SPIRE

ESPORTS CAMPS

SPIRE ESPORTS CAMPS

Staffed by a team of professional esports coaches, gamers and analysts, esports camps are customized to each student’s needs and areas of study. Camp features both group activities and one-on-one coaching. Multiple disciplines and related fields are offered, providing every student with the most up-to-date curriculum, infrastructure and tools available.

Campers also receive two hours each day of additional programming focused on maintaining physical health, fitness, nutrition and mental health, as well as coaching in PR, social media management and career counseling. Campers will have plenty of time to relax, play games and enjoy SPIRE’s huge sports and recreation campus.

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Our Online, At-Home esports Summer Camps are offered as one-week, home-based experiences from SPIRE Academy, a premier co-ed sports training. Each camp day, campers will work with esports industry professionals to learn the basics of the business and improve their in-game skills. Working one-on-one and in small groups with professionals, camper’s skills are measured and tracked throughout the week to ensure each camper gets a personalized coaching and training experience..

In game practice is combined with management principles, recruitment guidelines, strategy sessions, critical thinking skill development, and other coursework to develop a baseline knowledge base of the industry and how it operates.

Every program includes one-on-one personalized training and coaching sessions, as well as team-based competitions. Campers also receive daily video conferencing sessions focused on professional, challenger and collegiate level coaching, maintaining health, fitness, nutrition, as well as PR, social media management and career counseling.

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  • Esports Entertainment Package Add On

    When you come to SPIRE for one our traditional sports offerings you have the option to add a gaming package to your stay with us! SPIRE has gaming PCs, VR experiences, and esports coaching right here on campus! After a great day of training in your sport of choice, why not join us in the evening for a gaming and esports experience!

    • Casual – Add on to any camp for $75
      • The Casual experience includes access to our gaming and esports lounge, with access to a variety of titles on PC, and in VR. Play at your own pace or with friends and enjoy casual coaching across popular titles like League of Legends, Counter Strike or Valorant.
    • Competitive – Add on to any camp for $150
      • The Competitive experience includes all the same access as the Casual package, but also includes time to work directly with our esports staff on a 1 on 1 basis to improve your skills, awareness and thought process regarding popular titles like League of Legends, Counter Strike and Valorant.
    • Play Pass – Add to any camp for $45
      • After hours access to the esports and gaming lounge to play games on our high-end gaming computers, high speed internet and awesome accessories and peripherals. If you’re a gamer looking for a quality gaming experience while at SPIRE, this is the solution for you. Don’t let your time at SPIRE drop you down the leaderboards. Stay in the game with the Play Pass!

TEAM ESPORTS AT SPIRE

  • What are esports?

    Esports is the formal exercise of competitive video gaming and is best used to describe the framework under which this community operates. Publishers, Colleges, and many independent leagues have used a traditional athletics outline to structure the organization of their video gaming offerings, and many colleges with varsity esports programs put that program under athletics and treat it in a similar fashion to other athletic offerings. From participant to spectator, to administrative, the esports and traditional sports environments function in a remarkably similar fashion.

  • How can esports benefit my child?

    Gaming is immensely popular with the youth of today, with Pew Research finding around 70% of college kids in 2012 were gamers in some capacity. Video games have a strong impact on communication skills, socialization, hand eye coordination, and teamwork.


    Many students will not have the opportunity to participate in, or be recruited for, traditional athletic opportunities after high school. Student-Athletes may be miss out on opportunities to play at a certain school due to positional considerations, cutbacks, or other considerations. College backed esports programs help to better match students with schools and degrees where they can be successful, and the implemented structures provide students a toolkit to better thrive in the collegiate environment. Many schools that offer varsity or equivalent esports programs have health and wellness support, dedicated coaching, tutoring, grade support, etc. for their students. Many schools offer scholarships and the admissions department will take feedback from coaches into consideration when making admissions decisions. Esports are quickly becoming a regular part of campus life, and the added benefits and considerations that esports can provide to a potential student are like traditional athletics in many cases. At SPIRE, we believe that it is this addition of support, guidance and coaching that will be transformative for many students who otherwise may not seek out the benefits of traditional sports. Esports offers a competitive outlet that any player can tap into, providing a catalyst for the lessons we have traditionally learned through team based athletic competitions. Dealing with adversity, success, and failure, learning to work with others, learning to be unselfish for the good of the team, to take feedback and improve, are all lessons that can be effectively conveyed through an esports experience.

  • Which colleges are involved?

    175 higher educational institutions are members of National Association of Collegiate Esports and offer varsity esports programs that include partial or full esports scholarships, coaching, and departmental support. At least 314 schools are active in TESPA, and others participate in other online and in person leagues. Notable schools include Ohio State University, Robert Morris, SNHU, Assumption College, Full Sail University, Northeastern University, UCI, ASU and more!

  • Why an Academy setting like SPIRE for esports?

    An Academy system develops the necessary skills and mindset in the student to achieve success. SPIRE esports is not just about learning how to be a great player in game, it is developing the mental skillset, the physical health, the strategic mindset, and the general academic mindset to be successful in whatever opportunities present themselves. Talent is a great starting point, but it is learned skills, like leadership, presence, mindfulness, and the ability to overcome adversity which set a player and a student apart. When a student leaves SPIRE for their next great opportunity, whether that is in college, with an organization, or a career, they can be confident that the skills they’ve learned here will set them apart and help them reach their full potential. Many professional esports organizations use an Academy system to foster the best possible talent. SPIRE is democratizing this process and bringing it to the high school level to better prepare students for college and career. 

  • What about a sedentary lifestyle, isn’t that dangerous?

    SPIRE advocates for a healthy well-rounded lifestyle, and students participating in the esports programs will get the benefit of working with our excellent strength and conditioning staff, nutritional experts, and mental skills coaches. It is not just about playing games; it is about leveraging the student’s love of games to engage them on multiple meaningful levels. 

    Gamers are playing longer. Injury at the collegiate and professional esports levels are a real thing, and much of that risk comes from poor/lack of training, combined with repetitive motion-based injuries. Maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in strength training to support the wrist elbow, shoulder and back, eating correctly to get the best mental clarity and focus, will all help a student achieve more in game. If they want to be the best, these are the steps that are crucial to building their mind and body up to maximize their potential. Using that competitive drive and harnessing it into constructive behaviors is what SPIRE esports is all about!

ROBERT SKINNION

Esports

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  • What sports do you offer camp experiences for?

    SPIRE Camps include experiences for athletes in Basketball, Swimming, Track & Field, Performance, E-Sports, Drone Racing, Wrestling, Lacrosse, and Soccer. All camps are open to boys and girls unless specified otherwise.

  • At which age can my child attend SPIRE Camps?

    Most SPIRE Camps are offered for children ages 8 to 18 years. However, each camp has age limitations depending on the sport and type of training. Age limitations are indicated on the registration web page for each camp experience.

  • What is the best way to contact someone about camps?

    1. SPIRE’s Main Office: 440-466-1002
    2. SPIRE’s Fax: 440-415-1087
    3. SPIRE Director of Camps, Ben Shank : [email protected]
  • Where will my child be staying for an overnight camp?

    1. SPIRE Village
      1. SPIRE Village consists of five 2,300sq. ft. new homes built specifically for SPIRE Academy. Each of the six bedrooms accommodates two twin beds, a nightstand, wardrobe, two study tables with chairs and a shared six-drawer chest. The student lounge has a big screen TV, couch/chairs and a dining room table with chairs for house meetings. There are three student bathrooms a washer and dryer all readily accessible. Picnic tables and some outdoor sports equipment will be placed in between the houses. Each house is heated by natural gas, cooled with AC, has LED lighting, is well insulated, fully sprinkled and all student rooms have their own unique entry key. All buildings are handicapped accessible. Houses will have weekly resident meetings designed around personal growth topics and jointly run by a student living in the house and the house parent. There will be activities planned where all houses work together on internal and external community projects and some fun competitions between houses for prizes. A house parent occupies a one-bedroom apartment in each building, complete with kitchen, dining/living area and full bath. Our house parents will be fully trained in safety and COVID precautions.
  • My child is staying overnight for a camp. Will there be other activities to do outside of their training?

    On Campus activities:

    • Swimming in SPIRE recreational pool
    • Campfires w/ smores
    • Scavenger Hunts around campus
    • Game Night (board games, card games, ping-pong, cornhole)
    • Kickball/Volleyball games
    • Movie Nights w/ ice cream sundaes and popcorn
    *On campus activities are with either a coach and/or house parents supervising and facilitating at all times.
     
    Potential Off-Campus activities:
    • Whip n Dip ice cream trip
    • Beach trips
    • Geneva-On-The-Lake resort
    *Off campus activities depend on the weather, the number of campers, age of campers, and ALWAYS have 2-3 house parents and/or coaches supervising at all times.
  • Where will my child be eating meals?

    1. SPIRE Fuel
      1. SPIRE understands the importance of healthy eating and proper nutrition to the competitive athlete
      2. Located on site, SPIRE Fuel is an innovative approach to eating [or “fueling’ your system]. Fuel offers students, competitors and visitors the same nutritious, fresh meal options enjoyed by Olympic and Professional athletes.
      3. Fuel specializes in prepared-to-order cuisine with zero added trans-fat, no artificial flavors or coloring, and an emphasis on local produce, fresh ingredients, and whole grains
      4. Special nutritional needs can also be accommodated. Please notify the Camp director prior to camp.
      5. Please answer the food allergy question during the Registration to alert us of allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • Are there health services nearby in case of an emergency?

    Express Care

      1. Cleveland Clinic Express Care Clinic

                                   2999 McMackin Rd, 

                                   Madison, OH 44057

                                   440-428-1111

    Local Hospitals

      1. Cleveland Clinic Ashtabula County Medical Center

                                   2420 Lake Ave,

                                   Ashtabula, OH 44004

                                   440-997-2262

                   2. UH Geneva Medical Center

                                   870 W Main St,

                                   Geneva, OH 44041

                                   440-466-1141

    Local Pharmacies

                  1. CVS Pharmacy

                                   170 E Main St, 

                                   Geneva, OH 44041

                                   440-466-4133

                  2. Giant Eagle Pharmacy

                                   755 South Broadway Avenue, 

                                   Geneva, OH 44041

                                   440-466-3005

                  3. Rite Aid Pharmacy

                                   633 S Broadway, 

                                   Geneva, OH 44041

                                   440-466-1002

    Specialist

      1. Specialist are available depending on situation/injury
  • Can my child do laundry while at camp?

    All student housing includes washers and dryers for the students to use

  • Can I send packages to my child staying on campus at SPIRE?

    1. Incoming Mail – please send mail for the athlete to:

                         Athlete’s Name

                         c/o SPIRE Camp

                        5201 SPIRE Circle, 

                        Geneva, Oh 44041

          2. All Mail can be picked up in the main office during business hours, 9 am to 5 pm

  • What is the refund policy?

    SPIRE Camp Refund Policy:
    • SPIRE will refund the amount paid for the camp (less 2.5%) if you cancel the camp at least 48 hours prior to the originally scheduled camp start date.
  • What happens if there is inclement weather?

    1. Please note, in case of rain or other inclement weather, all sports programs have a plan in place to out of the weather.
  • What time is registration?

    Not all camps follow the same schedule, so please refer to your SPIRE Camps confirmation e-mail sent to you one week in advance of your camp start date.

  • Are tours of SPIRE available during camps?

    Yes! We will offer parents an opportunity for an informal tour at the completion of registration/sign-in for your camp. This will be an excellent opportunity to see all that SPIRE has to offer and a chance to ask questions to our Academy coaches and SPIRE staff.

  • Where do I park for SPIRE Camps?

    Parking is available in front of the main entrance to our indoor Fields & Courts building. Registration/sign-in will take place inside the main entrance on your first day of camp unless specified otherwise. Please refer to your camp confirmation e-mail you will receive one week in advance of your scheduled camp.

  • What should we pack as a day camper?

    Clothing

    • Each camper must wear comfortable sports appropriate clothing.

    Footwear

    • Each camper must wear comfortable, sports appropriate shoes. Sandals, clogs or other shoes are okay for leisure time.

    Shower Essentials

    • Campers are responsible for providing their own grooming essentials. These essentials are to include but are not limited to soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, towel (s), shower shoes.

    Water Bottle

    • Each athlete should bring his/her own water bottle. Campers will be able to refill throughout the day.

    Backpack or Gym Bags

    • It is recommended that all campers bring their own backpack or gym bag to keep personal items together.

    Sports Equipment

    • Please refer to a sport specific list of what to bring.
  • What should we pack as a boarding camper?

    Please remember to pack light for your stay. There may not be assistance when carrying luggage to and from dormitories during check in and check out.

    Clothing

    • Each camper must wear comfortable sports appropriate clothing.

    Footwear

    • Each camper must wear comfortable, sports appropriate shoes. Sandals, clogs or other shoes are okay for leisure time.

    Shower Essentials

    • Campers are responsible for providing their own grooming essentials. These essentials are to include but are not limited to soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, towel (s), shower shoes.

    Linens/bedding, pillows and towels will not be provided by SPIRE. We ask you to bring your own (Bed Linen – Twin XL – Deep Pocket).

    Water Bottle

    • Each athlete should bring his/her own water bottle. Campers will be able to refill throughout the day.

    Backpack or Gym Bags

    • It is recommended that all campers bring their own backpack or gym bag to keep personal items together.

    Sports Equipment

    • Please refer to a sport specific list of what to bring.

    Items for Leisure Time

    • Various evening activities will be hosted by SPIRE. Campers can bring books, magazines, board games, playing cards, arts and crafts and other such items. It is not recommended that campers bring expensive electronics such as iPods or hand-held gaming devices. It is the athlete’s responsibility to maintain all personal belongings during their time at camp.
  • Can we decide to extend our time at SPIRE while attending a camp?

    Yes! Our camp calendar will include weekend experiences in performance training and mental skills training to provide extended learning between camps. We encourage all campers to consider extending their time with us to maximize their experience with us.

  • Will I be able to observe my child participate in camps?

    Yes, however we encourage parents to limit interactions with their child while at camp so our coaches and staff can maintain full attention of participants.

  • How can parents/guardians and family spend time while attending SPIRE Camps?

    SPIRE is situated in Ohio’s Wine Country, part of the Grand River Valley. Visit one of the two dozen wineries throughout surrounding area or explore the numerous covered bridges, scenic rivers, and two state parks. Downtown Cleveland is a short 45-minute drive from SPIRE, offering tons of entertainment options like the Rock and Roll Hall of
    Fame, museums, professional sports, arts and culture.

  • Where can I stay off campus while attending SPIRE Camps?

    SPIRE has partnerships with several area hotels. Click here to view lodging options.

  • What are esports?

    Esports is the formal exercise of competitive video gaming and is best used to describe the framework under which this community operates. Publishers, Colleges, and many independent leagues have used a traditional athletics outline to structure the organization of their video gaming offerings, and many colleges with varsity esports programs put that program under athletics and treat it in a similar fashion to other athletic offerings. From participant to spectator, to administrative, the esports and traditional sports environments function in a remarkably similar fashion.

  • How can esports benefit my child?

    Gaming is immensely popular with the youth of today, with Pew Research finding around 70% of college kids in 2012 were gamers in some capacity. Video games have a strong impact on communication skills, socialization, hand eye coordination, and teamwork.


    Many students will not have the opportunity to participate in, or be recruited for, traditional athletic opportunities after high school. Student-Athletes may be miss out on opportunities to play at a certain school due to positional considerations, cutbacks, or other considerations. College backed esports programs help to better match students with schools and degrees where they can be successful, and the implemented structures provide students a toolkit to better thrive in the collegiate environment. Many schools that offer varsity or equivalent esports programs have health and wellness support, dedicated coaching, tutoring, grade support, etc. for their students. Many schools offer scholarships and the admissions department will take feedback from coaches into consideration when making admissions decisions. Esports are quickly becoming a regular part of campus life, and the added benefits and considerations that esports can provide to a potential student are like traditional athletics in many cases. At SPIRE, we believe that it is this addition of support, guidance and coaching that will be transformative for many students who otherwise may not seek out the benefits of traditional sports. Esports offers a competitive outlet that any player can tap into, providing a catalyst for the lessons we have traditionally learned through team based athletic competitions. Dealing with adversity, success, and failure, learning to work with others, learning to be unselfish for the good of the team, to take feedback and improve, are all lessons that can be effectively conveyed through an esports experience.

  • Which colleges are involved?

    175 higher educational institutions are members of National Association of Collegiate Esports and offer varsity esports programs that include partial or full esports scholarships, coaching, and departmental support. At least 314 schools are active in TESPA, and others participate in other online and in person leagues. Notable schools include Ohio State University, Robert Morris, SNHU, Assumption College, Full Sail University, Northeastern University, UCI, ASU and more!

  • Why an Academy setting like SPIRE for esports?

    An Academy system develops the necessary skills and mindset in the student to achieve success. SPIRE esports is not just about learning how to be a great player in game, it is developing the mental skillset, the physical health, the strategic mindset, and the general academic mindset to be successful in whatever opportunities present themselves. Talent is a great starting point, but it is learned skills, like leadership, presence, mindfulness, and the ability to overcome adversity which set a player and a student apart. When a student leaves SPIRE for their next great opportunity, whether that is in college, with an organization, or a career, they can be confident that the skills they’ve learned here will set them apart and help them reach their full potential. Many professional esports organizations use an Academy system to foster the best possible talent. SPIRE is democratizing this process and bringing it to the high school level to better prepare students for college and career. 

  • What about a sedentary lifestyle, isn’t that dangerous?

    SPIRE advocates for a healthy well-rounded lifestyle, and students participating in the esports programs will get the benefit of working with our excellent strength and conditioning staff, nutritional experts, and mental skills coaches. It is not just about playing games; it is about leveraging the student’s love of games to engage them on multiple meaningful levels. 

    Gamers are playing longer. Injury at the collegiate and professional esports levels are a real thing, and much of that risk comes from poor/lack of training, combined with repetitive motion-based injuries. Maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in strength training to support the wrist elbow, shoulder and back, eating correctly to get the best mental clarity and focus, will all help a student achieve more in game. If they want to be the best, these are the steps that are crucial to building their mind and body up to maximize their potential. Using that competitive drive and harnessing it into constructive behaviors is what SPIRE esports is all about!

For more information about

SPIRE Camps, view our resource center

SPIRE Contact info:

Phone: (440) 466-1002

Email: [email protected]

Address: 5201 SPIRE Circle, Geneva, OH 44041

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