Our Mission

For college-bound members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seeking a forum for competitive team gaming in a faith-supportive, non-toxic environment, the Southern Virginia University Esports Association is an intercollegiate esports program that helps team members develop academically, personally, professionally, socially, and spiritually.

Meet the Esports Directors

Student Director

My name’s Michael Daniels. I’m a gamer, born and raised. I’ve had the privilege of working in many different industries over the years ranging from hospitality to automotive to tech, but here at Southern Virginia University, I’ve been given the opportunity to pair my love for video games with my passion for entrepreneurship by launching a new esports program here on campus. I am excited to build a gaming community in a Latter-day Saint environment and to help fellow gamers follow their passions.

Michael Daniels

Program Director

My name is Jeff Swift. I am a former gaming skeptic and the current director of the Southern Virginia esports program. I earned a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media from North Carolina State University in 2014 and teach business and writing classes on campus. I am proud to work with ambitious staff and students dedicated to building a successful program that helps gather, lift, and launch our competitive esports gamers.

Jeff Swift

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