ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30:ESPN logo inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium before the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl between the Michigan State Spartans and the Pitt Panthers on December 30,2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UNCC professor and statistician for ESPN John Tobias, wants to create diversity in sports analytics and he says that it is something that is personal to him.  Tobias says sports analytics is a booming industry, currently valued at $1 billion. In the next five years, he says it’s expected to grow to $6 billion.

Strength in Numbers, which is Tobias’ non profit organization, hosted a free sports analytics summer camp on UNC Charlotte’s Center City campus in uptown Charlotte over the last week.

The camp was open to high school students. The hope is they are able to take what they’ve learned and apply it at the secondary level — choosing a career in sports analytics.

On Tuesday, students broke down numbers in the National Football League (NFL). There was also a speaker from the Carolina Panthers. Wednesday, there was a mock NBA Draft and press conference students participated in.

“Day three, they ended up being on ESPN to where it was like a ‘First Take’ debate, to where they ended up arguing but it has to be based on data,” Tobias said.

The week concluded with students learning about esports.  Next week, camp will the camp will take place in Los Angeles, followed by New York City. Tobias says the camp will end on Aug. 3 in Minneapolis.