Keiser University Flagship’s athletic department was highlighted recently in The Palm Beach Post for their successful progress with esports. The article, written by Declan Wash, discusses associate athletic director James Shoemaker’s passion for being at the forefront of competitive gaming, and how the new varsity athletics team was able to adapt during the pandemic.
In the article, Wash shares some of Keiser Flagship’s accomplishments, including two wins in their first season against USF. The team enjoyed its first major breakthrough this season by placing fourth at the Apex Legends Collegiate Champions League, and graduate senior Marc Alegri finished second at the tournament in kills. That same three-man Apex team was invited to a professional tournament the following month, where the team racked up 18 total points and finished seventh in the opening round.
Flagship esports head coach Ross Adams lead the inaugural campaign in 2019 and said that during the pandemic his roster grew to 25 players.
“I think with esports the sky’s the limit,” Shoemaker said. “There’s really no restrictions on esports, and I think that’s one of the beautiful things about it.”
To read the article in its entirety, visit https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/sports/college/2021/06/24/keiser-athletic-department-embraces-e-sports-revolution/5308102001/
Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was ranked No. 11 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Reports in 2021. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution. For more information, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu.