On Saturday November 19th, two of the world’s best women’s CS:GO teams – the finalists from the Intel Challenge in Katowice last March – will face-off in a show-match for charity. Team Secret (formerly WRTP) and CLG Red, representing Europe and North America respectively, will play on the newly updated CS:GO map, Inferno, at the Oracle Arena during IEM Oakland. The winning team will get to choose one of three charities to receive a $10,000 donation.
We are happy to support and share more information about the three worthy causes participating in this exciting show match!
[paraphrased from ablegamers.com]
The AbleGamers Charity is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.
Video games allow individuals with disabilities to experience situations that may be difficult or limited in the real world, provide social networking opportunities to maintain mental and emotional health, and participate in one of the world’s largest pastimes.
With a three-step approach – Outreach, Consultation, and Grants – AbleGamers works and advocates on behalf of the disability community to increase the accessibility of video games and to achieve further inclusion by those who need special considerations.
[paraphrased from extra-life.org]
Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals, in turn, are able to use the money where it is needed the most. You can read more about our history and some of our amazing miracle kids at: http://www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org
Online SOS provides free, professional services and tools to victims of online harassment. We work directly with our clients to reduce the emotional and financial distress this can have through such resources as counseling / crisis coaching with our in-house mental health professionals, referrals to as-needed services (ie. legal, tech, law enforcement advocate, safe housing, PR), and financial and emotional support (through case management and a donation to help pay for services). Additionally, we are in the process of developing tech-based solutions that continue to reduce the barriers and costs for individuals seeking assistance relating to online harassment.
Check out the original announcement about our AnyKey Invitational on the IEM website to read more about the event and the teams. Be sure to tune in to the IEM stream on the 19th if you can’t make it out to the live event!