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Giving Back

INSIDER ESPORTS - Kai talks about how any gamer can make a difference.

Have you ever thought about what you could do to help out the community?

I’m not talking about the gaming community that consists of the hundreds of thousands of video gamers that play games such as Counter Strike or Halo.

I’m talking about the people who are not as lucky as we are to have computers and to be able to play video games. I’m talking about the people who instead of getting an education, has to work at the age of 11 or 12 to help the family earn enough money for the month. I’m talking about those who are not as privileged as we are.

Jason Lake, the founder of Complexity created the program Random Acts of Kindness (RAK), and a few months ago we saw the Gamers for Giving LAN event. Both of these involve giving back to the bigger community.

RAK was created as a program within the Complexity organization. The concept was simple. It urged people to help out men and women in life.

Read the latest RAK on the coL website.

Gamers for Giving is an annual summer LAN event hosted by a non-profit organization. It was an idea started by Saline High School student Zach Wigal in 2006. It uses video games as a way to help out others. The revenue they generated (about $4000) from their first event went to the Autism Society of America.

Autism is a brain development disorder, which is characterized by impaired social interactions and communications. People with autism tend to have repetitive behavior.

You, the reader at home, can help in many ways. Donating to a local charity or even helping out at a shelter are just two ways out of the many different possibilities.

We are privileged to have our own custom-built gaming computers that have quad core processors and SLI connected video cards. To build these computers one could end up spending thousands of dollars.

If we can spend so much money on a computer and video games, surely we could donate a dollar or two to charities.

In 1998, John Maclean became the first wheelchair athlete to swim across the English Channel. In 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to climb Mount Everest.

These are people with disabilities that have done some amazing things that some of us may never do.

I’m sure I’m not the only one here at Insideresports.com who believes in helping out those less fortunate, and if I had the opportunity to create something to help out others I would. If we as a community would come together and donate a dollar here or there, I’m sure we can donate over $1000 total to different charities.

With that kind of money, it could go toward building new shelters for people. It could buy consoles and video games for children who don’t get the opportunity to play. It could go toward looking for a cure for cancer or curing disabilities such as spinal cord injuries.

Just imagine the many things that the money could go towards. There are many situations in the world that require some money to help fund its research. A few thousand dollars may not seem like a lot, but it’s a start.

The former President of South Afica, Nelson Mandela once said “A good head and and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

Next time you spend money on buying something you don’t need, think of those that don’t get the opportunity to have those things.

Remember, you can make a difference.

Comments: Add a Comment

quote#1 US peawok 01/06/2009 - 21:09:49
Fantastic article, Kai. I hope people recognize that they can make a difference in their community. There are so many people struggling... any help is help well needed.

quote#2 US tehkorean 02/06/2009 - 21:38:17
this is the same type of sweet crap that totally ..............................................

rocks :D. Give back guys, give back :D

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