Non-profit organization Emerald Foundation has announced a national youth esports program that will be powered by GYO Score, an esports platform from community aggregation company Harena Data. The program allows youth esports players to explore career options in esports, compete in scholastic clubs, acquire learning skills to economically disadvantaged youth, and participate in competitive tournaments.
Through the program, any youth esports player interested in playing can establish a free club and players’ management account on GYO Score’s portal. The GYO club management account will allow their players to play digitally together on the GYO platform through the video games.
In addition to providing basic roster management for the club, the platform will allow for the players and parents to schedule esports practices, scrimmages, and social events to keep teams together. Parents are also able to sign up to track their child’s play and account, so parents know their children are playing esports with their fellow teammates.
“Our goal at Emerald Esports is to engage and inspire students through their love of esports,” said Joseph E. Besecker, Founder and Chairman of the Emerald Foundation and Emerald Esports. “Our programs focus on giving students, specifically female gamers and those from underserved communities, the opportunity to learn more about themselves through competitive game play while introducing them to relevant career options. This valued partnership with Harena Data enables us to bring an exciting, robust program and competitive play offering to students throughout the nation.”
“Harena is honored to be involved in such a visionary program,” says Bill Dever, Chief Strategy Officer for Harena Data. “Joe’s vision is top drawer and there is no one who has a greater heart for children in need.”
Emerald supported by Harena is about to launch a series of initiatives in both the Carolinas and Lousiana.