Esports (starting in fall 2019!)

Carl Sandburg College announced in January 2019 that it would form an intercollegiate esports team starting with the 2019-20 academic year, making it the first community college in Illinois and among the first two-year schools in the country to offer a varsity gaming team.

The team will have four talent scholarships to be awarded to students and a new gaming “arena” on campus for practice and competition. At the time of Sandburg’s announcement to start an esports program, only four other schools in Illinois offered such a team.

In March 2019, Sandburg adjunct instructor Kirk Mustain, who helped form the esports team at Williamsfield High School and has coached it the last two years, was hired as Sandburg's first-ever esports coach.

Sandburg will be affiliated with the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which has more than 100 member schools since forming in 2016. With more than 130 members schools and 3,000 student-athletes, NACE programs have provided more than $15 million in esports scholarships and aid.

To learn more about esports at Sandburg, contact Mustain at

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National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE)