Bethel University Esports team member Cameron Napier plays Rocket League Monday, Feb. 15 at the Bendix Arena in South Bend. South Bend Tribune photo by Michael Caterina
Bethel University Esports team member Cameron Napier plays Rocket League Monday, Feb. 15 at the Bendix Arena in South Bend. South Bend Tribune photo by Michael Caterina

Cameron Napier is a two-sport athlete at Mishawaka’s Bethel University.

The freshman is a member of the soccer team and he’s also on the school’s esports team, for which he plays a game called Rocket League. There’s a connection between the on-field and off-field sports he participates in.

“Rocket League is basically soccer but with cars ... with the same objective of trying to score on the opponent,” he said.

A recent competition took place at Bendix Arena, the venue in South Bend’s Century Center that has been transformed into an esports spot, and it pitted the Bethel’s Rocket League team against a team from Mount Union College.

On this snowy Monday night, the opponents were far away in Alliance, Ohio, and the inclement weather prevented one member of Bethel’s team from reaching the area. That person had to play remotely.

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