You may remember that, back in October of last year, we wrote about the amazing worldwide charity gaming event that is Extra Life. Well, Extra Life 2017 is now active, and ready for participants to register for participation, and start bringing in donations for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
In case any of you are not aware, Extra Life is a worldwide gaming event, in which gamers everywhere pledge to play everything and anything from board & card games, to video games, to even outdoor games for 24 hours straight. The event is designed to raise awareness & funds for the pro bono work that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals do for families who cannot pay for sorely needed medical procedures that their children need. These kids face things like cancer, birth defects, injuries, and much more, and medical care can get very pricey.
Extra Life is in its ninth year, and participation has continued to grow steadily. Since 2008, the event has raised more than $30 Million for these hospitals, and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of slowing down.
If any of you, dear readers, want to get involved in this year’s event, the steps are easy:
- First, register on the Extra Life website. Like last year, there are two tiers for sign-up: Classic and Platinum. The Classic registration is free and allows players a few digital incentives. For those who want to really go all in, however, you can register for a Platinum account for $15, and earn higher grade unlocks & Extra Life swag.
- Second, spread the word to friends, family, co-workers, etc. Share your donation page link on social media, email, and whatever other way you can, so that folks can make a tax-deductible donation to your campaign. These donations can be either one-time or monthly pledges.
- Finally, if you are steadfast enough to take on the 24-hour gaming marathon, be ready at 8:00AM Eastern on November 4th, and play any game(s), however you want, and have a lot of fun with it. As usual, there are players/teams who broadcast their games via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Live, etc. (my team livestreamed a game of Cards Against Humanity last year), which gives donors a chance to see how much fun the event is. Most importantly, have fun & remember that this is for a great cause!
As we mentioned last year, there are quite a few gamers here on the PCU staff. A couple of us participated last year, and will do so again this year. We’d love to be able to play alongside you, dear readers. So dust off your board games, break out your d20’s, and crank up your consoles. Let’s raise some money for the kids!