Local teen earns college scholarship for competitive gaming

Local teen earns college scholarship for competitive gaming


PARENTS ARE OFTEN TELLING THEIR TEENS TO PUT DOWN THE VIDEO GAMES… BUT THEY MAY BE RE-THINKING THAT TONIGHT…BROOKE, JACE, VIDEO GAMES ARE TYPICALLY VIEWED AS A COMMON HOBBY. BUT IMAGINE GETTING A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP TO PLAY ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE GAMES. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT GRIFFIN GRAGGERO WILL BE DOING THIS FALL. ON A SCHOLARSHIP– THAT ONLY A HANDFUL OF KANSAS COLLEGES OFFER. LIKE MANY TEENS, GRIFFIN GAGGERO LOVES VIDEO GAMES.SO WHEN GRIFFIN LEARNED HE COULD TURN HIS PASSION FOR VIDEO GAMES INTO A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP — IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY HE COULDN’T PASS UP. “I’d say for the past couple years now, I’ve had ambitions to be a pro gamer, but when I saw this opportunity open up, it just didn’t seem real.” IN THE FALL, HE’LL BE ATTENDING COFFEYVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN KANSAS ON AN E-SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP. WHEN HIS TEACHER JACOB TAPIA HEARD THE NEWS, HE WAS EXCITED FOR GRIFFIN — AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR OTHER STUDENTS. “A lot of the kids that play these games, they don’t really see a whole lot of value in going to college because there’s not a lot for them to do. But this gives them a buy in into the college dynamic.” ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE E- SPORTS, OVER ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SCHOOLS OFFER AN E-SPORTS PROGRAM WITH AND OVER THREE THOUSAND STUDENT PARTICIPATE. SO FAR, OVER FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS IN E- SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED. SO HOW DO E- SPORTS WORK? ACCORDING TO GRIFFIN, IT’S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SPORT. “When you’re a competitive video gamer, you play one game and one game only. A lot of people I’ve talked to are like ‘what games do you play?’ and I tell them one game, they’re like that’s it? It’s like yeah, the same way a baseball player only plays baseball.” GRIFFIN SAYS HE ENCOURAGES OTHER GAMERS TO FOLLOW THEIR PASSION BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE IT MIGHT LEAD YOU.WHEN I ASKED GRIFFIN HOW HE FINDS THE BALANCE BETWEEN PRACTICING AND GAMING EXCESSIVELY — HE SAYS HIS PARENTS PLAY A BIG ROLE IN HELPING HIM MAKE SURE HE KEEPS HIS GRADES UP AND GETS ENOUGH SLEEP. REPORTING LIVE FROM WEST TOPEKA, REINA GARCIA. KSNT NEWS.###

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