This coveted award recognizes individuals for a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. While elite performance in the game is important, this award is aimed at recognizing the overall impact the individual has made. Example characteristics include:

  • Impactful or notable in-game performance.
  • Evidence of good sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Community service.
  • Superior academic achievement.
  • Overcoming personal obstacles.

Player of the Month Nominees:

University Student-Athlete Nominees:

Darian Hu – University of Missouri: Darian is a flex player for Mizzou Esports, has hit the ground running since arriving to campus in August. Darian is a freshman from St. Louis, Missouri and is majoring in Computer Science. He has continued to perform well in his play throughout October and has been a great team member.

William Kim – Grand View University: William was a driving force in success at HUEFEST and really stepped up the intensity of our game play. He has been a great addition to our team this year. He also goes above and beyond in his school work to be the best all around student athlete.

High School Student-Athlete Nominees:

Ernesto Dagnino – The REAL School:  This scholar gamer has taken on a leadership role right from the start of a newly formed esports team. He has communicated positively with his teammates and opponents. Here is an example of his positivity after losing a scrimmage to another local team, “Hey really nice work from Park’s Varsity Overwatch team during scrims today. Genuinely some of the most fun I’ve had playing Overwatch in forever it was so hype. I really hope our future matches are just as hype and close as that was. I’m going to be sure I keep working with my team so that we’ll beat you guys next time we scrim or if we ever see each other in a real match. I take it on the chin.”

Devin Cortese – Washington Park High School:  Since the start of the season Devin has gone above and beyond to lift school morale by engaging with his teammates and taking the initiative whenever given the chance. He’s made himself open to teaching and mentoring many of his younger classmates, while maintaining his scholarly duties. In only his second year as an esports scholar, I’ve been able to watch this young man grow from a quiet introvert, into the driven leader you see today. Between his positive attitude and go getter mentality I believe this kid could be a great asset to the future development of technology and gaming initiatives.

Player of the Month Voting Ballot

  • Must be a current NAECAD member to cast a vote for Player of the Month.
  • Award Process for Player of the Month: Voting opens on the 5th of every month. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on the 10th of every month. Announcement of Player of the Month will be no later than 11:59 PM on the 15th of every month. All NAECAD members are entitled one vote per award that could be awarded to the student athlete within their organization. To be considered for the vote, a ballot by a NAECAD member must be submitted by the specified deadline. Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD. NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award.

Award Selection Process for Player of the Month:

  • Voting opens on the 5th of every month. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on the 10th of every month.
  • Announcement of Player of the Month will be no later than 11:59 PM on the 15th of every month.
  • All NAECAD members are entitled one vote per award that could be awarded to the student athlete within their organization.
  • To be considered for the vote, a ballot by a NAECAD member must be submitted by the specified deadline.
  • Recipients of any award must have at least one representative member from the NAECAD.
  • NAECAD members are responsible for submitting the required information by the stated deadline for consideration of any individual or team award.