In 2018, UCLA Esports started as a Club Sport with less than 15 members. Now we boast over 80 members competing across various titles such as League of Legends, Dota2, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Smash, and Rocket League. We have proudly established our presence on the collegiate level and continue to represent the Bruins!
Our players pursue their passions while being supported by volunteer coaches, managers, and analysts. Together with their teammates, our members learn valuable skills like teamwork, communication, and leadership. But more than anything, UCLA Esports is like a second family for many of our players. Students who previously may have struggled with finding the right community for them now have a home at UCLA Esports.
We are a 100% student-run with seven dedicated directors who have been instrumental in the continuing growth of our organization. Each individual understands the positive impact that a tight-knit, supportive community can have on a student; the development of both personal and leadership experience can stem from students being either players, managers, or coaches. Our organization's staff (ranging from coordinators to videographers to treasurers and more) learn leadership, organization, and communications skills - all which are applicable outside of esports.
We are running this Spark campaign to ensure that our student-athletes are able to compete in national tournaments and represent UCLA at the highest level of gameplay. We hope to be able to raise enough funds during this campaign to attend tournaments across the nation. With our rapid growth brings difficulties providing appropriate accommodations. While we try our best to assist our members by providing funds for travel and other expenses, it has placed an enormous financial strain on our organization. To fund our club, we rely mostly on our members dues and small fundraisers throughout the academic year. Our goal is to raise $8,000 to help cover the costs of sending our student-athletes to tournaments and hosting other top-tier universities here at UCLA.
Your donation will help alleviate some of the financial stress that comes along with being a student-run organization as well as enabling our athletes to successfully represent UCLA at the intercollegiate level! You will be an integral part of the reason our club sport can continue to operate and grow in the newest facet of collegiate competition!