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Ottawa University Arizona to Hold Dec. 2 E-Sports Call of Duty Tournament in Surprise

Surprise, Ariz. – (November 28, 2017) –  As part of Ottawa University Arizona’s philosophy of fostering real-world professional experiences and mentoring students, the new residential campus in Surprise is hosting an e-sports Call of Duty tournament on Dec. 2, launched by a student.

Emery Johnson, an OUAZ broadcast communications junior who played e-sports online and in tournaments during high school, created a written proposal to pitch his tournament idea to David Barnes, Executive Director of University Advance, Spiritual Life, External Relations and New Markets at OUAZ. Barnes was so impressed, he greenlighted the tournament and has mentored Johnson during the last couple of months while the student secured several thousand dollars in in-kind sponsorships.
“I was very impressed with his written proposal and verbal presentations. Many students have presented ideas to me during my 30 years in higher education and this was among the best student pitches I’ve received,” said Barnes. “Emery has become a pioneering student leader in OUAZ’s inaugural year. We are creating an environment where student interests and capabilities blossom.”
In launching the tournament, Johnson:

  • researched the e-sports industry

  • created target demographics: males ages 18-25

  • generated sponsorships with well-known industry companies

  • promoted the event: an estimated 200 people are expected to attend

  • organized the event with a live student DJ, LED lights and giveaways

Johnson secured sponsorships with Monster Energy, which is expected to attend the event and provide beverages, posters and free gear; BenQ, which is providing gaming monitors; and Turtle Beach, which is providing headsets for the tournament and will donate headsets to the winning team.
Eight teams of four students will compete in the Call of Duty tournament. OUAZ also will offer students the opportunity to play FIFA (soccer) and Madden (football) along with Mario Kart for fun during the event.
“I want to take my passion for sports and gaming to help build unity among the students new to campus this year,” said Johnson, who also plays on the OUAZ baseball team and would like to pursue a career in television after graduation.

Barnes and Johnson are encouraging area residents to attend the free event. OUAZ is integrated into the City of Surprise’s Civic Center and Recreation Campus near where the City of Surprise will hold its “Surprise Party,” a large holiday community event, on Dec. 2. OUAZ will host a table at the Surprise Party and invite residents to attend the e-sports tournament.

Barnes also hopes the tournament generates interest in launching club sports at OUAZ in the near future such as e-sports, bowling, and ultimate Frisbee.

Ottawa University, a private, non-profit Christian university, has been operating in Arizona since 1977. Additional campuses are located in Phoenix and Queen Creek.

WHAT: E-Sports Call of Duty Tournament

              T-shirts, hats, keychains, headsets and drinks will be given away

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. December 2; championship will take place at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Community Room at Ottawa University Arizona
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza in Surprise

COST: Free; canned food donations for local food banks are requested

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachael Myer Curley, 480-560-3255 cell, DRA Collective

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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu