SUNY Canton Esports Class Creates Doctors Without Borders Charity Invitational


A SUNY Canton Esports Management class will be holding an online invitational live stream tournament to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

The “Gaming Without Borders” final tournament will be streamed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. It will also be broadcast online through Twitch. The event is free and open to the public. The class will be accepting donations to benefit the charity.

Joshua Civitello-King plays in SUNY Canton’s Esports Arena.
Esports Management major Joshua A. Civitello-King of Fayetteville plays in SUNY Canton’s Esports Arena. He was one of the students to help orchestrate a charity tournament for Doctors without Borders, which will be live streamed this weekend.

“I’m truly proud of the students in this class who have chosen to showcase the college’s esports program while raising money for their favorite charity,” said Charles W. Murray, SUNY Canton esports coordinator.

The event will be a culmination of preliminary matches in games including Valorant, Rocket League and Super Smash Bros Ultimate players from around New York and the SUNY Esports League.

Students from the Esports Event Management class were challenged with creating a public event, according to Nicholas C. Kocher, college lecturer for the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

“It started as a conceptual assignment for students to learn how to orchestrate and host an esports event,” Kocher said. “We wanted to create an environment for them to apply what they’ve learned to prepare them for their future careers.”

Kocher added that the students decided to include a charity fundraising component and chose Doctors Without Borders based on their familiarity with the organization.

Ashton M. Samara of Auburn, an Esports Management major who helped coordinate the event, said, “I see this as not only an incredible opportunity to help a good cause, but to also involve the broader SUNY Canton community. Giving students the opportunity to involve themselves within esports outside of the varsity program and major is invaluable to us.”

Doctors Without Borders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working on non-government humanitarian medical treatment in areas with endemic diseases, natural disasters, and ongoing conflict. They are committed to providing care to people with inclusive and impartial principles to ensure everyone gets the treatment they need, while being completely transparent about funds and their work from donors. Doctors Without Borders offers recruitment opportunities, as well as volunteers who are looking to help anyone and everyone.

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Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.