Hollis Leja



I came up with the idea for my story by brainstorming topics with my roommates. We were playing League of Legends when the topic of the University of Utah’s esports team came up. After looking up some background information on the topic and seeing that the U was the first university to do this it seemed like an awesome story.

One of the hardest parts was being able to find people to be able to interview. I was able to dig up a lot of information scattered about online, but had some difficulties originally finding people to interview.

When I was first thinking of the topic, I didn’t know what approach I was going to take with this story. I went over to the Entertainment Arts & Engineering building and met with Kenny Green, who is the head coach for the League of Legends team. He was nice enough to let me interview him. It wasn’t until after my interview with him and seeing his passion for the sport that I saw what direction I wanted to take with this story.

When I got home, I gathered all my research and the information from my interviews. I wanted to be able to link this cool story from the U to what was going on with the Worlds competition happening in South Korea. I really wanted to highlight how awesome it is that the U has a program like this and that this is something we should keep supporting.

This is the first article I have written, and I hope it will be able to show some of the great programs the U has to offer. I also hope to be able to watch the U’s esports team this year and cheer them on this spring.

If you want to support or watch the team you can do so by following the U’s esports Twitch channel.


I have always enjoyed hearing the story of people’s lives, the events and struggles that shaped them into the people they are today. This is what has led me to pursue a degree in strategic communication. I am currently finishing my junior year here at the University of Utah and am starting to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

My goal when I finish my degree is to be able to pursue a career in PR and marketing. When I’m not studying at school I work as a service adviser for Microsoft. I have been with the company for close to five years and have high hopes to be able to continue my career with them.

Outside of work and school I try my best to travel when I can and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Over the next few years I hope to be able to continue to develop my skills and live life to its fullest.