Cloud9 Welcomes Samir Bolar as Executive Director

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Cloud9 is thrilled to welcome the newest member of our organization, Samir Bolar, as the Executive Director of Cloud9 Training Grounds! Samir brings with him a profound wealth of experience in the educational and technological sectors, and we are excited to have him at the helm of our continued development of Training Grounds as a holistic learning experience for young gamers.

Samir joins us after nearly four years at Teach for America, where he served as the Chief Impact Officer for the Bay Area region. During his tenure there, Samir helped oversee the professional development of 400 teachers across the cities of Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, and San Jose. In addition to his time with Teach for America, Samir also co-founded the national nonprofit Mastery Design Collaborative, supporting hundreds of schools in designing personalized learning models tailored to the needs and interests of students.

Encouraged by 50% user growth and 5-star ratings for Cloud9 Training Grounds over the last 3 months, Samir’s arrival to Cloud9 could not come at a better time as we look to expand access to quality youth development in Esports. As more families around the globe embrace their child’s love for competitive gaming, resources such as C9TG will ensure the next generation of gamers develop both the in-game skills needed to compete, and the mindsets that contribute to a healthier and more collaborative Esports community as a whole.  

“I am honored to join the Training Grounds team as we expand opportunities for young people to experience the joy, community, and rigor of competitive gaming within a diverse and inclusive environment. By focusing on all aspects of youth development, Training Grounds will deliver a truly interactive learning experience, designed by the pros but accessible to all. Thank you to the families, universities, schools, and youth organizations that have set the stage for continued growth in Esports education. We look forward to working with you!” – Samir Bolar, Executive Director, Training Grounds 

“As the youth esports movement continues to evolve, the knowledge of experts like Samir becomes invaluable. His decades of leadership in the education sector are going to elevate Training Grounds across the board and push the whole youth esports ecosystem in the right direction. Thrilled to see what we accomplish together.” —Jack Etienne, Cloud9 CEO & Co-Founder

We’re excited to share more details about the development of C9 Training Grounds and we hope you’ll join us in giving a big Cloud9 welcome to Samir! To stay up to date on this and all things Cloud9, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Discord, and LinkedIn.

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