Huntsville will host a new multi-million dollar Esports national initiative

Huntsville Rocket
The Rocket City is blasting off with an awesome Esports initiative. (Jacob Blanketship / Bham Now)

Exciting news, Huntsville—a multi-million dollar Esports project is coming to the Rocket City this summer.

The project will enhance educational opportunities and economic advancement in Huntsville—especially in HUD communities. Read on for all the details.

What are Esports?

Esports stadium
These events draw large crowds, which is great news for the Rocket City. (Esports / Facebook)

Esports—short for electronic sports—are multi-player video games performed competitively by professionals for spectators. In many parts of the world, these events draw thousands.

This summer, Huntsville will host Project ESE, along with only 15 other U.S. cities. ESE stands for Esports, STEM and Economic Development. The project prioritizes promoting youth education and enhancing economic development in HUD communities across the nation.

What will Project ESE comprise?

During the summer, students and younger individuals will participate in an NBA2K competition and will be exposed to STEM educational opportunities in the process.

They will compete against the teams from the 15 other cities, culminating in an exciting final tournament at the end of the summer.

Why Huntsville?

downtown Huntsville by water
Huntsville is counted among the nation’s top cities. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Huntsville gains more national recognition daily, and Esports initiatives—like ExploreSkillz Discovery, Inc.—can’t help but notice.

According to the Huntsville Business Journal, exploreSkillz Discovery CEO Melvin Anderson says Huntsville’s tight-knit community and economic development make it the ideal place to host Project ESE.

“Huntsville is committed to the community, and is a major hub of companies and government agencies that deliver innovative STEM solutions, and the home of Alabama A&M University. We look forward to providing internship opportunities for Alabama A&M University students in the areas of Cybersecurity and AI. In addition, building an esports stadium in a Huntsville Opportunity Zone provides a venue that creates community engagement.”

Melvin Anderson, exploreSkillz Discovery CEO, as reported in the Huntsville Business Journal.

What other cities were chosen?

Considering all the other cities selected are major U.S. cities, we are honored to see Huntsville on the list.

Check out the 15 other cities selected:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Dallas, TX
  • New York City, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Newark, NJ
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Philadelphia, PA

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Lacey Spear
Lacey Spear
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