Playing video games for a cause


The gaming club at Wiregrass Ranch hosted their third annual Extra Life event on Saturday, November 11th. The Extra Life event entails members playing video games for 12 hours straight to raise money for a cause. The Wiregrass Extra Life event took donations and raised money for John Hopkins Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The purpose of the event is to “unite thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital,” according to the Extra Life website.

This year the Wiregrass gaming club raised $348. Over the past 3 years, the gaming club has raised $1,043 from this event. Worldwide, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids since 2008.

Extra Life event at Wiregrass Ranch High School

This year’s activity featured several different games as well as some fun modifications to classics like paired Mario Kart with a blindfolded driver and a partner telling them where to go.

Senior Arcadian Vera, gaming club President liked the variety of game choices for the event.

Mario Kart was really fun and the partner driving made it very challenging. I also played my favorite game, Cuphead,” Vera commented.

Club sponsor, Mr. Charneske expected a good turn out for the event, and in total 20 students attended.

Gaming club hopes to continue this event next year as well. If anyone is interested in joining the gaming club, they meet every Wednesday after school. They also host monthly club tournaments to allow their club members a chance to show off their gaming abilities.

“The purpose of the club is to bring kids together who share a common interest in playing games. The club is all about playing and talking about your favorite games,” Charneske explained.