Gamers Outreach Helps Gamers "Level Up!"

Jeff Kotuby,

April 19, 2018 2:20 PM

Gamers Outreach has been assisting children facing life-threatening illnesses in long-term care since 2009. We look at GO, as well as their big annual fundraiser, "Gamers for Giving" set to kick off on April 28th, 2018.

According to their website, Gamers Outreach is, “...a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. [They] ease those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment.” Like many of the other charities we’ve covered in the past, Gamers Outreach is dedicated to helping sick children through the most rigorous challenges of their lives. However, Gamers Outreach does this a bit differently than others.

In 2009, the group approached Mott Children’s Hospital in their hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with the intention to deliver as many video games as possible to kids within their facilities. What evolved from that mission is what makes Gamers Outreach truly unique.

“GO Karts” are pieces of technology Gamers Outreach built as a coping mechanism for children during long-term hospitalization. Created along with hospital staff, to give kids the ability to play video games, watch movies, or socialize with friends and family who are outside the hospital. Each GO Kart is equipped with a gaming monitor, console, and games, and can be easily and efficiently moved around to meet the needs of each individual patient. GO Karts are currently found in more than 40 hospitals nationwide, with the expectation to be in nearly 200 by mid-2018. Each cart serves just over 2,900 kids each year, so these little guys are delivering a ton of smiles!

Gamers for Giving

Each year, Gamers Outreach hosts their “Gamers for Giving” charity event. Founded in 2008, the event hosts competitive gaming tournaments, streaming marathons, and LAN parties all in the name of raising awareness and funds for Gamers Outreach. The 2018 campaign takes place on April 28-29 at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center will feature tournaments for PUBG, Overwatch, League of Legends, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Starcraft II, Halo 5, Call of Duty WWII, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. You can check out the tournaments by visiting the official Gamers Outreach Twitch channel. Interested parties can also donate to the campaign through the event’s website, where a $350,000 goal is set, that could double to $700,000 thanks to a sponsor-matching commitment from PUBG, or by hosting their own campaign through the Gamers Outreach fundraising portal. Visit https://fundraise.gamersoutreach.org/ to learn more.

For more profiles of our “Giving Gamers” check out our interview with Child’s Play executive director Travis Eriksen!



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