Pied Piper Esports

In a move that embodies inclusivity and innovation, Pied Piper School has launched its first ever esports team. 

The Pied Piper esports team will bring together students with special needs alongside general education students from Alcona Community Schools, Alpena Public Schools, and Tawas Area Schools.  The Pied Piper Falcons will compete in the Unified esports League over an eight-week season.  This new program will provide an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds and abilities to collaborate, compete, and build lasting friendships.

Lauren Grulke, Pied Piper Principal, is excited for the inaugural season.  “Esports provides a unique and inclusive opportunity for students with disabilities,” Grulke said. “The virtual playing field creates new pathways for our students to redefine ability and engage with peers.”

Pied Piper School is operated by the Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District.  The initiative reflects the AMA ESD's commitment to innovative educational practices that cater to the diverse needs and interests of its students. By embracing esports, the district not only taps into the immense popularity of gaming but also leverages it as a tool for social integration and skill development.

Pied Piper School serves students who are Moderately Cognitively Impaired, Severely Cognitively Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired and Autistic Impaired. Students range in age from 3 to 26 years.