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TheSpeedGamers Attempt to “Catch ‘Em All” with Week-Long Pokémon Marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – March 21, 2018 – On Friday, June 8th at 5PM CT (GMT -6), TheSpeedGamers, a group based in Arlington, Texas, will begin a 168-hour gaming marathon for charity. Since forming in 2008, the group has raised over $780,000 for various charities and causes, 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 leading to cures for various debilitating diseases and other key areas of concern. This marathon will cover one of the most popular and well-known video game series worldwide: Pokémon.
In this seven-day, non-stop marathon, TheSpeedGamers will again be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (http://www.stjude.org), and 100% of donations will go directly to St. Jude. Donations can be made through PayPal or with a Visa or MasterCard via Tiltify (http://tsg.tv/donate).
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.
During this marathon, TheSpeedGamers will be attempting to catch all Pokémon from the first seven generations of the franchise (in practice, 789 of 807 Pokémon will be attempted, excluding the 18 unattainable outside of events, side-games, or Virtual Console releases). Additionally, this marathon will continue the year-long celebration of TheSpeedGamers’ ten-year anniversary.
TheSpeedGamers’ Pokémon Marathon is a seven-day charity drive that is broadcast online through Twitch (http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers). The marathon will last 168 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 Twitch or through social media networks, such as Twitter.
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.