Gamers for Giving Celebrates Fourth Birthday with Non-Stop Charity Tourneys, June 18By Rick Givens | May 25, 2011 | News | No comments | Share
Is there a better way to help others than by doing something we are going to do anyway? On Saturday, June 18, video game enthusiasts from around the Midwest are invited to the Eastern Michigan University Student Center in Ypsilanti, MI to take part in one of the area’s largest video game tournaments, Gamers for Giving 2011.
Hosted by video game industry charity organization, Gamers Outreach Foundation, Gamers for Giving is a non-profit competitive gaming event that features multiple video game tournaments and special guests from the video game industry. Profits from the event are used to fund the efforts of Gamers Outreach Foundation, which builds portable video game kiosks for children’s hospitals, sends games to U.S. soldiers serving overseas, and hosts online activities benefitting various non-profits.
Headlining activities include 2-v-2 Halo Reach, 4-v-4 Call of Duty Black Ops, 1-v-1 Starcraft 2 tournaments, in addition to an all-out, 100-person “bring your own console” LAN party. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of each tournament. The event will begin Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, and will last until 10:00 PM.
“We’re really excited to be gearing up for our fourth-annual fundraising event,” says Zach Wigal, Founder, Gamers Outreach. “Gamers for Giving combines passion for video games with charitable action. It gives people an opportunity to play video games, have fun and make a difference all at the same time.”
Individuals interested in attending Gamers for Giving can find more information and register for the event’s activities at GamersforGiving.org.
Gamers Outreach Foundation is a 501©(3) video-game industry charity organization that works to use interactive entertainment in ways that improve the lives of others. The organization currently oversees three unique initiatives – funding the construction of portable gaming carts (GO Karts), sending video game care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas (Fun For Our Troops), and hosting online game nights and tournaments which benefit non-profit causes (Gaming4Others). The organization also hosts an annual video game tournament called ‘Gamers for Giving,’ which serves as a fundraiser for its efforts. For more information on Gamers Outreach, visit www.GamersOutreach.org.
I’ve worked with some of the folks at Gamers Outreach before, and they are pretty solid people doing a wonderful job. The various charities they are involved in benefit many others and give gamers the chance to shake the so called “social irresponsibility” we are sometimes mislabeled with. Besides, if you can benefit somebody else by handing out some PWNage, why not?
Donations are always accepted, you can visit the Gamers Outreach homepage for details. While cash is always appreciated, you can always donate your old games, and consoles. These will all go to the Fun For Our Troops initiative, to be sent overseas for deployed Armed Forces as a way to get in some much needed stress relief. In fact, I will make it easy for you…
Fun For Our Troops accepts new and slightly used gaming consoles, video games as well as MP3 players (new). They are currently accepting games and accessories from the following consoles…
- Sony Playstation 2
- Sony Playstation 3
- Sony PSP
- Nintendo Gamecube
- Nintendo Wii
- Nintendo DS
- Microsoft Xbox
- Microsoft Xbox 360
- PC Games – Windows 2000 and up
Here’s the easy part, you don’t have to click the link I supplied, though I encourage you to, the mailing address is right here. Start shipping! As far as those of us in the United States, donations are tax deductible, as well as the cost of shipping them, so keep track of those receipts and value, it will benefit you in the future.
Fun For Our Troops
P.O. Box 602
Newtown, PA 18940