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Kurt Melcher

Executive Director
eSports Intersport

Kurt Melcher is the Executive Director of Esports at Intersport and Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL.  Through his efforts, RMU became the first university to recognize esports as part of the athletic department and offer athletic scholarships to gamers, helping to legitimize the world of collegiate esports. An athletic administrator and 15 years, Melcher recognized the core educational elements involved in traditional sports and believes the same hold true for esports.  Mr. Melcher’s visionary program has been highlighted in a number of prominent news sources including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, ESPN, NPR, HBO Real Sports and in the documentary film All Work All Play. 

Kurt Melcher 
Esports lead at Intersport, an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports, lifestyle and entertainment-based marketing platforms. With expertise in Sponsorship Consulting, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Customer Engagement, Content Marketing, Productions and Sports Properties, this Chicago-based Marketing & Media Solutions Company helps their clients to create ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences.
Founded the first ever collegiate varsity esports program providing athletic scholarships to talented gamers
Featured in prominent news sources including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, ESPN, NPR, HBO Real Sports and in the documentary film All Work All Play.
Presented TEDx: Gamers- The Rising Stars of Collegiate Athletics
Over 15 years of experience in collegiate athletic administration & coaching at NCAA / NAIA institutions, USSF Coaching Education B License
Current Consultant and Executive Director of Esports Robert Morris University
RMU Collegiate League of Legends - 2nd Place North America 2014/15, 2015/16

TEDx: Gamers- The Rising Stars of Collegiate Athletics
http://www.tedxnaperville.com/talks/kurt-melcher/

NPR
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/06/23/324852340/be-a-varsity-player-in-video-games?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140623

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/06/25/a-u-s-college-just-made-video-gaming-a-varsity-sport-heres-how-to-get-on-the-team/

Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-varsity-video-game-players-met-20141017-story.html
Wall Street Journal
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-college-offers-videogame-scholarships-for-league-of-legends-1409625331
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/09/technology/esports-colleges-breeding-grounds-professional-gaming.html?_r=0

Chicago Magazine
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2015/Robert-Morris-League-of-Legends/

ESPN
http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=12097064

Time Magazine
http://time.com/3756140/video-games-varsity/

HBO Real Sports
http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes/0/211-episode/synopsis/october-on-real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel.html

All Work All Play
https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/All_Work_All_Play?id=DT4b-2TsCiQ&hl=en

Polygon 50 Most Admirable Gaming People
http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/30/7379031/polygons-50-gaming-heroes-of-2014

INTERSPORT
http://www.intersportnet.com/
Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports, lifestyle and entertainment-based marketing platforms. With expertise in Sponsorship Consulting, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Customer Engagement, Content Marketing, Productions and Sports Properties, this Chicago-based Marketing & Media Solutions Company helps their clients to create ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences. To learn more about Intersport, visit www.intersportnet.com, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@IntersportBuzz).

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
www.robertmorris.edu
Robert Morris University is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-location institution offering associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs that focus on integrating theory and applications. Robert Morris University prepares students to be practitioners in their chosen fields, socially responsible to their communities, and a foundation for their families.