John Phillips Chosen NASEF’s Scholastic Fellow, Berrien RESA works to maximize impact of esports for quality education
John Phillips chosen by Network of Academic and Scholastic Esports Federations (NASEF) for elite program of mentoring and collaboration
(BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI) – The Network of Academic and Scholastic Esports Federations
(NASEF) has selected John Phillips, Berrien RESA Technology & Innovation Consultant, as a
NASEF Scholastic Fellow. Forty-four fellows were chosen through a competitive process that
brought in applicants from around the world to participate in Year Four of the NASEF Scholastic
Fellows Program, joining more than 120 existing Fellow graduates. John has demonstrated an
enthusiastic commitment to students along with a desire to develop and refine new interest-
driven learning opportunities that connect meaningful learning to play.
“We’re thrilled to welcome John to the global community of NASEF scholastic fellows,” said
Jorrel Batac, director of the program and chief operating officer at NASEF. “The program
couples personal and professional development opportunities with guided collaboration with
peers around the world. By sharing ideas and working together, the fellows will collectively
improve the impacts of this unique educational platform – and local students will be the first to
The NASEF Fellows program is known internationally as a meaningful program that provides
esports and educational leaders the opportunity to collaborate with a global community in
developing unique pathways for young people to game and grow. Each fellow has the
opportunity to design, develop, and implement esports clubs and career pathways that empower
young people through their interests and passion around gaming and esports. John has led the
Southwest Michigan Esports League for 5 years, serving students from Berrien, Cass, Van
Buren, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Kent, and Ottawa counties. Additionally, John is one of the project
managers for a statewide esports initiative aimed to increase access to esports opportunities to
all students. This project is called Esports Amplified, and is funded by the REMC Association of
"I am absolutely flattered that the innovative work that we are doing at Berrien RESA is being recognized at an international level,” said John Phillips. “I am very excited to continue
contributing to the growth of opportunities for students locally and around the world."
See the bios of the full group on the NASEF Fellows program page.
NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to
acquire STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving
skills needed to thrive in work and in life. NASEF operates under the umbrella of the World Wide
Scholastic Esports Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The
International Esports Federation has entrusted NASEF with training and supporting its 130+
member federations as they undertake development of scholastic esports programs. Find
NASEF at NASEF.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.