Northwestern students, faculty to raise funds for Extra Life during 24-hour livestream

November 25, 2019

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Computer Science program will sponsor a 24-hour livestream to raise funds for Extra Life from 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, until 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Members of the program will gather in the Bill and Billie Buckles Computer Science and Robotics Labs in Shockley Hall to play a mix of video games as well as a few group activities while live broadcasting the whole event on Twitch. A few teachers from various departments are expected to stop by as well.

On Saturday at 10 a.m. there will be a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament open to anyone of all ages. There will be a prize for first place.

As the students work in teams and as solo players, their goal is to help generate content to be watched during the livestream as viewers give donations. Currently, students plan to play games such as League of Legends, Fortnite, Rocket League, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Jackbox Party and others for the duration of the livestream.

The public is encouraged to participate in the event by watching and sharing the students’ livestream and/or through giving donations to Extra Life.

All funds raised will go through Extra Life to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Oklahoma City.

To watch the livestream tune in to https://www.twitch.tv/nwosu_esports where a link to donate can be found, too.

Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $50 million for 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.

From the past four livestream charity events, Evan Vaverka, instructor of computer science, estimates the students have raised approximately $2,000 between two separate charities.

For more information about Northwestern’s Computer Science program, contact Vaverka at (580) 327-8587 or epvaverka@nwosu.edu.

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CONTACT FOR RELEASE:
Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist
eedavis@nwosu.edu, 580-327-8480



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