UPDATE: Extra Life 2021 is Nov. 6-7. This year’s Cascadian Gamers team again will be 100% virtual due to (gestures wildly) ‘all this.’ The annual SuperMegaRaffle (tm) is back as always. See below for more information.
Even as Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers attempt to move past each other in the MLS Cup playoffs, supporters of each club are showing that they can unite away from the banter to do some good in their communities.
Perhaps enemies on match day but friends away from the pitch, the Cascadian Gamers group is the combination of supporters from each of the Pacific Northwest teams. Originally starting in 2014 with just a handful of friends, the group’s ranks have grown and the fundraising goal gets larger. Since that first event the team has raised over $320,000 and in 2021 hope to raise over $75,000 for the cause. Each gamer involved raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of their choice. (That means Seattle Children’s Hospital locally in Seattle.) Then on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 6, everyone involved dedicates 25 hours (25 due to daylight savings time) to game and raise money, offering a multitude of raffle prizes in exchange for certain donation levels. Prizes this year include autographed items from each of the three teams.
In years past, a large portion of the group met up in Seattle to game together while other members game and stream games from all over Cascadia. As exhausting as it sounds, raising money “for the children” makes it all worthwhile.
What is Extra Life?
Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $87 million for member hospitals.
My involvement in Extra Life and the Cascadian Gamers began over 6 seasons ago. As a Sounders fan, an avid gamer, and someone who tries to raise charity funds every season, Extra Life seemed like a no-brainer for me. Being able to fundraise for Seattle Children’s Hospital hits home personally for me: my son - who is on the Autism Spectrum and is ADHD - and in the past needed a lot of services that might be harder to come by if not for a program such as Children’s Autism Center. My family and many others rely on such services, so it just feels right to help out in whatever manner I can.
So along with my friends - some who root for those “evil” Cascadia teams to the north and south - I will game for 25 hours. All for the children.
Extra Life 2021
Game Day: 12 noon November 6 through 12 noon November 7
Cascadian Gamers 2021 current goal: $75,000
$10 donations are entered into the game day raffle with historically lots of Sounders-related prizes as well as things like an Xbox Series X, PS5, Switch Light and bacon. Yes, homemade bacon. The stream team will have a proper raffle prize list soon and many of the gamers will also offer their own incentives on top of this — which will also net you entry into the SuperMegaRaffle as well.
Thanks for your generosity and/or your need to make me suffer: I put this Extra Life "Last Dab" incentive up last night -- In just over an hour it almost sold out lol.— spooky ghouLP (@LikkitP) October 16, 2021
More fun and @CascadianGamers $10 per entry SuperMegaRaffle still on the way Nov 6-7! https://t.co/AZ6ZeY8wQq pic.twitter.com/Lr3IEbXbEE
To donate you can visit The Cascadian Gamers team page and choose someone on the team roster to support. If you want to support my individual goal - we will become friends who ride majestic, translucent steeds, shooting flaming arrows across the bridge of Hemdale.
Cascadian Gamers twitter: @CascadianGamers
Cascadian Gamers Twitch Stream: https://go.twitch.tv/cascadiangamers