Chris Aviles

Chris Aviles

Founder & President
Garden State Esports

PANEL: The Esports Experience: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming

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Chris Aviles is a teacher for the Fair Haven school district in Fair Haven, New Jersey where he runs the renown Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015.

The Fair Haven Innovates program is Fair Haven school district’s 21st century life, innovation, and technology program for 4th to 8th graders. Chris uses social entrepreneurship to help students learn the skills they’ll need to be successful when they grow up. Students sell products that solve problems as they run real businesses that turn a real profit. Students use a percentage of these profits to give back to their community through their student-run charity FH Gives.

Part of the FH Innovates program includes the FH Knights, the first middle school esports team in the country. As coach of the FH Knights, Aviles and his players take on all comers including other middle schools, high schools, and colleges. To help other schools in New Jersey bring esports and all its benefits to students, Chris founded a nonprofit Garden State Esports.

Chris has written two books: The EdCorps Classroom and The Esports Education Playbook

You can learn along with Chris at and follow his work in scholastic esports at