Press Release


TheSpeedGamers to Celebrate Ten Years of Gaming for Charity with 96-Hour The Legend of Zelda Marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – January 3, 2018 – On Friday, March 9th at 6PM CT (GMT -6), TheSpeedGamers (TSG), a group based in Arlington, Texas, will begin a 96-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: The Legend of Zelda.

This marathon, TheSpeedGamers will again be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (, and 100% of donations will go directly to St. Jude! Donations can be made through PayPal or with a Visa or MasterCard via a donation link on the page for the stream.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way that the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

Additionally, this marathon will mark the ten-year anniversary of the founding of TheSpeedGamers, one of the oldest charity gaming groups in existence.

TheSpeedGamers’ The Legend of Zelda Marathon is a four-day charity drive that is broadcast online through The marathon will last 96 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.

Watch the event live on the web at beginning March 9 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.