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Esports Coming to Howard Community College in Fall 2020

New Athletics Team to Be First at Community College in Maryland
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Update: The Baltimore Sun showcased HCC's new esports program in a recent article. If you are interested in participating in HCC's esports program, fill out our prospective student athletes form.

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) will launch esports as its newest athletics program for the fall 2020 season. After accepting an invitation to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) esports league, HCC is now the first Maryland community college to hold a collegiate esports team membership.

“The Athletics Department is excited to offer future students a highly competitive and growing sport,” said Erin Foley, director of athletics. “Esports offers a new opportunity to become a Dragon student-athlete and build a new program.”

HCC will start the season with the multiplayer games Overwatch and League of Legends, and student-athletes will compete remotely during the fall. Rocket League, another highly popular multiplayer game, will be added in the spring 2021 season.

The NECC is an NCAA Division III athletic conference that launched an esports league this year. In addition to the eight standing member schools of the conference, the NECC has invited 12 other schools to join, including colleges from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) athletic conferences.

Current high school or college students interested in attending Howard Community College to play Esports are invited to fill out the prospective student-athlete form located at For questions, contact Mark Winkel at or call 443-518-4684.

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