Started in 2008 by our founder, Doc Adams, Extra Life has grown from a small movement benefiting one hospital in Houston, Texas, to an international movement of gamers raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada! Every year, gamers from across the world come together to do what they love and heal sick kids in their communities. 100% of the money raised by everyone through Extra Life is given to the children’s hospital chosen by the gamer who raised it. Since it’s founding, Extra Life has raised over $8 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals… and we’re just getting started!
Founded in 2013, Extra Life ATX started as a group of committed Austin gamers coordinating recruiting and fundraising efforts surrounding Extra Life for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Texas. Those efforts helped in raising over $350,000 for Dell Children’s! The hospital used that money purchase a Magneto-Encelphalography Device, commonly known as a MEG. Think of it as a giant MRI specifically for the brain. The MEG allows the Dell Children’s team of elite doctors a non-invasive way to look into children’s brains and helps them diagnose neurological diseases such as autism and epilepsy. It is one of only six pediatric MEG’s in the country and one of three in Texas (everything’s bigger in Texas)!
Starting in 2014, we became one of the 27 official Extra Life Guilds! Working with local Austin businesses and groups, we continue to recruit gamers to our cause. While the MEG is in use at the hospital, it hasn’t fully been paid off. This is what we are playing for.
Extra Life sound interesting? Getting involved is easy!
Awesome! We are always looking for new members! We have regular Guild Meetings every month! Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for when we announce the next meeting!
Most of what we do would not be possible without the amazing support we get from the Austin business community. We work in co-operation with Children’s Medical Foundation of Central Texas, so many actions by local businesses in support of Extra Life ATX are tax-deductible. Interested in sponsoring the guild? Drop us a line at local (at) extralifeatx.org and somebody from our Leadership Team will be in touch!
Extra Life is better with a friend! While you’re signing up, join one of our Featured Local Teams!