Extra Life was started in 2008 as a way to raise money for Texas Children's Hospital. Since then, Extra Life has become an international program, raising funds for local hospitals that are part of the Children's Miracle Network of hospitals.
The national program is simple. Game lovers register at the site, and ask friends, family and co-workers to sponsor them. Then on "Extra Life" day, they play games, with the money going to their local children's hospital. Gamers will frequently raise money as teams, but generally speaking, they still play individually or in small groups.
Our Bakersfield event is a little different. We host a group event for the biggest fundraisers in Kern County. Our event is organized by the Campus Gamers Club at CSUB and is co-sponsored by Westchester Kiwanis. Members raise funds all year, by attending local conventions and by hosting gaming events at local high schools and colleges like Centennial High School, Bakersfield Christian High School, Taft College and Bakersfield College. Anyone that raises $100 or more for our local children's hospital is welcome at the event, even if they're on another team.
Game consoles, monitors, software, board and card games are loaned for the event by the club. 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. This year, lunch will be provided by California Pizza Kitchen.