University of Tennessee students in Knoxville want to blow sh*t up for charity. On April 20 and 21, gamers can get together and play their favorite video games to show off their skills and benefit a good cause: cancer research. The Apartment Residence Tenants’ Association (ARTA) will host "Frag for a Cure," with some kind support from companies like Sony, EA, and Ubisoft. The event is not limited to UT students – anyone may participate.
Josh Campbell, vice president of ARTA, said that he was inspired to organize the event because of some personal experiences.
“During my junior year of high school, I lost two close uncles to cancer,” Campbell said. “It was a really rough time for me personally and experiencing this made me wonder how hard it must have been like for families whose children have cancer. As a result, I ended up wanting to try to help those families out. Frag for a Cure will be the perfect opportunity to make a difference.”
ARTA is asking for a $5 donation from each participant per tournament. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Several video game companies and representatives will be at the event to promote new products and give away prizes. The event will start in the UC Down Under at 5 p.m. and will continue until midnight. The Down Under will have nine Xbox 360's, several PlayStation 3's, even a Wii for tournament use. At noon on Saturday, the tournaments will resume until the tournaments are completed.
Featured games include Halo Reach (4v4), NCAA Football ’12, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (4v4), Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Solo), Starcraft II (1v1), Ghost Recon: Future Soldier closed Multiplayer Beta and MLB: The Show Home Run Derby.
“I am excited about Frag for a Cure and grateful that UTK Ubisoft could come take part in this event,” T.J. Stephenson, a senior in anthropology and the student representative of Ubisoft, said. “I hope that having the exclusive ‘Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’ closed Beta at Frag for a Cure will help bring out people and raise a lot of money for St. Jude so they can continue to help children.”
“We’re here to have fun and help children in need for families that may not have the money for treatment,” Campbell said.
Source: The Daily Beacon