San Antonio, TX — Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 6: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, the local CMN Hospital.
Participants can sign up for the 24-hour gaming marathon at extra-life.org and invite friends, family, and fans to donate to The Children’s Hospital. The official Game Day is Nov. 6, but participants may complete their 24 hours of play whenever and however they like: all in one day, one hour a day for 24 days, etc. Players may also participate solo or on teams.
Locally, last year’s event raised $132,214 for The Children’s Hospital and helped fund numerous programs and vital research. Earlier this year, Steve G., a member of the Extra Life San Antonio Guild, also won a skateboard design contest during Extra Life United, which included a $4,000 donation to the hospital!
“Gamers intuitively transport into other worlds and are experienced problem-solvers,” said Teri Nestel, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “They passionately answer the call to raise critical funds that help heal kids. Extra Life is making a big impact on children’s hospitals, and individual gamers are making countless miracles happen for local kids and families.”
The virtual marathon is expected to involve 50,000 gamers fundraising for 170 CMN Hospitals across North America. The 2020 event raised more than $1.0 million on Game Day, contributing to the year’s total of $15.6 million. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $70 million for member hospitals. The secure donations fund the selected hospital’s greatest needs, often including pediatric medical equipment, research, therapy programs and charitable care.
Extra Life partners with some of the largest names in the gaming industry, including Twitch, Rooster Teeth, Reddit, Wizards of the Coast, Humble Bundle, Microsoft, The Bungie Foundation, and ArenaNet. While anyone can participate, many expert gamers and broadcasters live-stream their play and earn donations from followers.
Interested participants can register at Extra-Life.org, select The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio as their preferred CMN Hospital, set a fundraising goal and collect donations throughout the year for kids in need. Learn more about the local CMN Hospital and how donations are saving kids’ lives at CMNHospitals.org.
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