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Esports: High schoolers team up with NBA 2K Community for new Pro-Am Summer Challenge

High School Esports League (HSEL), powered by Generation Esports (GenE), has announced a new partnership with the NBA 2K community for its 2021 Summer Challenge esports tournament. This partnership will connect professional esports athletes and coaches directly with high school students through the entirely free Summer Challenge competition — for the first time featuring an NBA 2K21 5v5 Pro-Am tournament, virtual events, and informational sessions.

The HSEL 2021 Summer Challenge is a leaderboard-style format where the total score of a participant’s plays determines their overall playoff standing. Participants play eligible games across a variety of genres, from digital collectible card games to chess. Sometimes overlooked at the high school level, NBA 2K esports offer high school students wonderful opportunities for college and beyond. Inspired by the NBA 2K21 Pro-Am game mode, the Pro-Am Summer League is free for students to participate in, and they can play with friends from other high schools — even if they are not part of HSEL!

HSEL will host complimentary weekly Q&As with GM Christopher Turner (Coach T) and various members of the NBA 2K Pro-Am community, including Dr Jojo, Yeynotgaming, and Biggwest. Weekly informational sessions are also offered that will enlighten students on the importance of health and wellness, shooting and offensive drills, and media training.

“We enjoy coordinating events like the NBA 2K Pro-Am during summer break, because it’s a unique time of the year to reach high school students with something fun and engaging,” said Christopher Turner of Generation Esports. “Of course, we always like to include an element of education as well, and we couldn’t do this without the NBA 2K community offering their insights and expertise.”

Dates for all of the NBA 2K Pro-Am events in July are as follows:

NBA 2K Pro-Am Competition: Tuesdays and Saturdays from July 5 to July 25

Q&A Discussions: July 5, July 12, July 19

Informational Sessions: July 8, July 15, July 22

The HSEL 2021 Summer Challenge esports competition is open to all high school students in the United States regardless of HSEL membership. Student competitors will compete against their peers in 11 popular multiplayer online video games. Champions across all titles are set to win various prizes and gear from top gaming brand ASUS. Additional “Quest” prizing — optional tasks for players to complete or conditions to meet throughout the tournament — gives competitors a shot to win additional gaming gear, a Nintendo Switch, gift cards, accessories, as well as a chance to win a new gaming PC. The full list of esports titles featured in the HSEL 2021 Summer Challenge includes: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, 10-Minute Chess, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Minecraft: Survival Games, Rainbow Six: Siege, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, NBA 2K21, and Valorant.

Learn more about the NBA 2K Pro-Am Summer League at


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