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Gaming for Hope

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021

Gaming for Hope is a 24-hour gaming marathon that will be held virtually, beginning at 10 a.m. November 13 to November 14, 2021.

All proceeds from the event will support Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and K–12 and graduate education programs.

Gaming for Hope will include:

  • A Streaming Marathon broadcast from 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 to 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at VAIGamingforHope21.parallel.live (password VAI2021)
  • Tournaments: FIFA 21 on PlayStation 4 (Single Player), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
  • Featured streamers: Several streamers will be featured throughout the event and will play the games for which they are most well-known
  • Giveaways and prizes for participants who fundraise for VAI

And much more!

Ways you can support this event:

  • Share Gaming for Hope with your friends and family who enjoy online gaming and streaming
  • Register to watch the action on our Twitch channel via our live stream
  • Tune into our live stream 7–10 p.m. on Nov. 13 for our main program and tournament championships
  • Make a donation through our Tiltify campaign

Sponsorship Information Sponsorship Payment Register for Tiltify Fundraising

Agenda

Questions?

Fundraising Incentives

CS:GO Rules

FIFA 2021 (PS4) Rules

League of Legends Rules

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Rules

9:00am – FIFA tournament begins

9:30am – Pre-show in studio and live streaming on parallel for viewers with Matrym

10am – Tournaments begin for Smash, CS:GO and League of Legends

12pm – Live FIFA tournament concludes

2pm – Smash tournament concludes

6pm – 10pm – Gaming Highlights and Streamer Spotlights featuring Porosaurus

8pm – CS:GO & League of Legends tournament concludes

8pm – 12am – Streamer Spotlights

12am – 9am Final tournament playback of all championship games

9am – Live wrap-up in studio featuring Porosaurus

10am – Event concludes

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.

Origin Gaming desktop Neuron RTS with Accessories

If you raise at least $150, you will have a chance to win an Origin Gaming Desktop Neuron RTS with Accessories!

Fair Market Value – $2,856.00

Gaming for Hope Water Bottle

Raise $50 and you will receive this Gaming for Hope Water Bottle!

Gaming for Hope T-Shirt

Raise $25 and you will receive an official Gaming for Hope T-Shirt!

Gaming for Hope Coozie

Raise $10 and you will receive this Gaming for Hope coozie!

Gaming for Hope Laptop Sticker

Just for signing up to participate in our event, you will receive an official Gaming for Hope sticker!

 

 

The FIFA 2021 tournament is now sold out. 

 

 

Emcees

MATRYM

POROSAURUS

Mae Lexi Zurita

Matt “Matrym” Oates is both a caster and analyst for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. He also casts and occasionally hosts for competitive Overwatch. Oates has experience as an esports administrator and organizer. His repertoire of esports experience includes League of Legends, Battlerite, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Call of Duty, PUBG and PUBG Mobile.

Oates has a massive history in esports community development. He helped build the semi-professional scene for Overwatch and was the first community caster for PUBG. He helped develop PUBG’s early esports rules and production. Oates went to school for game development and public speaking.

His favorite event was the 2018 WSOE Pan Continental because of the passion and excitement he saw from the players, staff, talent and viewers. Oates loves competitive gaming. His isolated life growing up on a ranch fostered his deep love of video games.

Mike “Porosaurus” Navarro is a caster, analyst, host, and interviewer for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). As one of the original talents in competitive PUBG, Navarro puts a great deal of focus on the players and teams, recalling histories and creating storylines that carry over throughout the years, as well as educating new viewers about the competitive game.

Navarro began as a caster and analyst in the early days of Overwatch, helping to create some of the first online tournaments and point systems while also promoting players and the competitive scene. He then took that knowledge over to PUBG, where he has become a mainstay in the North American and International scenes since 2017.

Navarro has a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and a M.A. in Communications from Louisiana State University. While at both institutions, he worked to develop the collegiate squads of both schools and volunteered as a caster for collegiate PUBG, even helping some of those students find jobs in esports after graduating. Navarro has professionally casted for Overwatch, PUBG Mobile, Garena FreeFire, League of Legends, and a variety of other titles.

Navarro’s favorite event was the 2019 PUBG Nation’s Cup, because it was a fun event with a primary focus on celebrating the game, players and fans, and because it was his dream to cast in front of a live audience in South Korea. Navarro has casted around the world, but is a proud southern gentleman based in Dallas, Texas.

Mae Lexi Zurita is in her third year studying Organizational Leadership and Design at Davenport University.

She is very involved on campus as she balances being, a content producer for Davenport’s Esports team, the executive director of her own sexual health awareness and resource distribution outreach center called the Student Sexual Health Network, trying to get the student government for davenport off the ground and trying to be an advocate for the student voice to the administration of the university.

She works with a nonprofit called the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health who works to empower the voice of youth in the state of Michigan. She does mostly graphic design work, and her talents extend much further than adobe.

She has a loving girlfriend of one year, Rebs, who she spends time with frequently to decompress.

She got into gaming when her childhood best friend showed her Halo Combat evolved. Since then, she has competed in collegiate level esports competition, is a shoutcaster for esports events internationally and nationally, coached teams, and currently produces video content to increase awareness for the Esports team at Davenport.

She hopes to run for governor at one point in life but is happy to be helping the communities of Kent County in all her work. Including this charity event which she hopes will spur on the activities of VAI which she has a personal connection with. Her mother Susan Raymond works for VAI and is a cancer survivor herself.

Featured Streamers

A_cornz

AJ Losey

Alchamee

BigSchem

FrankThePegasus

LevelUpFC

mini_meatbag

Mae Lexi Zurita

Music Producer and Content Creator from Grand Rapids, MI. Nerd. Hockey nut. #bipride. He/Him

AJ is a co-host of The SWW Show, whose podcasts cover everything from the latest movies and video games, to Formula One, to the best ways to make a hamburger. Streams are in part brought to you by Humble Monthly.

Alchamee is a Final Fantasy focused partnered streamer on Twitch. Her community revolves around being inclusive and friendly while allowing for open discussion about topics from the tame to the more mature. You can catch her Monday through Friday mornings at twitch.tv/alchamee

Wholesome variety streamer sponsored by Founders Brewery. Retro – VR – Party – Chat Integration – Dark Souls – and more! Eternal Optimist. Mental Health Advocate. Friend/Coach/Counselor to those who seek it. Love helping others as much as I can.

FrankthePegasus is an enthusiastic creator who bumbles and giggles her way through any game she touches. She showcases the games she plays through her lens – that of a fat, queer woman – all while making others smile. Frank’s specialty, though, is her ability to connect with her viewers. She encourages an inclusive, safe, and loving environment that allows for a deep bond with her community. She has experience working with brands, developers, and charities that share her passion for bringing good into the world. Simply put: Frank is a majestic Pegasus.

Focused on working with multiple charities that drive toward being difference makers, and that our contributions lead toward helping an individual, family, or both.

Our company motto is to “help the world beat sickness to the next level.” Whether that sickness involves physically, mentally, or culturally, we want to help change the world for those less fortunate than ourselves through gaming.

Kat Hanchon started streaming in 2019, making Twitch Affiliate in 2 months because of the awesome streamer community in Michigan. She did her master’s thesis on starting an esports program at a university and went on to be the Esports Head Coach at Central Michigan University. She was the first female esports head coach at a D1 school. She has since moved to Albion College as an assistant coach to have a better work/life balance. Follow her and her partner’s stream at twitch.tv/minimeatbags.

Mae Lexi Zurita is in her third year studying Organizational Leadership and Design at Davenport University.

She is very involved on campus as she balances being, a content producer for Davenport’s Esports team, the executive director of her own sexual health awareness and resource distribution outreach center called the Student Sexual Health Network, trying to get the student government for davenport off the ground and trying to be an advocate for the student voice to the administration of the university.

She works with a nonprofit called the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health who works to empower the voice of youth in the state of Michigan. She does mostly graphic design work, and her talents extend much further than adobe.

She has a loving girlfriend of one year, Rebs, who she spends time with frequently to decompress.

She got into gaming when her childhood best friend showed her Halo Combat Evolved. Since then, she has competed in collegiate level esports competition, is a shoutcaster for esports events internationally and nationally, coached teams, and currently produces video content to increase awareness for the Esports team at Davenport.

She hopes to run for governor at one point in life but is happy to be helping the communities of Kent County in all her work. Including this charity event which she hopes will spur on the activities of VAI which she has a personal connection with. Her mother Susan Raymond works for VAI and is a cancer survivor herself.

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November 13, 2021
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November 14, 2021
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