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A new youth esports and leadership camp is joining the IWU Children’s Language School this summer.

BLOOMINGTON – Wesleyan University of Illinois has its first Esports and leadership for young people Camp this summer.

The IWU language school for children is also returning this summer in person after going virtual last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eddy Kimbrough, right, a student at Wesleyan University of Illinois, plays “League of Legends” in the IWU Esports Arena at the Hansen Student Center in Bloomington in 2020. IWU is hosting a Youth Esports and Leadership Camp at from Monday.


The esports camp is for children aged 10 to 14. They will have the chance to play Fortnite, Rocket League and Among Us.

But the camp isn’t just about playing games, according to the university. It will also include lessons in leadership, communication and how to be a healthy player.

IWU Esports coaching staff will lead students in physical activities and group exercises in tandem with esports games.

The IWU esports program started as a registered student organization in the spring of 2017 and launched its university program in the fall of 2018.

Since then, other schools, including Illinois State University, Lincoln College, and Heartland Community College, have added esports programs.

Places are still available for the first session, which starts on Monday and ends on Friday. The deadline for registration is Sunday.

Registration continues for the second session, which will take place July 12-16.

Registration links are available at


Ishaan Shukla, 8, Bloomington, shouts French words at Wesleyan University of Illinois Children’s Language School in 2019. The school returns to in-person classes this month.


The language school for children will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 14 to 24.

The school is for children from preschool to fifth grade. They have the opportunity to learn French or Spanish language and culture. Classes are divided by age group and previous language experience and bilingual / heritage speakers are welcome.

Classes will be held in the Buck Memorial Library or on the IWU Quad, weather permitting.

The fee of $ 240 per student includes tuition and teaching materials. There is a reduced multi-sibling fee of $ 216.

The registration deadline is June 11, but Spanish for Kindergarten to Grade 2 is already full and there are only a few places left in Spanish for students in Grades 3 to 5.

For more information and to register, visit Direct your questions to [email protected]

The Children’s Language School began in 2015 and is made possible through a 2014 Donnocker Program Innovation Grant and continued support from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

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