STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla. (KSWO) – Stephens County’s only esports team competed in a tournament on Saturday morning.
The Bray-Doyle E-sports team held their tournament with the Oklahoma Scholastic E-sports league, where multiple Oklahoma schools compete against each other, in games like Halo and Call of Duty.
Team coach Kyle Holman says being part of esports can give students purpose.
“Outside of games, it’s the effect it has on these kids and gives them something to work towards,” Holman said.
He also said the team isn’t just about video games, it helps teach them valuable life lessons.
“I want them to have a sense of belonging, I want them to have a sense of strength and a sense of cooperation and teamwork that they may not have in other cases. “, said Holman.
He said he has seen the students grow and bond with each other.
“Some of these kids wouldn’t be friends with each other without this team, even if it’s a small pool like Bray, it’s great to see the way they interact. It’s great to see how they are became friends, and it’s great to see how some of them have grown just because they’re now part of something,” he said.
Some students said they were happy to finally feel like they belonged somewhere.
You can watch the team play on Twitch by clicking here or search for them on the Bray-Doyle Esports Facebook.
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