Fall is such an exciting time! Everyone’s stoked on pumpkin-flavored-everything, hayrides, and of course Halloween and Thanksgiving. But there’s one more event you may not know about: Extra Life.
On a beautiful autumn Saturday, tens of thousands of gamers join together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture astutely called Extra Life. Originally designed as a 24-hour marathon of gaming for charity, Extra Life has evolved to mean different things to different people, though most participants still attempt the marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital of their choosing. Participants can play anything they want, from console games, to tabletop role-playing games, mobile games, and even sports. Extra Life gives people that love to play a chance to do what they love to save lives and make a difference.
Since its birth in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than 8 million dollars, $4 million of which was raised solely in 2013! This year, in 2014, we’ve already raised over $1.6 million. The event starts October 25th, 2014 at 8am.
So, where do you come in?
Maybe you’d like to join in on the fun? Well, you can join an existing team, create your own, or fly solo! It doesn’t matter, as long as you do it “For The Kids.” All you have to do is register. I can tell you that not only is the event fun, but the community is outstanding and you really feel like you’re a part of something huge. I’ve personally been a participant of Extra Life since 2011, and it’s not just me! I’m a member of an incredible team, too. We call ourselves the Rogues Gallery. Together, we’ve raised over $3,500 since inception. Gaming is a huge part of my life—from playing them, to helping create them, to dressing up as game characters at conventions—and having this chance to do what I love, while simultaneously helping thousands of kids, is the greatest thing.
But what if games aren’t really your thing, and you still want to contribute? All teams and players will be accepting donations until November 30th for this year’s total. You can search the community here.
Aside from joining or donating, however, the most important thing you can do is share. Share Extra Life on all your social media outlets. Spread the word about this incredible event, and what it does for your local CMN hospital. The more people that know about Extra Life, the more participants and money we get. Extra Life even provides some neat social media tools on their website to help you get the word out. You can find the official Extra Life team on Facebook and Twitter, too.
From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all the families and children your efforts benefit, thank you. Without your previous and future support, Extra Life wouldn’t be what it is today. #ForTheKids!