Over 400 gamers came together at the Extra Life Phoenix Tournament in July to raise money for the Hope Fund at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“We’re excited and honored to support the Extra Life Phoenix event to bring awareness to Phoenix Children’s Hospital through gaming and esports,” Axis Replay CEO Allie Young said. “The work they do is so important for the Phoenix community, and we’re looking forward to what the next event will bring.”
During the two-day tournament, the gamers raised $104,062 for the Hope Fund.
The Hope Fund helps support the hospital’s clinical programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct new research, expand charitable care and much more. Their purpose is to ensure the hospital can serve and treat every child who needs their help.
“COVID-19 has impacted nonprofit fundraising throughout the country,” Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer with Phoenix Children’s Foundation, said.
Extra Life started as a small-town fundraiser for a little girl in Orange, Texas, but it soon evolved into a national tournament to raise money for sick and injured children.
Gamers aged 13 and older competed July 13-19 for a spot at the final competition held in Phoenix on July 25-26. Those 432 gamers battled it out on four popular esports titles: Rocket League sponsored by Cox, Madden NFL 20 sponsored by the University of Phoenix, NBA 2K20 and Fortnite. The winners of the competition won cash prizes and played with Twitch celebrities like Markygooda, Dazerin and Satthew.
Twitch is an online service that allows video gamers to digitally stream themselves as they play their favorite video games in real-time. For the winners of this tournament, the ability to play with their idols is paramount.
“This unique event allowed the public to have a good time safely from their home while benefitting the work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which does not stop during a pandemic. We are most grateful,” Schnall said.
In addition to the tournament’s competitors and popular Twitch streamers, the online fundraiser also featured two-time Super Bowl champion Tyrone Poole and famous sportscaster Larry Ridley. They were cast members of the Madden NFL video game series.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is looking to host another esports event in November 2020.
They plan to make Extra Life an annual event to help bring more awareness to its Phoenix Children’s Foundation Hope Fund project.
For more: extra-life.org or