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Claire Hofstra plays "Heroes of the Storm," at Hathaway Brown School, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Hathaway Brown launched the country's first varsity esports program at an all-girls school. Coach J Collins hopes to encourage more girls to stick with video games through their teenage years, something that might have a ripple effect across an industry grappling with gender disparity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

All-girls school becomes 1st in US with varsity esports

- Associated Press

As a liaison at the U.S. Department of Education, J Collins watched as colleges by the dozen rolled out varsity esports programs, complete with scholarships, coaches and even some arenas. Collins had a gnawing concern: Gaming was beginning to have an impact on education, and at least anecdotally, the benefits were going largely toward male students.