NECC Nominated for Prestigious Award Recognizing Orgs that Advocate for the Advancement of Women and the LGBTQIA+ Community in Gaming


MANSFIELD, Mass. - The National Esports Collegiate Conference (NECC) was recently notified that it had been nominated for an inclusivity award by the *gameHers. The conference has been nominated in the Belong Gaming Most Inclusive Org Award category. Additionally, Caroline Shaw, a member of the NECC staff, was nominated in the Rising Star: Best Intern category. Caroline, better known as sgkcarol, serves as one of the NECC's community managers and is also one of the NECC's Overwatch game managers.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates and recognizes exceptional efforts by women and femme-identifying people in the industry and organizations devoted to supporting and championing those efforts. The awards will be announced in November during a live stream ceremony on the *gameHERS twitch channel which can be found at

"I'm so honored to have been nominated for a *gameHERS award," stated Shaw. "Esports is my passion, and I'm happy to know that I'm making a positive difference as a woman in the industry!"

The Most Inclusive Org Award honors the Esports Organization that passionately advocates for the advancement of women and the LGBTQIA+ community in the gaming space. They proudly have ambassadors, talent and professional players who are role models in the space. They dedicate events, social media, charity and more towards the advancement of women in the space.

"We're truly honored to be nominated for this award," said NECC Commissioner Jacob VanRyn. "Since we started the NECC, our main objective has been to promote an inclusive and welcoming community in the collegiate space. Not only are we proud to have a number of women in leadership roles at the NECC, but we wouldn't be where we are without their efforts. I'm excited for Caroline on her nomination and I'm not surprised at all that she was nominated in that category as she truly is a rising star in the field. We're extremely lucky to have her on our team. We're humbled by the nomination and would like to thank the *gameHERS for their continuing efforts in this space."

The NECC is set to begin it's fall season later this month. The conference is sponsoring league play in five core titles (League of Legends, Overwatch, Rainbow Six, Rocket League, and Valorant) this semester and will also be offering tournament-style play in Hearthstone, Madden, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

For more information about the NECC, please contact Jacob VanRyn at


The NECC began sponsoring esports in the fall of 2020. The NECC is currently sponsoring both regular season competition and championships across a wide variety of titles. The conference aims to serve the gaming community with respect and is a safe and inclusive environment. With more than 125 colleges and universities currently competing in the conference, the NECC is proud to be a positive home for the collegiate gaming community. 

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