When Brewer High School administrators visited various middle schools in the area in recent years in search of potential tuition students, they typically were met with three questions related to extracurricular activities.
Two involved the availability of lacrosse and volleyball at the high school.
“The third question always centered around esports,” Brewer athletic administrator Dave Utterback said.
The high school already has added lacrosse and volleyball to their interscholastic offerings, and now Brewer has joined the state’s fledgling esports movement.
The Maine Principals’ Association added esports to its interscholastic menu in 2020 and 13 schools took part in last fall’s initial offering. There are now 30 schools and more than 200 students participating in the spring 2021 season.
“I think that tells you that the potential for esports is huge and that there is student interest out there,” MPA assistant executive director Mike Bisson said. “I think the growth is very quick this year because people were just trying to find some avenue for their kids to have something positive [during the COVID-19 pandemic].
“But I’m very optimistic about where this is going down the road.”
A survey conducted in December 2019 of Brewer students in grades 7-11 also revealed support for having an esports program at the high school.
“That was overwhelmingly the No. 1 thing that the student body that we had just in Brewer at the time wanted, so when you