A nonprofit founded by teachers for students, the Garden State Esports mission is to create high-quality, student-centered experiences through scholastic esports by providing the learning, competition, and the community needed for ALL students to use esports as a platform to grow.




While we love creating fun and rewarding competitive experiences for students, scholastic esports is about more than just gaming. Our vision is to use esports as a platform for students to learn what’s important:


Garden State Esports will empower students and coaches to create safe, inclusive spaces for everyone and teach them how to protect those spaces through self-advocacy and bystander intervention training.


Garden State Esports will help coaches and students make the connections among gaming, social & emotional learning, health & wellness, and digital citizenship.


Garden State Esports will provide opportunities for students to learn about career pathways by leveraging collegiate and professional partnerships as well as teach coaches how to create hands-on experiences with jobs in the esports ecosystem.


Garden State Esports will work directly with all stakeholders of a school district to align their goals and strategic plan with our vision, but we also know that growing game-changing students doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We are committed to supporting community organizations like libraries, religious & community centers, and after-school programs who want to use esports as a powerful teaching tool.


Core Values


Learning » We connect learning and play in and out of the classroom so that students, educators, and families experience the real-world value of education through interest-driven learning.


Opportunity » We value safe and engaging opportunities for all students to connect, play, learn, and grow.


Community » We believe fostering a strong community of interconnected scholastic athletes who demonstrate leadership, accountability, commitment, and teamwork is good for students, schools, and all of New Jersey.


Diversity » We develop strong character and self-identity so that all participants celebrate individuality and differences.

Why Join GSE?

Run By NJ Educators For NJ Schools And Students

GSE isn’t our job, it’s our passion. Everyone at GSE is a full-time NJ educator. Together we have 200+ years combined teaching experience. We know your schools, we know your kids, and we know how to help make esports meet the learning goals of your school district.

Play Against Local Teams Using A Familiar Schedule

GSE does all the scheduling and match making so schools don’t have to. We group all GSE teams into their traditional athletic conferences to make sure they play against schools they’ve heard of! Our three season schedule follows the New Jersey athletic schedule that schools and students are used to.

Earn Varsity Letters

195 colleges are offering more than $16 million in esports scholarships for talented players and support staff. Every college and university in NJ has an esports program. GSE will work with your district to develop criteria to make sure your esports team is varsity letter eligible and stakeholders understand all the post-secondary opportunities available to students.

Supported by NJ DoE and School Boards Association

We are proud to have the support of the NJ Dept. of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association. Check out our latest webinar on why your district should join Garden State Esports here.

Free To Join. Free To Play. Always.

Our bottom line will always be to your students, not to investors. All GSE competitions, resources, and events will always be free. During the 2021-2022 school year alone, schools saved over $210,000 in for-profit league dues by joining Garden State Esports!

Hands-on Career and Technical Education Program

Many GSE student-athletes dream of going pro, and that’s great, but having a backup plan is important. That’s why we offer an in-depth, hands-on Career and Technical Education program called CODEC. CODEC, or Career Oriented Disciplines in Esports Curriculum, is our NJ standards-aligned CTE curricula. We also host industry-focused events and workshops, and work with all stakeholders so they understand the college and career pathways available to students in the esports ecosystem. We even offer parent workshops!

Help Students Grow Socially and Emotionally

Our CASEL-aligned, Rutgers-studied social and emotional learning curriculum, EPPIC, will help your kids develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions all through the power of competitive gaming!

The Team

Founder & Presidente

Chris Aviles

Vice President

Regina Schaffer

Founder and Advisor

Steve Isaacs

Director Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

Dr. Matt Strobel

Director of Career and Technical Education

Jim McKowen

Director of Programming

Alyssa Miller

Code Coordinator

Traci Sellers

SEL Team Member

Amanda Pallitto

Military Liason

William J Boyle Jr SFC, USA

Director of Content Creation

LeAnna Urenko

SEL Team Member

Phil Strobel

Director of Coaching and College Partnerships

Joshua Case

IT Support

Chris Boehmer

SEL Team Member

Esteban Mena