If you'd like to help kids by playing games, you're our kind of awesome.
Extra Life works like a 5k for your thumbs. Gamers register by joining our team (at the link above the video), by creating their own team, or by playing as an individual.
When you register, you get your own fundraising page that you can customize, including the URL. Share the URL through email and social media, and ask friends and family to sponsor you with a donation of any size. 100% - every penny - of the money you raise goes to help the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital of your choice. In Bakersfield, that's the Lauren Small Children's Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
Then, on Extra Life Day (or any day you choose), you play games. What you play, where, how long and with whom are all up to you. Many people play for 24 hours straight. Some play for 12. Others stream online once a month. How you "Extra Life" is up to you.
Since 2012, Campus Gamers and their friends and associates have raised over $175,000 for the Lauren Small Children's Center (LSCC).
HOWEVER... 2020 is going to be legendary for a few reasons. To begin with, the most money we've ever raised in a single year was $35,000. This year, our goal is to:
1) Help start 100 teams in Bakersfield.
2) Recruit 2,020 gamer participants.
3) Raise $100,000.
We have three ways we think we can help make this happen.
First, we printed donation drawing tickets that we will provide to anyone that chooses LSCC for their CMN Hospital. Each ticket is $5.00. If a participant gets a $5 donation, either online or as cash or check, both the donor AND the participant receive one entry into a drawing. And boy, it's a doozy.
One lucky donor or participant will receive this Grand Prize package (est. value $3,000):
A Playstation 5 Console + Games
An Xbox Series X Console + Games
A Nintendo Switch "Animal Crossing" Edition Console + Games
An Intellivision Amico "Founcers Edition" Console + Games
A Turtle Beach Headset
A 65" 4k 120hz UHD TV
If the donor donates online, to be entered into the drawing, they must not donate anonymously or we can't reach them if they win. Also, if you donate to your own fundraising, you'll be entered into the drawing TWICE, once as the donor and once as the participant. Donations will be collected all year and the drawing will be done at 12:12 pm on 12/12/2020, or what we like to call Twelve Twelve Twenty Twenty.
*to be eligible, the participant must email us at so we can track their progress through the Extra Life website. Captains of participating teams should email us as well.
Second, anyone that has LSCC as their hospital and raises at least $100 is welcome to attend our group gaming event at California State University, Bakersfield from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on October 10, 2020, or what we like to call Ten Ten Twenty Twenty.
The CSUB event will have food, games, tournaments, and prizes in addition to the grand prize drawing. There are typically about 30 prize baskets worth between $100 and $200 each, but this year, we're going bigger here, too. We will be giving away a second Intellivision Amico "Founders Edition" console worth $300 and a life-size "The Child" (Baby Yoda) from "The Mandalorian" worth $350.00.
Our event is organized by the Campus Gamers Club at CSUB and is co-sponsored by Westchester Kiwanis. Thousands of dollars in prizes are donated by major game developers, publishers and public relations teams. Gift cards and other gaming-related items are donated by local businesses. Game Tournaments and demo support comes from Paladins Game Castle and Silver Wolf Comics and Collectibles. Lunch will be from our event sponsor, California Pizza Kitchen.
Third, 2020 is also California State University, Bakersfield's 50th Anniversary. To celebrate, we are producing 50 gold medals featuring the 50th Anniversary logo; each one numbered #1 of 50 through #50 of 50. Participants get them for raising $1,000 for LSCC, and they will receive their medals with the number that reflects when they hit the milestone (the first person to raise $1,000 will get #1 of 50, and so on.)
So please - join our team, join another team, create your own team, or just play as an individual. We're all working together to raise money for LSCC so that more local kids can be treated locally.