ-Contest] [ Chicago Tribune ] "College recruiting gamers as athletes "
Steve Sacco NN4X
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Wed Jun 25 20:27:07 EDT 2014
If they can do it for this, why not radiosporting, which is, as everyone
should-but-does-not know, was the worlds First Massive Multiplayer
By John Keilman, Tribune reporter
11:01 p.m. CDT, June 23, 2014
The idea came to Kurt Melcher, not surprisingly, when he was online
searching for video games.
Melcher is associate athletic director at Robert Morris University, a
Chicago-based university that gives out 1,400 athletic and activity
scholarships across its 10 Illinois campuses as a way of recruiting and
retaining students. But it occurred to him that one sport, rapidly
growing in popularity, was missing from the scholarship roster.
After a little research and the blessing of the university's
administration, that's about to change. Robert Morris this fall
evidently will be the first school in the country to offer athletic
scholarships to students who play the video game "League of Legends."
It's a move that seems to stretch the definition of sports and athletes.
"It's a team sport," Melcher said. "There's strategy involved. You have
to know your role in the game. Obviously it's not cardiovascular in any
way, but it's mental. There are elements that go into it that are just
like any other sport."
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