Signing with CMU

Gradey Crowe signs on to play e-sports at Central Methodist University with his parents, Kyle and Oneta Crowe (seated) and CMU E-Sports Coach Aaron Shockley, looking on.


Gradey Crowe can now brag to his mother all that time on the video game console has paid off.

Last Wednesday, Crowe, a graduating senior, became the first Palmyra High School student to sign to play on scholarship for a college e-sports team.

He will go to Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., major in criminal justice with a forensic science background and also play games like Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six for the Eagles e-sports team, which enters its second year.

“I get to tell my mom it’s not a waste of time,” Crowe smiled.  “I can play video games and make money off of it and afford my education.”

But, Crowe’s mom is probably like the majority who did not see the gaming explosion in the last decade that has made e-sports not only a way to earn college scholarship money but also a big-time professional sport around the world.

“She always told me to ‘get off (the console), I’m wasting my time,’ but now all that time put in doesn’t seem wasted,” Crowe said.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.