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NAU Esports

What is NAU Esports?

NAU Esports unites the gaming community at NAU provide a safe and inclusive environment for gamers of all backgrounds! We increase accessibility and build up future industry leaders by providing practical post-graduation experience. We actively accomplish this by providing access to high-end gaming equipment, cultivating a community for gamers across campus and online programs, creating new opportunities to compete on behalf of NAU. Additional we host local outreach events, creating channels to increase alumni engagement, and promoting academic opportunities to provide relevant industry skills.

Live Stream 

We are excited to announce that the NAU Esports Club will be going live for NAU Giving Day this year! Join us for a 24-hour livestream event on Twitch, where you can directly watch and interact with the community you're supporting. Our club members, along with competitive players and special guests, will come together to showcase their favorite games. No matter where you are in the world, you have the opportunity to tune in and be part of this thrilling event. Support NAU Esports and engage with the community live on Giving Day!

When & Where? Tune into https://www.twitch.tv/nauesportsofficial starting at midnight on NAU Giving Day for non-stop gaming action.

Achievements and Championships

The NAU Esports Club proudly stands as an active community of roughly 400 current member, representing a diverse mix of both competitive and casual gamers. Our club is not just about games; it's about creating a sense of belonging and unity among students from various backgrounds. With 103 of our members actively competing on behalf of NAU across 10 different games in 4 competitive leagues, we've demonstrated not only our passion for gaming but also our commitment to excellence and teamwork.


Over the past three years, the NAU Esports Club has celebrated significant achievements, including winning five championships across four distinct games. Our victories underscore the talent, hard work, and dedication of our members. These accomplishments include:

  • Two Time Big Sky Championships: Conquering the competition in League of Legends and Rocket League.
  • Two Time NECC Championships: Dominating in Valorant and Overwatch.
  • Electronic Gaming Federation: Achieving victory in Rocket League.

At the NAU Esports Club, we celebrate our achievements not just as wins, but as milestones in our ongoing journey to promote growth, engagement, and a sense of belonging among our students. Our club remains committed to enhancing the collegiate gaming experience, fostering a thriving community where every member can discover their potential, make lasting friendships.


Giving Day Goals:


Milestone 1: Supporting Dreams and Community Growth ($2,000)
Imagine being part of an exciting journey that sends a passionate and talented Esports team to compete on the national stage. By contributing towards our $2,000 goal, you're doing just that—half of your donation empowers our team to represent our community and compete among the best, showcasing their skills and dedication (
https://www.collegiatesmg.com/cecc). But your impact doesn't stop there. The first $2,000 will be divided, with 50% allocated to support our team's participation in the national competition, and the remaining 50% dedicated to enhancing the club's capabilities, thus enabling more students to get involved!


Milestone 2: Building a Legacy of Inclusion and belonging ($4,000)

Reaching our initial goal is just the beginning. With your help in achieving our $4,000 milestone, every additional dollar after achieving our first goal will enable future club initiatives that drive inclusivity, accessibility, and technological innovation. Your contribution empowers us to expand our reach, offering more community events, competitions, and expanding hands-on experience in the rapidly growing esports industry.


Why Your Support Matters:

Investing in NAU Esports means supporting a program that's not only a national contender but a local lifeline for students facing stress, loneliness, and the challenge of finding their place. It means backing an initiative that not only competes at the highest levels but also educates, connects, and inspires. We're building a community where technology serves as a bridge, not a barrier, where every student can access the tools and training, they need to succeed in the gaming world.

#AxeofKindness Legacy Challenge
Swing your #AxeofKindness on NAU Giving Day! Thanks to the generous support of six alumni families, your contribution can unlock $60,000 to assist students with essential needs through Louie Vouchers, Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), Louie’s Cupboard, and Blavin Scholars Programmatic Fund and First Scholars. Donating ensures that NAU students receive vital support during challenging times, covering areas such as food insecurity, financial assistance, and wellness resources, carrying on the Lumberjack legacy. Your generosity directly impacts programs providing a safe space and access to essential services. Join the Axe of Kindness Challenge today and make a difference in the lives of NAU students! WE Are Lumberjacks!
Route 66 Challenge Sponsored by Mother Road Brewing Co.
Join the Route 66 Challenge Sponsored by Mother Road Brewing Co.! Between 5-7pm MST, we aim to receive 66 gifts. Once we reach this milestone, Mother Road Brewing Co will generously donate $1001 to the NAU Society of Automotive Engineers student club. Your contribution during this timeframe can make a significant impact on our students' experiences and opportunities. Let's rev up our support and drive towards success together!
66 / 66 Gifts
The Bob Crozier NAU Foundation Board Challenge
We did it, Lumberjack Country! Thanks to your collective generosity, the NAU Foundation Board has committed support to the following areas: Charles R. and Teresa Bartels Scholarship, Lisa Bagwell Engineering Scholarship, Electrical Engineering Experiential Learning Award, Skyjacks, Student groups and Organizations General Fund, Theodore Johnson Lecture Series, Admiral Braun Leadership Endowment, Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund, The Fimea Family Endowment for Excellence in Communication, and The Lillian Jane Baker Teacher Education Fund, and Tony Tewelis.
True Blue Alumni Challenge sponsored by the NAU Alumni Association Board
Help us start off the day with our first milestone and show the Lumberjack community we are True Blue! When we reach 403 alumni gifts on #NAUGivingDay the following current and former members of the board will release a collective $8,875 in gifts: Blaise Caudill ’13; Kedren Dillard, ’00; Trina George, ’09; Carmelle Malkovich, ’03; Jana Harper, ’90; Melvin Hunter, ’10; Jim Jayne, ’91; Joe Mead, ’83; Maggie Thom, ’12; , Wayne Watson, ’84; Rick Koch, ’72; Janet Sweigart, ’83; Mary O'Driscoll, ’82; Marquitta Rippy, ’15; Eduardo Moreno, '21; Brandon Rivera, '14; Alex Gutierrez, '85 '90; Eduardo "Eddie" Moreno, '21; Nancy Serenbetz, '75; Kari" Kent, '91; and Veronica Hipolito, '97, '02 . WE Are Lumberjacks!
403 / 403 Gifts
NAU Leadership Challenge
Join our NAU campus leaders: Karen Pugliesi, John Georgas, Josh Mackey, Anika Olsen, Ann Marie deWees, Harlan Teller, and Rensu Yang on #NAUGivingDay 2024! Help us reach 1,000 gifts overall and unlock impactful support. Once we hit our goal, these university leaders will release their gifts totaling $5,250. Let's unite as Jacks and make a difference together! WE Are Lumberjacks
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Support what you love - top supported funds
Lumberjack country is supporting their favorite funds. Tracking here are the top supported funds by gift.
Rank Areas of Support Gifts
1 Essential Needs Impact Fund 112
2 Early Childhood Education Center 66
3 Women's Swim & Dive 60
4 Wellness Impact Fund 44
5 Education Opportunities Impact Fund 39
The Staff Advisory Council's Lumberjack Community of Care Challenge
Join The SAC (Staff Advisory Council) Challenge by making a gift to any fund on Giving Day and SAC leadership will donate $603 to the Employee Lumberjack Fund (ELF). For over 25 years, ELF has provided over $50,000 in aid to NAU employees during times of hardship. Your donation, no matter the amount, directly supports NAU staff facing emergencies, demonstrating our Lumberjack community's commitment to care and unity. Let's stand together and make a difference in the lives of our fellow Lumberjacks.
750 / 750 Gifts
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