As a rising sophomore, John Branca IV, Class of 2021, had an idea: to create an extraordinary space to bring esports to Sierra Canyon School.
Thanks to the generosity of his family, he helped design and open The Branca Center for Technology and Esports, a magnificent facility and program located on the Upper Campus. Branca, an esports champion, also founded and was the first captain of SC’s very competitive team. In addition, he has taught computer coding to underserved students in Los Angeles and volunteers with the nonprofit charity Club 42 and Coach Johnny Buc Lockwood.
Now, as a very busy senior, Branca has another vision: to bring underserved middle school students to Sierra Canyon School so that the Center can be utilized during the summer, and to teach these students technology skills and strategic thinking while also having them play esports using the state-of-the-art equipment and best-in-class peripherals. This incredible experience will provide opportunities for these students to both learn and compete, and they will be taught by Sierra Canyon students.
When asked about his plans, Branca said, “My overarching goal with all of my projects is to incorporate equity in the world of esports. With this project specifically, my goal is to promote inclusivity by supplying high-end equipment, making the activity affordable to everyone, and teaching advanced computer skills to teens who have had little access to technology.” We thank John for using his creativity and imagination to help others; although he is preparing for his future after his own graduation, his vision and legacy will continue to have a positive impact on both our school and the community at large.
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.