Gamers participate in marathon charity event for CMN

Gamers participate in marathon charity event for CMN

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A 24-hour gaming binge doesn't usually have a charitable angle, but Lubbock's Adam Garcia and his teammates are doing their part to change that.

The members of team F1rstborn99 will be taking part in Extra Life, a worldwide gaming event. Per the event's website, Extra Life "unites thousands of players across the world in a 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals" and has, since its 2008 beginnings, "raised more than $22 million for local CMN hospitals."

Five of F1rstborn99's nine team members are donating their proceeds to University Medical Center's CMN chapter. Garcia said he and the team participated in the event last year but were unable to garner the kind of support they desired, raising "roughly $80" in total. But this year's fundraising efforts are proving far more fruitful than last year's: the team has already raised more than $1100.

When asked why he felt compelled to participate in the event (his love of video games notwithstanding), Garcia cited a tour he was given at UMC, a tour in which he got to see firsthand what the contributions were going to -- and the children they were helping. "(The tour) motivated us even more when I saw who would benefit from this," he said.

"Powerful. It was an eye-opener."

The team will be playing many games over the day-long marathon session, including Titanfall 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Rocket League and Grand Theft Auto V (to name only a few).

What does one do to train for something like this? Garcia laughed. "We play a lot of video games." And since Garcia recently cut caffeine from his diet, he'll be focused on longer-lasting energy consumption. "My best bet is to make sure I stay aware and well-fed."

The event will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, but the team will be going on a live feed at 7 to discuss their thoughts and reasons for participating, as well as to broadcast video footage from UMC.

Garcia hopes to round up as much support as possible. "Whether it's $5 or $100, all of the proceeds go to UMC to help kids. Any donation could save a life."

Those interested in showing their support are encouraged to donate at www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=27345 and watch F1rstborn99's pre-event show and gameplay footage live at www.southtownproductions.com/extra-life.

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