This month, gamers of all kinds at Code42 participated in Extra Life, an annual charitable event during which participants pledge to take part in marathon gaming sessions, stream their efforts online, and solicit donations from friends and family. Most Extra Life teams play for 24 hours straight, but our team went above and beyond — this year we extended our Extra Life marathon to 42 consecutive hours to pay homage to our company name. It was a tough two days, but definitely worth it, as the money raised is for a good cause. “Staying up all night gaming with coworkers who are united by a great cause to help a local hospital make sick kids’ lives a bit better — now that’s a great combination,” said player Brian Sweet.
As of this writing, Team Code42 has raised $13,290 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and other Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals — an increase of more than 30 percent over last year’s event. All donations from Extra Life go directly to the CMN hospitals, including our local CMN location, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. As a Minneapolis-based company, we are particularly excited to help a Twin Cities-based hospital, as giving back to our community is an important part of our company culture.
“Children’s Miracle Network hospitals do amazing work and save lives every day,” said participant Joseph Bozarth. “It means a lot to help them help even more children. It was also a great opportunity to get to know a lot of my coworkers better as we gamed together for a good cause.”
Taking advantage of our Volunteer Time Off program, which grants every Code42 employee two days per year to use for volunteer opportunities, our team of around 50 players spread out across several gaming waves to keep the experience fresh and exciting for the entire 42-hour event. A small crew of primarily Xbox One players kicked off the event on Thursday afternoon, another wave started Thursday evening and a third wave joined in Friday morning to take the team through to Saturday. Throughout the entire event, a separate group provided color commentary (and comedy) for the stream. If you were watching, you might have seen a frenzied match of Rocket League with two burly men in the corner talking about their beard grooming tips.
Several games were streamed over the course of the event, including For Honor, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Dungeons & Dragons and many more. A few special events during the marathon grabbed company-wide attention, such as when members of the Code42 executive team competed against each other in Mario Kart (Senior Vice President of Research, Development and Operations Rob Juncker was the undisputed winner). Another highlight of the event was Rock Band 4, which was set up in the lunchroom for anyone in the company to play. You could hear the sounds of people singing Journey songs throughout the office.
“The excitement and enthusiasm that goes into participating in Extra Life is magical,” said Team Code42 member Tim Putnam. “I look forward to it all year long. I hope we can continue to raise the bar each year and make that impact bigger!”
We want to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our Extra Life event. If you meant to donate but didn’t get to it, there’s still time. To make a safe and easy online donation to a member of our team, click on the “Roster” tab and then on a participant’s name. Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them.
Thank you so much for supporting our team’s efforts!
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