Stay Plugged IN and the National Junior College Athletic Association Esports form a New Strategic Partnership

September 17, 2021

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – The National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE) and Stay Plugged IN (SPIN), an esports recruiting platform for college scholarships, announce the formation of a new strategic partnership. The parties seek to promote collegiate esports recruitment through creating programs for athletes, educators, coaches and parents across the country.

Executive Director of the NJCAAE, Jeff White states, “We have high hopes when it comes to working with SPIN and recruiting more members. Esports has such a diverse community already and we are just scratching the surface.  Events co-sponsored with SPIN will take it to the next level.”

Through this agreement, the NJCAAE and SPIN will collaborate on programming esports initiatives benefiting minorities and young women. They will also participate in joint promotional activities surrounding college recruitment and collegiate esports. The NJCAAE will incorporate its students into SPIN Showcases to provide recruitment opportunities to 4-year institutions. 

According to NJCAA Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Kevin Thomas, “Providing access to competitive gaming and building an inclusive culture that recognizes talent while encouraging, supporting, and celebrating diversity in esports is imperative as we looked to expand opportunities to communities who traditionally are not heavily involved.” 

Managing Director of SPIN, Rick Suarez adds, “Partnering with NJCAAE was an easy decision as many of their students are already familiar with the SPIN platform.  Our mission of making esports accessible to all students, while informing them on the opportunities and benefits of higher education and career pathways, is strengthened with this partnership.  We will help facilitate a pathway for all high school students to realize the opportunities presented by the hundreds of institutions under the NJCAAE umbrella.  Finally, for those already in these two-year institutions, we will facilitate the recruitment into four year institutions.” 

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About Stay Plugged IN

Stay Plugged IN (SPIN) is the premier esports recruiting platform for college scholarships. They are a Charlotte, North Carolina based esports company that services the entirety of North America. Stay Plugged IN began operations in 2020 with the goal to educate students and parents about the opportunities available to esports athletes both academically and professionally. The Esports recruits that pass through the Stay Plugged IN program are amongst the most well-rounded players and professional individuals on the market, making them the most versatile and sought-after talent in the industry. Their mantra, “Better Player. Better Person. Better Recruit.” perfectly sums up their mission of educating students to be more marketable and better prepared to best take advantage of the connections provided by Stay Plugged IN and their college network. Stay Plugged IN has fostered connections to students from four countries including the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Currently sitting as the industry leaders in providing unique and innovative esports recruiting events, projects range from online recruiting leagues, to virtual showcases, and the sole providers of esports recruiting LANs. Stay Plugged IN is the go-to source for collegiate and high school esports connections.

About NJCAA Esports 

The National Junior College Athletic Association Esports (NJCAAE), founded in 2019, is the only national esports association exclusively for two-year colleges.  The NJCAAE is committed to removing all barriers to entry into esports, enhancing high school to college recruiting for members, and creating an engagement, enrollment, and completion strategy for students and member institutions alike.  Esports participants and NJCAAE members benefit through meaningful, educational, and transformative opportunities which lead to greater retention and completion rates for participants.  Already boasting over 100-schools from all regions of the United States and Canada after just four semesters of competition, the NJCAAE is the association of choice for all 2-year schools. 


Jeff White, Executive Director of Esports

[email protected]

(719) 590-9788

For Stay Plugged IN:

Rick Suarez, Managing Director

[email protected]

(704) 507-6844