Esports fundraiser to benefit Mott Children’s Hospital

(WXYZ) — Get ready to game for good. Washtenaw Community College students will host a week-long esports event to help patients at University of Michigan Health’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital.

Net proceeds from Wolfpack Esports Week, which runs from October 3 through October 9, will go towards the purchase of new Starlight Nintendo Switch Gaming Stations for patients. Each system costs $5,000. Gamers of all ages and skill levels are invited to compete, stream their favorite video game or raise money. The event, WCC says, will feature gamers from across the country.

“Every little bit of normal you can have in a hospital because nothing is normal in the hospital certainly makes my mother’s heart happy. It’s a great program and it really helps with treatment, even if it only gives kids an hour of distraction and fun helping them not realize they are a cancer kid,” said Deidre Kraft whose 7-year-old son Xander is undergoing treatment for stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer.

The Rocket League tournament is in partnership with MissionControl.gg and all participants are invited to join on the StreamForMott channel through the Discord app.

Washtenaw Community College says four of Mott’s patient technology team members who manage the game cars and interact with patients are WCC alumni.

“I am so proud of our students and the WCC team for their big ideas and even bigger hearts. They have worked hard to make our first-ever Esports fundraiser a success to lift the spirits of children and families at Mott Hospital,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca in a press release.

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