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Three YUHSD gaming clubs raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The Yuma High School Library hosted another year of Extra-Life, a charity event that unites thousands of gamers to support the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Extra-Life is a 12-hour marathon full of so-called “geeky” activities for people interested in anime, cartoons, movies, card games, tabletop role playing games and video games.  This year, the Gila Ridge High School, Yuma High School and San Luis High School gaming clubs all participated. The most anticipated event was arguably the video game competitions. A Super Smash Bros. 4 competition, for example, was streamed using Twitch.Tv, an online website where users watch live gameplays and podcasts.  Students play games at YHS library

Fundraising from this event comes from the online streaming, where viewers can donate while watching live. This year’s donations exceeded last year with $1,997 being raised for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Last year’s Extra-Life event earned $1,945,

"The Gamer's Guild clubs of our school district choose Extra Life as our community service every year because it's all about gamers and nerds of every kind coming together to raise donations for sick and injured children in need,” Yuma High Librarian and organizer Cait Zaksheske said. “Not only does it help our community but it allows students from different schools to come together for one cause and make new friends."

Matthew Ruiz, SLHS