SPIRE Academy Announces the Addition of Mr. Tommy Knapp as an Esports Adjunct Lecturer

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SPIRE Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Tommy Knapp as an adjunct lecturer on the topics of leadership, relationship building and content creation within SPIRE’s esports program.

Tommy Knapp

Tommy has a unique ability to make great things happen. From the first Ultimate Gamer event in Miami in 2019, he has been able to put people and interests together effectively and build experiences that are player centric.

SPIRE Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Tommy Knapp as an adjunct lecturer on the topics of leadership, relationship building and content creation within SPIRE’s Esports program. Mr. Knapp currently serves as a Director at Ultimate Gamer Management Group, hosts the All About the Game Podcast, is a founder at Next Level Gaming, and has helped the City of Fort Lauderdale effectively engage Esports in the local community. Prior to his start in Esports, Mr. Knapp worked for more than a decade in the NFL and MLB with the Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins. He is a recognized leader in business connecting through sport, leveraging relationship capital, retention modeling and revenue conversion.

Director of Esports Robert Skinnion said, “Tommy has a unique ability to make great things happen. From the first Ultimate Gamer event in Miami in 2019, he has been able to put people and interests together effectively and build experiences that are player centric. This course will introduce SPIRE’s students to some of the top minds in the industry, while teaching students how to be effective leaders and giving them a head start with insight and mentorship from a diverse range of perspectives.”.
SPIRE Academy’s Esports program will feature in game training, professional instruction from leading industry minds like Mr. Knapp, personal training, nutrition, mental wellness support, and an accredited high school program.

ABOUT SPIRE:
SPIRE (http://www.spireinstitute.org) is one of the largest indoor, professional training and competition complexes in the world. With more than 750,000 sq. ft. under roof and a campus of 175 acres, SPIRE has the unique capacity to simultaneously host a world-renowned sports academy, clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events, no matter the weather or the season.

SPIRE Academy and its expert coaches, teachers and performance trainers offer residential camp and academy training programs in basketball, track and field, swimming, and now in Esports and drone/robotic/AI/emerging tech. The comprehensive mix of professional level training integrates athletics and academics, skills training and performance training and personal and career development in a way that has never been done before. At SPIRE, high school and post graduate athletes are all on one campus. Together, they are pursuing specialty passions ranging from basketball to e-gaming, swimming to drone racing, pole vaulting to future opportunities like culinary or cultural arts. It is an unmatched career development experience that you won't find anywhere else in the world today.

SPIRE Institute, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, is the epitome of a “real world lab” for professional, technical and health and wellness research. Like never before, student trainees and elite athletes will have the chance to train, study and be studied side-by-side with weekend warriors, wounded Veterans, Paralympians, Olympians and Special Olympians, as well as juniors , collegians and adults of all ages and ability levels. SPIRE is truly a melting pot of all things relative to long-term training and education development, and all of this delivered within a fun, healthy, and inspiring environment.

The “SPIRE Way” focused on the development of the whole self - building strong minds, strong bodies and strong character.

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