Press Release


TheSpeedGamers to Hold 72-Hour Mario Marathon for ACT Today!

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – October 25, 2017 – On Friday, December 15th at 6PM CT (GMT -6), TheSpeedGamers (TSG), a group based in Arlington, Texas, will begin a 72-hour gaming marathon for charity. The group has raised over $750,000 for various charities and causes since it was formed in 2008, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, ACT Today!, and nearly twenty others. These charities help support those in need directly and help to fund research towards cures for various debilitating diseases and other important areas of concern. The marathon will cover one of the most popular video game series worldwide: Mario.

This marathon, TheSpeedGamers will again be raising money for ACT Today! (, and 100% of donations will go directly to ACT Today! Donations can be made through PayPal or with a Visa or MasterCard via a donaiton link on the page for the stream.

ACT Today! represents autism care and treatment. One in 68 children in America have an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is more common than juvenile diabetes, pediatric AIDS, and pediatric cancer combined. Early and intense therapies have been proven to be effective yet most children go without due to financial restraints. ACT Today! fills a necessary gap by providing assistance for these children today to ensure they have a better tomorrow.

TheSpeedGamers’ Mario Marathon is a three-day charity drive that is broadcast online through The marathon will last 72 hours. The group encourages donations through great gameplay, commentary, contests, and prize incentives, as well as through other methods that allow direct interaction with the audience. During the event, viewers can chat directly with the team via the chat function of or through social media networks, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Additionally, a twenty-four hour extension of the event will be unlocked if $8,000 in donations can be reached by 6pm CT on Monday, December 18, 2017 (the 72-hour mark).

Watch the event live on the web at beginning December 15 at 6PM CT. For more information, visit TheSpeedGamers’ homepage at


Britt LaRiviere

About TheSpeedGamers

TheSpeedGamers, or TSG, was founded in 2008 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas by Britt LaRiviere. Britt and a few of his friends decided to have a weekend of gaming for fun when the idea formed to stream it live on the internet for charity. Since the first marathon in March 2008, TSG has expanded to include members from around the world, and it has gone on to do multiple marathons for a myriad of charities and causes. These charities include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ACT Today!, buildOn, Heifer International, and Mercy Corps. Through these marathons, TSG has proven that gamers can do more than just play games; they can also help save or better the lives of others.