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When we think of the typical athlete, we think a player on a field or court, runner and jumper on a track or swimmer in a pool. The newest emerging athlete is not one you will find in any of these places. No this athlete — though no less serious or committed to his or her sport — can be found behind a computer engaging with teammates in a nonphysical way. This is the world of Esports, and some Palm Springs Unified secondary students are embracing the opportunity to hone their skills and compete for prizes, cash and even full-ride college scholarships.

“Our hope is to connect with a community of students that sometimes feel ignored and shed light on their skills and achievements through esports,”

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