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Press Release: ESL Launches “Gaming for Good” Initiative with Gamers Outreach

ESL LAUNCHES “GAMING FOR GOOD” INITIATIVE, STARTING WITH GAMERS OUTREACH PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE CHILDREN IN HOSPITALS ACCESS TO VIDEOGAMES

Under “Gaming for Good” Initiative, ESL Will Donate A Portion of Intel® Extreme Masters Chicago Ticket Sales To Gamers Outreach 

Cologne, Germany – July 11, 2019 – ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announced a partnership with Gamers Outreach, a charity organization providing gaming equipment, technology, and software to help children and teenagers cope with treatments in hospitals, as part of ESL’s new “Gaming for Good” initiative. Together, ESL and Gamers Outreach will launch an awareness, fundraising, exhibition, and integrated campaign in conjunction with Intel® Extreme Masters (IEM) Chicago on July 20-21, which will continue with various ESL events in the future.

ESL’s brand purpose is to create a world where everybody can be somebody. ESL is committed to using its position as the world’s largest esports company to demonstrate how gaming and esports can benefit great causes and organizations, such as Gamers Outreach.

“‘Gaming for Good’ is a natural progression to fulfill our brand purpose, and I believe it is important that industry leaders like ESL set the tone and use their brand for the good of society,” said Rodrigo Samwell, Chief Marketing Officer, ESL. “Partnering with Gamers Outreach will allow ESL to support children in hospitals, where gaming can help serve as a connection to the outside world, the motivation to fight a condition, and dream to become somebody. We are committed to working with Gamers Outreach to create awareness and fundraising campaigns that supports the organization’s programs through IEM Chicago and beyond. We call upon all gamers and esports athletes to join us at IEM Chicago to use gaming for good.”

Starting on July 11, ESL will host an IEM Chicago ticket fundraiser, where up to $10 from each ticket sold will be donated directly to Gamers Outreach. In addition, Gamers Outreach will have an exhibit booth onsite at IEM Chicago, where fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the charity and find out how they can volunteer. ESL and Gamers Outreach will also explore opportunities through Gamers Outreach’s Project GO Kart and Player 2 initiatives, in which volunteers build and deliver custom game stations for children that are unable to leave their hospital rooms during treatment and recovery. 

“As longtime esports enthusiasts, our team is beyond excited to work with ESL in a formal capacity,” said Zach Wigal, Founder, Gamers Outreach. “Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating experience for patients receiving treatment, but on a daily basis, we see the incredible impact games have on the lives of families. Video games are tools that help normalize healthcare environments, and our organization is committed to making video game content available and easy to manage. Games help produce a sense of joy, facilitate socialization, and can even assist with treatment. This partnership with ESL is an incredible opportunity for the community to make a difference in the lives of gamers receiving medical care. We’re proud to work with the team at ESL to raise awareness and support for Gamers Outreach programs.”

Much like ESL’s grassroots beginnings, Gamers Outreach was founded by a group of high school gamers near Ann Arbor, Michigan while volunteering at local hospitals. ESL will help to raise awareness and proceeds to support Gamers Outreach and their network of nearly 200 hospitals and more than 1.25 million children.

The partnership with Gamers Outreach is part of ESL’s “Gaming for Good” commitment to its current and planned corporate social responsibility initiatives. Gamers Outreach fundraiser tickets for IEM Chicago will go on sale on July 11. To purchase these tickets, please visit the IEM Chicago 2019 ticketing page and follow @ESL and @GamersOutreach on Twitter for the latest updates. 

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About ESL

ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments such as ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups and matchmaking systems, defining the path from zero to hero as short as possible. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports forward on a global scale. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. https://about.eslgaming.com/

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. Gamers Outreach eases those burdens through equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at www.GamersOutreach.org.

Use Creator Code: GamersOutreach

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Quick update, Gamers Outreach supporters! We’ve joined Epic’s Support-a-Creator program!

Epic’s Support-A-Creator program enables Creators to earn money from Fortnite and games in the Epic games store. In this special instance, when you use creator code “GamersOutreach” for your Epic Games purchases – you’re supporting Gamers Outreach programs!

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We’re excited to be one of the first charities involved with Epic’s Support-A-Creator program. Below are some games that allow you to support our initiatives simply by using the code…

Happy gaming, and remember to use code GamersOutreach!

Gamers Outreach & Xbox FanFest 2019

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During last year’s E3, we had the opportunity to partner with the team at Xbox in support of Gamers Outreach programs. Ticket sales from Xbox FanFest generated $20,000, enabling us to build a fleet of GO Karts for UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.  Additionally, Aaron Greenberg led a fundraising campaign in memory of Xbox Addict, which helped us place a GO Kart in Phoenix Children’s Hospital, honoring his legacy.

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This year we sat down with the Xbox team and asked: how can we make an even greater impact, not just in Los Angeles, but around the country? And how can fans be more a part of this work?

With that in mind, we’re ecstatic to share Gamers Outreach will be attending E3 2019 as the official charity partner of Xbox FanFest! Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal and Xbox FanFest lead Chris Munson recently unveiled news of the relationship, as well as our plans to fulfill GO Kart requests for current hospitals on the Gamers Outreach waiting list. You can catch the full segment below.


Proceeds from Xbox FanFest ticket sales will fund Gamers Outreach programs. This year however, the resources of the community will have a coast-to-coast impact.

Additionally, Xbox will be selling specially designed Xbox FanFest avatar shirts. Sales from these digital goods will also help raise funds in support of GO Karts for our hospital waiting list. We are happy to announce those shirts are available starting today! Between June 3 – 14, the two shirts in the Xbox Avatar store, which closely resemble the official Black and White E3 FanFest t-shirts, will be available for purchase. This coveted item will only be available for this limited time, so make sure you get yours while they’re available!

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Finally, as part of this effort, we’re encouraging Xbox fans to register as volunteers on the Gamers Outreach website. When the time comes to deliver these GO Karts, we’ll need gamers around the country to help support each unit and assemble them once they’ve arrived to their designated hospitals.

We’re incredibly grateful to the Xbox family for inviting us to be a part of their Xbox FanFest plans for another year. We’re looking forward to a spectacular E3, and can’t wait to see the impact of the gaming community fully realized!

Racing Team Supports Gamers Outreach

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For a long time now, Gamers Outreach Karts (GO Karts) have been loosely associated with racing through name alone. We refer to volunteers as members of our “race crew,” and send “tune up kits” to hospitals when new games need installed on deployed units.

Today, we’re excited to share our official entry into the world of ACTUAL racing. Gamers Outreach is partnering with professional racing consultancy / karting team Phil Giebler Racing (PGR) in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized patients!

Based in Anaheim, California – PGR was established in 2010 to bring higher, more professional standards to karting, with the goal of developing young and emerging talent in tomorrow’s IndyCar, NASCAR, and Formula 1 drivers.

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For those unfamiliar with the world of racing: karting is the bedrock for most all professional drivers. It’s through karting young racers develop the necessary skills to compete in professional class events (just like Forza, but in real life).

We’ll be working with the PGR team to raise awareness and funding in support of Gamers Outreach programs during an assortment of their upcoming events – one of which included their 2019 kickoff with 2009 Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button (see video below)!


What’s more: one of the team’s drivers, Nicky Hays, is repping Gamers Outreach on his Formula 4 vehicle as he works his way to the top of the racing ladder throughout Europe and here in the states! We’ll be posting about Nicky’s racing accomplishments occasionally on social, because honestly, how cool is it knowing the Gamers Outreach logo is on a race car!?

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We’re proud to share the PGR crew has already funded a GO Kart through their 2019 kickoff event, and we can’t wait to deliver the unit to a hospital in SoCal!

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We’re excited to see this crossover integration develop, and look forward to being a part of PGR events! If you’re ever interested in joining us at the track, drop a line over to our contact@ box with the subject line “Let’s race!” We’re hoping to organize a few track days with our supporters in the future!

A big thanks go out to the PGR crew for supporting our work in hospitals. We hope to see you on the grid!

FaZe Cizzorz visits UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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Back in January, Cizzorz of FaZe Clan (known recently for his Fortnite “Death Runs”) powered up his Twitch stream to announce he’d be hosting a charity marathon in support of Gamers Outreach programs. His goal? Build as many GO Karts for UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital as possible.

After a 12+ hour broadcast, Cizzorz and his community not only created a new Fortnite run, but generated $18,251 for Gamers Outreach! That amount was enough to build 5 GO Karts, capable of supporting 11,000 children per year!

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Just a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit UCLA Mattel where Cizzorz had the chance to see his fundraising efforts come to fruition. A group of kids waited eagerly in the hospital’s teen center – ready to game – aware they were being visited by a special guest. With a smile from ear to ear, Cizzorz walked through the door and not only saw his community’s GO Karts, but shared in the joy of gaming with children at the hospital.

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The portability of GO Karts allow them to go from room to room – a huge perk for patients who are stuck during long term treatment. Cizzorz was able to meet with a young man named Jack, who’s currently going through such an experience, and also happens to be really good at Rocket League.

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Kelli Carroll, a Child Life program director at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital tells us “this is why gaming is really important for our patients – it provides distraction, a creative outlet and social interaction (be it online or in person) for kids who are unable to physically be present in our play spaces”.

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Our team is incredibly grateful to do this work, and it’s wonderful to be able to bring content creators like Cizzorz into the hospital environment to spread the sense of community games are capable of facilitating.

Big thanks to the team at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital for helping to host this visit, and of course, to Cizzorz and his community for the epic GO Kart delivery! GG WP.

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Gamers for Giving – 2019 Grand Total

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We’re so grateful to all the gamers who supported this past weekend’s fundraising efforts at Gamers for Giving. This year’s $500K goal was our largest target to-date, and the community once again demonstrated its generosity. What an incredible 11th anniversary.

Through ticket sales, merch, onsite donations, PDX LAN, sponsorship, and contributions generated via stream broadcasts – Gamers for Giving 2019 has generated an astounding $637,311 in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children!!!

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Our entire crew is so grateful for the benevolence of the gaming community during this past weekend’s event. The funds you’ve helped raise will make A MASSIVE impact for patients receiving treatment in hospitals. We estimate these new resources will help us support as many as 398,000 more children each year. That’s a HUGE win for kids in hospitals!

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We’re so proud to do this work, and can’t wait for you to see the difference made thanks to this single event. There are thousands of hospitals across the United States alone, and we’re determined to support patients in every single one!

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To everyone who attended, competed, streamed, donated, or spread the word – from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!! It wouldn’t have happened without your help.

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Of course, hosting this event would be exceedingly difficult if it weren’t for the support of our sponsors and partners. Companies such as Lightstream, Gamer Advantage, Twitch and many others helped make it all possible. We’re thankful for their commitment to our event and cause!

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We were also proud to be a part of the HCS Grassroots program. Halo holds a special place in our hearts, and it was wonderful to kick off our next decade the same way our first began – with a Halo 3 tournament / LAN party. Congratulations to Therapy Works for taking 1st place! And special thanks to our friends at MLG, ASUS, Beyond, ASTRO, 343, Mad City, and Bluewater for helping bring the competition to life!

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An outpouring of thanks is owed to our streamers – who rallied their communities to help us tackle the weekend’s big goal. Collectively, our on-site stream team’s efforts accounted for almost $222,000 raised during the event! We’re blown away by the power streamers have to impact change, and it’s always a joy to host them as our guests during Gamers for Giving.

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Streaming platforms like Twitch have enabled gamers to raise awareness and funding for causes like never before. It’s truly remarkable witnessing the difference gamers can make through online broadcasts! A special shout out goes to Spofie who was able to raise more than $25,000 (!!!) for GO Karts with help from her viewers! And of course, we have to give credit to Jacksepticeye, whose community raised more than $154,000 leading into this year’s event!

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Last but certainly not least, we owe gratitude to our army of volunteers – whose efforts never go unnoticed at Gamers for Giving. It’s thanks to their generosity Gamers for Giving is a reality. Our crew spends numerous hours throughout the year gathering resources and equipment to bring our annual fundraising event to fruition. Many sacrifice vacation days and time with friends/family to create our event each year – all in the name of making a difference in the lives of hospitalized kids. To all our volunteers – THANK YOU for making this year’s event the most successful Gamers for Giving so far!!

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Photos will be posted in the coming days on the Gamers Outreach Facebook page.

Interested in staying involved with Gamers Outreach programs throughout the year? Be sure to check out our website www.GamersOutreach.org, to keep up with all the latest updates as we work to make video games accessible to hospitalized children! Anyone can start a fundraising campaign at any time throughout the year in support of providing recreation to children in their local hospitals.

From all of us at Gamers Outreach, thank you again to everyone involved!! We’ll see you at the next one!

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Gamers for Giving is THIS WEEKEND!

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Can you believe it??? Our 11th annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser is happening THIS WEEKEND!

On March 23rd & 24th, we’ll be taking over the EMU Convocation Center to chase down a $500,000 fundraising goal in support of providing entertainment to hospitalized children!

If we can reach the target, these funds could enable us to support as many as 365,000 more kids EACH YEAR!

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Here’s how you can help this weekend:

  • Fundraise: This year, we’ve partnered with Tiltify.com, a fundraising platform which allows gamers to stream in support of Gamers Outreach programs! You can start a general fundraiser, or even rally your community to construct GO Karts for a hospital of your preference. Not a streamer? No sweat! You can still use the platform to reach out to friends, family, or colleagues. Launch or support a Gamers for Giving campaign here.
  • Donate: Any amount helps! Donations can be made on our Tiltify portal here!
  • Watch: Head over to our Twitch channel to catch tournament action from our HCS Grassroots event and updates from the show floor! We’ll be live both Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM – 8 PM eastern! We also have a whole bunch of wonderful content creators fundraising in support of the cause!
  • Spread the word: Help share Gamers for Giving hype on social media! Sharing our cause with friends or plugging the stream broadcast can go a long way in building support! Be sure to use our event hashtag #GFG2019!

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If you’re attending the event in-person, we’ll have an assortment of raffle prizes and Gamers Outreach swag available for donors. Attendees may purchase raffle tickets for $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20.

And finally, Gamers for Giving wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors. Please be sure to give them some appreciation for helping us produce this year’s fundraiser!

We’ll see you on March 23rd & 24th at the EMU Convocation Center!

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Gamers Outreach on CNN

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Exciting news, Gamers Outreach community! Our founder Zach Wigal has been named a 2019 CNN Hero!

CNN Heroes celebrates “everyday people changing the world,” each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference.

Wigal, who founded Gamers Outreach in 2007, is representing our cause as part of this year’s list of nonprofit change agents.

As a team, we’re proud to share this honor with our volunteers and donors who make a difference for kids in hospitals every day! We hope this recognition is of benefit to the families we work to support in healthcare facilities nationwide.

You can check out the full article / videos on CNN’s website here.

As of this blog post, our annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser in is two weeks (great timing)! We hope you’ll join us at the EMU Convocation Center on March 23rd & 24th to celebrate this victory, and help make an even bigger difference for hospitalized children!

Dev Team Expansion: Welcome Jeff Royle

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In late 2016, we announced the creation of “The Dev Team” (Dev Team). Analogous to an advisory board, our Dev Team will comprise game industry veterans, medical professionals, and corporate leaders dedicated to advancing Gamers Outreach programs through fundraising, advocacy, and guidance.

The Dev Team exists to support directors and staff within Gamers Outreach. They help lead development efforts which grow the impact of Gamers Outreach activities. Their involvement provides our team with a valuable third-party perspective on internal discussions, and their passion for our cause helps rally community action.

This year, we’re hoping to welcome between 3 – 5 new members to our Dev Team to join existing member, Scott “SirScoots” Smith. It’s our intent to cultivate an advisory board comprised of professionals from a wide range of disciplines (both within and outside the gaming industry).

We’ve outlined a few key qualities to guide our consideration of candidates. Dev Team members must be/have…

  • Senior-level professionals with experience working in gaming, medical, or corporate environments.
  • Record of securing grants, sponsorship, or external resources for programs, corporate initiatives, or services.
  • Demonstrated excellence in forming relationships that advanced a particular program, company, or cause.
  • Exemplary leadership skills. Dev Team members must be able to foster a team environment and work collaboratively when necessary.
  • Dev Team members are effective communicators, able to identify areas for improvement, and help advance the organization’s mission.

With that said, today we’re excited to welcome our newest Dev Team member, Jeff Royle.

Jeff is a game industry veteran with over 21 years of experience in business development and game developer relations. Throughout his career, he’s held positions with AMD, Razer, and most recently – NZXT & Lightstream (two sponsors of Gamers Outreach). Jeff has driven product and software partnerships with the likes of Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Epic, Bethesda, Valve, Rockstar, 2K, Wargaming, SquareEnix, and Razer – to name a few.

“When I first learned about Gamers Outreach, and then later had the opportunity to visit one of the hospitals that had received GO Karts, I saw firsthand how much impact these devices have for children staying in care facilities,” said Jeff. “Not only do games provide entertainment and a way to connect with friends and family, but more importantly, they help patients heal and not feel isolated in what can be a scary and overwhelming experience. I’ve been fortunate to be part of the video game industry for over 20 years. I’ve seen many smiling faces from players who get to enjoy the games we help create. Getting involved with Gamers Outreach was an easy choice for me. I want to help bring smiles to the faces of those who may need it most.”

“We’re thrilled to formally welcome Jeff to Gamers Outreach,” said Zach Wigal, founder of Gamers Outreach. “His experience in the industry brings a deep level of insight which will surely be valuable as we continue to bring entertainment to hospitalized patients.”

We’re so glad Jeff is part of the team and look forward to having his guidance as we continue to help others level up! Welcome, Jeff!

Leveling Up Metro Detroit

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Exciting news to share, Gamers Outreach supporters! Hospitals throughout our home state are getting a video game upgrade thanks to sponsorship from Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers!

During the month of February, we’ll be rolling out 17 GO Karts to healthcare facilities in southeast Michigan! If an average of 6 – 8 children benefit from each unit per day, it’s possible this fleet of GO Karts could impact as many as 40,000 kids per year!!

As of this blog post, the first 8 units have already been delivered to hospitals throughout the Beaumont Health Network. We had the opportunity to celebrate alongside staff and children at the Royal Oak location just last week.

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At the celebration, we listened to doctors and staff discuss the importance of recreation during a patient’s stay at the hospital. Video games are an incredible tool for healthcare professionals. As we’ve seen firsthand, they’re a source of entertainment, socialization, and distraction. These 17 GO Karts will be of immense benefit for children throughout southeast Michigan for years to come.

Of course, we had to take the GO Karts for a test run. It was a blast playing games with patients and child life specialists throughout the day.

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We’re so grateful to the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers for helping us expand Gamers Outreach programs throughout the state of Michigan. The full press release with details on this incredible sponsorship can be found below.

Thank you Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers!!

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Saline Mich., January 28, 2019 – Gamers Outreach — a nonprofit organization that provides video game equipment, technology and software to help kids cope during hospital stays — and the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association (MDCDA) have joined forces to provide recreation and healing therapy to pediatric patients using the power of video games. Through a unique sponsorship from the MDCDA, a total of 17 GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts) will be delivered to children’s hospitals throughout the Metro Detroit area during the month of February. The first drop off occurs at the Children’s Miracle Network Garden of Beaumont Royal Oak with a special ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, January 30th at 1:00pm.

GO Karts are portable video game kiosks built specifically for the hospital environment. Each unit is equipped with a video game console, monitor, controllers and an assortment of games. The kiosks assist hospital staff in providing patients with access to entertainment and are especially beneficial for children who are unable to leave their rooms during extended treatment. It’s estimated that between six to eight children benefit from a single unit each day.

According to Zach Wigal, Founder of Gamers Outreach, the delivery of 17 GO Karts from the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association represents one of the largest to date and could collectively impact more than 40,000 kids and their families annually.

“We’re so grateful to work with the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers in support of hospitalized patients and healthcare facilities throughout southeastern Michigan,” Wigal said. “Our organization is focused on improving a patient’s quality of life during treatment, and we believe having access to entertainment and recreation aids the recovery process. This generous sponsorship will allow Gamers Outreach to provide GO Karts to hospitals throughout the Metro Detroit region, bringing joy to thousands of patients for years to come!”

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“Video gaming takes on a new purpose when it helps children cope with extended hospital visits and treatments,” said John Fox, President of MDCDA. “The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Association is thrilled to provide ongoing support through our sponsorship of Gamers Outreach and its mission. As we continue our work to put a GO Kart gaming unit in as many hospitals throughout Metro Detroit as we can, we know kids will appreciate that they can forget about their clinical surroundings for a bit and focus on the fun.”

Gamers Outreach exists to address the special need for age-appropriate entertainment within children’s hospitals. Founded in Saline, Michigan, the organization supports nearly 200 hospitals across the United States.

About Gamers Outreach

 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. Gamers Outreach eases those burdens through equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment. More information can be found at www.GamersOutreach.org. 

About Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (MDCD)

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Local Marketing Association (LMA) is comprised of 38 Chevrolet dealerships in Southeastern Michigan. It is the MDCD mission to take an active role in local communities and to support the Metro Detroit area by featuring local events, venues, bands, charities and people in its marketing and community outreach campaigns. For a complete listing of the 38 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and other information please visit chevydetroit.com.