MU esports team accepts donation from anonymous donor

9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Friday, May 03 2019 May 3, 2019 Friday, May 03, 2019 7:05:00 PM CDT May 03, 2019 in News
By: Ian Russell, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri esports team has accepted $130,000 from an anonymous donor.

Kevin Reape, head coach and general manager for the team, said the donation has been in the works for months.

“Once we announced our program, they reached out and had an incredible passion, not just for the University of Missouri, but also esports,” Reape said.

The university's varsity team currently plays video games such as League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch.

Reape said, because of the teams and goals for the program, the donor decided to invest.

“Once they saw we were entering this phase, and we were going to do it as big and as grand as we were going to, they wanted to get involved and make sure that Mizzou was at the forefront of collegiate esports,” he said.

Reape said most of the donated money will pay for scholarships.

“The funds are going to be used for a handful of things all critical to our program,” he said. “Most importantly to me is going to be the scholarships, so we are going to be able to provide students with, all of our varsity players will receive some form of scholarship.”

The donation will cover other needs as well.

“In addition to that, we will use the funds for traveling to tournaments across the country, as well as continuing renovation of our practice facility,” Reape said.

While the donor wants to maintain his anonymity, Reape did provide some background.

“They have an incredible love for the university, and they want to see the university succeed in everything that they do,” Reape said. "With Esports being such a new program, there’s a lot of potential for Mizzou to really be on the forefront of collegiate esports. They saw that and with the support they were able to provide, it sets us up to be the leaders in this space.”

More News

Grid
List
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a part-time janitor has been charged with first-degree murder after shooting and killing... More >>
3 minutes ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:13:27 AM CST February 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is a college town full of apartments and townhouses, but it wants to start giving low-income families... More >>
46 minutes ago Thursday, February 27 2020 Feb 27, 2020 Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:30:00 AM CST February 27, 2020 in News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an investigation into a multi-state E. coli outbreak they believe is linked... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:51:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An FBI agent shot someone inside a central Kansas City apartment building Wednesday but few... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:41:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State lawmakers are considering multiple bills that would legalize sports betting in the State of Missouri. Americans... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:10:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - This week state lawmakers are focusing and fighting on bills about the inclusion of the LGTBQ community.... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:53:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
ROCHEPORT - Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a crash Wednesday morning on the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport. ... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:34:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
MOKANE - Mid-Missourians living near the Missouri River are preparing for another summer of floods. "I hear it's going... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 6:10:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia and Boone County are partnering up to get everyone counted in the 2020 US Census.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:24:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boonville woman died after a two car crash on the Missouri River bridge Wednesday morning. Icy... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:36:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The new location will allow the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia to serve 50 more children at... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:16:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C (AP) - President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:07:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (CNN) - Missouri deer hunters donated nearly 350,000 pounds of venison to food banks and pantries across the... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:02:33 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman was arrested for drug possession after being struck on Highway 40 Tuesday night. Joanna... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:43:01 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who took over the state’s top post... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:11:00 PM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As the coronavirus spreads to different parts of the world, one MU student is seeing the changes in... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:55:00 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The family of Mengqi Ji, who has been missing since October and is presumed dead, released a statement... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:12:23 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Emergency responders have reported numerous crashes, slide-offs and other incidents related to slick roads Wednesday morning. One... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 26 2020 Feb 26, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:50:00 AM CST February 26, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 24°
7am 24°
8am 29°
9am 33°
10am 37°