Des Moines, IA. – Chris Winkel of Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, has been named the college NAECAD Player of the Month for November 2020. Peter Heroux of Saint John's Preparatory School, Stearns County, MN, has been named the high school NAECAD Player of the Month for November 2020 the NAECAD national office announced Friday.
Oklahoma City University senior Chris Winkel has led his team from being five individuals to a cohesive unit. Paul Vaughan, Esports Coordinator for OCU and NAECAD member, said this about Chris, “He has led his team that had very little competitive knowledge of the game and turned into a national contender, placing top 12 in the TESPA squads tournament and putting OCU on the map at a national level. His passion for representing the school competitively is unrivaled, going into every match truly believing OCU can win and constantly reminding his teammates to “gas each other up” as they play tougher and tougher opponents.” Chris is the living proof that strong student leaders have the ability to change the landscape of a game at the collegiate level singlehandedly.
Peter "El Bloop" Heroux, a junior at Saint John’s Preparatory School, founded the Rocket League team at Saint John's Prep last year. Over the last year, he has set up tutoring sessions and done VOD reviews for his teammates, and even hosted his own tournament with prizes he purchased to recruit and improve the level of play. This season, he has led his teammates in scoring and saves. They are currently undefeated in the Minnesota State Varsity League, and are 3-1 in their regional league. Charles Miller, Head Esports Coach and NAECAD member, said this about Peter, “Peter is not only a Grandmaster Rocket League player, he is also a welcoming and friendly teammate, encouraging new players to join him regardless of their ability.”
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
Each month, players are nominated by NAECAD members and selected by members of the NAECAD Achievement Recognition Advisory Subcommittee. One Player of the Month will be recognized each month (September – April).
The Player of the Month recipients are eligible for nomination of the Player of the Year award. The individual receiving the Player of the Year award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention each year. The individuals receiving the Player of the Month award will be recognized at the NAECAD National Convention each year. Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will be eligible for nomination of All-American status. Student athletes receiving the top ten most votes will be recognized at both the high school and the university levels for All-American status. The individuals receiving All-American status will be recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.