Guilford student signs esports scholarship

ROCKFORD – Tuesday afternoon, Guilford staff celebrated with Zach Dimond and his family as Dimond signed a letter of intent to play esports at Illinois College.

It is believed to be the first time a Rockford School District athlete has accepted a college scholarship in the growing esports field.

In 2018-2019, nearly 200 colleges offered more than $15 million in esports scholarship money. The scholarship money has more than tripled just since 2015-2016 as companies such as Diddy and Adidas get involved.

Guilford had more than 90 kids try out this fall for just 16 slots on four different games. Dimond plays League of Legends, a game that was released in 2009 and is estimated to have more than 100 million people playing monthly.

According to RPS coaches, several RPS students have been offered esports scholarships, but Dimond is the first to accept. Illinois College’s esports schedule is in November. It competes against schools such as Missouri, Grand View, Robert Morris and St. Ambrose. 

Posted on 01.08.20