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GO Karts for SIUH

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From coast to coast, our new GO Karts are rolling out to children’s hospitals across the land! Shortly before Gamers for Giving, we had the opportunity to deliver two of our new units to Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). SIUH is the first facility in the state of New York to receive our new GO Karts, and of the hospitals on our waiting list, were arguably the most patient as we worked to develop the new units!

One of the great things about our work is having the chance to meet so many inspiring individuals and organizations who actively work within pediatric hospitals, helping to make life better for patients and their families. This delivery was made possible thanks to the efforts of a group called Charity Gaming, a nonprofit which works to provide video games to hospitalized children in New York. Thanks to a live streaming marathon, as well as internal donations from supporting members of the hospital, at this very moment, two GO Karts are now rolling through the hallways of SIUH! Manhattan’s New York 1 news station even stopped by to cover the delivery!

Staff and patients were thrilled to rev up their units for the first time. Huge shout out to Charity Gaming for all their work in raising the funds to make these GO Karts a reality. We’re so proud to play a role in helping you supporting the kids of New York!

Charity Gaming’s donation has been added to our impact map on the home page and GO Kart program page of the Gamers Outreach website. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible! We hope these GO Karts make a tremendous difference at your hospital!

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And the final number is…

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Gamers for Giving 2017 has come to an end, and the results are in!

Thanks to the collective efforts of the gaming community, and after tallying donations we received at the event, we’re proud to announce the grand total raised was an incredible $315,069.00!!

This is an epic victory to be shared among everyone who supported this year’s efforts! Our entire team has been inspired. To our attendees, on-site broadcasters, and online streamers who came together in support of providing recreation to hospitalized children – WE THANK YOU!!

The end result? We’ll be able to make an incredible difference in the lives of patients and their families throughout the year – delivering more GO Karts than we’ve ever constructed before!

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Over the next couple months, we’ll be working to complete deliveries of our latest batch of new GO Karts. Once finished, we’ll then be able to exercise resources generated at Gamers for Giving to roll out GO Karts across multiple hospitals around the country.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Companies such as Lightstream, 5-Hour ENERGY, Twitch, Cables & Kits, our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, and many others came together to facilitate this weekend’s event. Their sponsorship amplified our fundraising – and we’re grateful for their commitment to our event and cause!

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An outpouring of thanks is deserved by 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 more than $90,000 raised during the event! We’re blown away by the power streamers have to impact change, and we’re honored to have their support.  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! And of course, a special shout out goes to summit1g – who raised more than $50,000 in a single day of streaming! Astonishing.

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Last but certainly not least, we owe gratitude to our army of volunteers – whose efforts can 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, and make 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 we’ve hosted to date!

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Ultimately, our hope is to place at least 1 GO Kart in every U.S. children’s hospital, providing recreation to children who otherwise may not have access to activities away from their bedside. Seeing our $200K goal crushed on Day 1 of the event was incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait for you to see the difference these resources will make within hospitals.

The support we received this past weekend was humbling, but it’s also just the beginning of our annual quest! Interested in getting involved or supporting our efforts? Be sure to swing by the Gamers Outreach Donate page to learn how you can contribute, fundraise, or volunteer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us online and at the event. We’ll see you throughout the year!

Thank You!

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Wow.

What a weekend!

Our deepest thanks to all of you who made this year’s Gamers for Giving so incredibly special. Words don’t adequately express our appreciation to everyone in the gaming community who helped DEMOLISH the $200K fundraising goal!

We plan to announce our final total at some point later this week as we wait for some donations to clear, and get a final count on everything collected at the live event.

In the meantime, our crew of volunteers are in the midst of tear down at the EMU Convocation Center, and then we’ll be catching up on some much needed sleep. We’ll see you in a few days with the GRAND TOTAL!!

Gamers for Giving 2017 IS LIVE!

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That special time of year has finally arrived. Our annual fundraising event is THIS WEEKEND!!

Here’s everything you’ll need to get involved:

  • Donate: You can support our fundraising efforts by making a donation here.
  • Watch: Our main event broadcast will go live on Twitch at 12 PM Eastern Saturday. You’ll also be able to tune in on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM Eastern.
  • Fundraise: We recently built our own 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 in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2017 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

We’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal to build GO Karts for hospitalized kids. Anything you can do to support the cause would be incredibly appreciated!!

We’ll see you on the other side!

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Gamers for Giving 2017 is THIS WEEKEND!

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We’re only a few short days away from Gamers for Giving 2017! Be sure to check the event website frequently as we roll out our final updates leading into this weekend’s big fundraiser!

Want to support the cause? Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Fundraise: We recently built our own 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 in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.
  • DonateAny amount helps! Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website, or by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org/donate.
  • Watch: Gamers Outreach will be streamed live all weekend on our Twitch channel, and with help from a variety of streamers in the gaming community. Be sure to check out our Stream page for all the details!
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2017 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 1st & 2nd!

SEA Children’s Receives 10 GO Karts

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Well fellow gamers, the long awaited day has finally arrived! Yesterday at Seattle Children’s Hospital, we hosted our first ribbon cutting ceremony for the next generation GO Karts!

In addition to christening the new GO Karts, this week also held special weight in our hearts. Coincidentally, Gamers Outreach turned 10 years old this past Monday. It was this week in 2007 when our high school Halo tournament was canceled, leading to the start of our organization. What better way to celebrate than by delivering an equivalent number of new GO Karts?

Talk about serendipity, right?

For those who’ve been following our blog posts, for the past year, we’ve been working to construct a new version of our portable gaming kiosks – affectionately known as GO Karts. Now that the process is complete, we’re in a position to build way more GO Karts, way more efficiently – which means way more hospitalized kids will have access to recreation!

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Driven by funds raised at last year’s Gamers for Giving, and donations throughout 2016, we’ve already been able to build more GO Karts than have been constructed in the entire program’s existence. Now we’re working to deliver this new batch to hospitals across the country – and yesterday we dropped our largest donation to-date at Seattle Children’s Hospital!

This particular delivery was a true community effort, pioneered by Aaron Greenberg and Team Xbox, with support from Infiniscene and the CREAG Foundation, along with streamers such as Mr_Monopoli, CrReam, Darkness429, and Stallion83. Through their efforts – 10 next generation GO Karts now exist within Seattle Children’s Hospital!

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“I have the pleasure of working with patients and their families in the ICU and often use the GO Kart system,“ said Jennifer Baker, child life specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The GO Karts have been a valuable resource in providing entertainment, distraction and normalization for these patients.  It is an honor to be receiving such a generous gift knowing how much joy these bring our patients at Seattle Children’s.”

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Aaron’s enthusiasm has been inspiring – both for our staff, and our partners. As lifelong gamers, it’s been humbling to receive such an outpouring of support from Team Xbox. We’re incredibly grateful to know this gift will be of such value to patients and staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

This contribution wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the collective gaming community. Aaron’s fundraising efforts were amplified by the team from Infiniscene, who matched more than $12,000 in donations to bring these GO Karts into existence.

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“It’s amazing to see this project come to life,” said Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal. “We’re a team of passionate gamers, and we’re thankful to support patients and their families within hospitals. To do so through a medium we love is incredibly special. ”

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With this delivery, Seattle Children’s Hospital has the most GO Karts of any healthcare facility we support – for now ;).

Our deepest thanks to everyone who supported Aaron’s campaign, to Infiniscene for generously matching donations, and to our community – for being with us these past 10 years as our cause has grown! You’ve all made an incredible difference in the lives of hospitalized children across the country! Here’s to the next 10. Let’s help others level up!

We’ll see you at the next one.

Next Generation GO Karts Race Forward

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Video game industry charity provides recreation to children undergoing hospital treatments; aims to donate 100 GO Karts in 2017

March 22, 2017 – Gamers Outreach, a 501(c)(3) organization, today announced the delivery of its next generation “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts), medical-grade gaming kiosks which provide recreation through video games to children undergoing hospital treatments. With help from Team Xbox, Gamers Outreach delivered 10 next generation Xbox GO Karts, the biggest donation in Gamers Outreach history, to Seattle Children’s Hospital. These new GO Karts come equipped with a gaming console, monitor, controllers, an assortment of games and help provide patients with a familiar social environment through gameplay. Each kiosk also has an internal lift mechanism, allowing hospital staff to adjust the height of the kiosk to their patient’s bedside. 

GO Karts are provided to hospitals across the country through individual donations and Gamers Outreach initiatives. A total of 36 first generation GO Karts currently support 19 hospitals across the United States. Gamers Outreach aims to donate 100 next generation GO Karts to hospitals this year and ultimately, place a kiosk in every children’s hospital across the country. Thirty-seven next generation GO Karts are already committed through individual donations to children’s treatment facilities. The funding commitment for a next generation GO Kart is $3,500 and includes all of the aforementioned equipment, as well as shipping, setup, and service.

“It’s amazing to see this project come to life after a year of planning,” says Gamers Outreach founder, Zach Wigal. “The GO Kart  initiative started as a one-off passion project and has grown to a program that supports patients nationwide. With our next generation of GO Karts, we’re able to deliver these kiosks more efficiently, and ultimately have a much greater impact in the lives of the kids and families going through hospitalization.”

Gamers Outreach’s annual fundraiser, Gamers For Giving, aims to raise $200,000 this year and will take place in Michigan on April 1st and 2nd. The two-day long LAN party brings thousands of players, professional gamers and Gamers Outreach supporters together at the event’s venue and through a weekend-long online stream, with a common goal of raising money to place GO Karts in hospitals.

Gamers for Giving is proudly supported by a number of partners including, but not limited to: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, truth®, and 5-Hour ENERGY. With their help, Gamers Outreach moves closer to the goals it’s committed itself to with each passing day.

Anyone can support Gamers Outreach by visiting gamersoutreach.org/donate. There, one can  make a contribution, sign-up to volunteer, or start their own fundraising campaign to donate a GO Kart to a children’s hospital in their community.

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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 by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment.

About Gamers For Giving

Founded in 2008, Gamers for Giving is a competitive gaming tournament and LAN party that helps generate resources for the initiatives of Gamers Outreach. Hosted in Michigan, the event has become one of the largest independent LAN parties in the United States. Funds raised during the event help support Gamers Outreach charity programs, such as building portable gaming carts for children in hospitals.

Let’s Raise $200K


At this year’s Gamers for Giving, we’re raising $200,000 to help build GO Karts for kids in hospitals. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation here.

Gamers Outreach is a charity that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. As an organization, our intent is to help inspire and heal patients through interactive play. For nearly a decade, we’ve been visiting healthcare facilities across the U.S., working to ensure games and technology are accessible for patients, and manageable for healthcare professionals.

Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience – especially for young people. We’ve seen it firsthand, and we’re doing everything we can to ease those burdens.

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We’ve become most known for constructing these things called “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts). GO Karts are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks deployed inside hospitals. Each cart is equipped with a gaming console, monitor, and assortment of games. The kiosks are mobile and fully secure, enabling medical staff to easily provide children with access to bedside activities.

Last year, we set a $100,000 fundraising goal in an effort to construct more GO Kart for hospitals nationwide. We ended up nearly doubling our intended goal, and raised more than $172,000.

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Due to the success of the event, we decided to make a few investments that helped us scale the GO Kart initiative. As we’ve documented in multiple blog posts throughout the past year, we’ve been able to improve the manufacturing process, and as a by-product, build a whole bunch of new GO Karts, way more efficiently. In our first batch (currently being rolled out to hospitals) we’re delivering as many GO Karts as we’ve built in the entire program’s existence. This was all made possible with the help of you – our fellow gamers.

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Now – we’re ready to go full throttle. Hospitals are actively seeking durable, reliable tools to easily manage interactive technology, and GO Karts are a proven solution for supporting patients.

Within a year, our hope is to construct at least 1 GO Kart for every U.S. children’s hospital. This can only be done with the support of the gaming community, and we’re kicking it off at Gamers for Giving 2017.

At this year’s event, we’re chasing down a $200,000 fundraising goal. This will be the largest amount we’ve ever raised in a single weekend, and will help give us the boost we need in 2017 to move forward on building our second batch of next-gen GO Karts for an array of hospitals that we’ve yet to support.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Fundraise: We recently built our own 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 in support of the big weekend’s goal! Create your first fundraising campaign here. Need artwork for your stream? Download our logo and Twitch banners here.
  • DonateAny amount helps! Donations can be made on the front page of the Gamers for Giving website, or by visiting www.GamersOutreach.org/donate.
  • Watch: Gamers Outreach will be streamed live all weekend on our Twitch channel, and with help from a variety of streamers in the gaming community. Be sure to check out our Stream page for all the details!
  • Spread the Word: Unable to make a donation, but still want to be involved? Help spread Gamers for Giving hype on social media! You can use the hashtag #GFG2017 to help promote this year’s event and encourage friends to get involved.

Whether you’re streaming from home, or joining us at the EMU Convocation Center, we look forward to having you be a part of this year’s efforts! We’ll see you on April 1st & 2nd!

Some Engadget Love for Gamers Outreach

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Photo by Tim Seppala | Engadget

Back in early 2016, we were contacted by Engadget who were interested in doing an in-depth piece on us and the work we’ve done thus far. That piece — which went live this week — could not have been done with greater care and due diligence. They visited the hospitals and spent time with the children (and staff that look after them everyday) to get a better idea of the impact that Gamers Outreach has on their day-to-day lives.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with how it came out — you can give it a read here if you haven’t already done so… And even if you have, maybe you should give it one more go. It’s a good share for anyone who’s unfamiliar with the work that we do, but may be interested in learning more. Or, for all of our wonderful volunteers, it’s worth passing on to friends and family so they can see exactly who you’ve been helping.

GO Karts Roll Out

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The long awaited day has finally come. Like birds which leave the nest, our first 2.0 GO Kart units are en route to hospitals across the United States! Fly GO Karts, fly!

Can you blame us for being sentimental? This project has been in the works since early 2016, and we’re so grateful to FINALLY begin deliveries!

Representatives from Gamers Outreach will be overseeing this first batch of GO Kart installations, ensuring all units are fully equipped and operational after they arrive to their designated location. We’re also coordinating hospital visits with donors so they can see their GO Karts firsthand, and learn how each unit will get put to use in its new home.

The new GO Karts are being shipped throughout February & March, with donor visits and dedications following between now and shortly after Gamers for Giving 2017.

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A GO Kart packed and ready to ship! We’ll post photos of the complete setup after our first delivery.

To everyone who supported this effort, THANK YOU! We can’t wait for you to see the impact these GO Karts will have for children and their families for YEARS to come! We’ll be posting plenty of photos along the way, and sharing news of each arrival!

With the deployment of these new units, we’re effectively doubling Project GO Kart’s current impact. Even so, there’s still a long way to go. The United States contains nearly 200 major children’s hospitals – and that’s not including specialized clinics or smaller practices. We need the help of the gaming community to continue this effort. It’s our goal to create equipment that will help ensure games and technology are accessible within hospitals!

Want to support our quest? Consider supporting the cause by making a donation here! Interested in helping us set up GO Karts across the U.S.? Sign up to join the Race Crew!

We’ll see you at the first delivery!