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  1. Gordon Hayward, NBA All-Star and small forward of the Boston Celtics, loves games on and off the basketball court. He also love helping the kids in his community who look up to him as a role-model. That’s why for Game Day 2019, Hayward teamed up with Extra Life to game for Boston Children’s Hospital! Hayward has played for the Celtics since July 2017. A handful of minutes into the 2017 season opener, a faulty landing caused him to suffer a debilitating leg injury that put him out of commission for the year. As a result of the injury, Hayward needed multiple surgeries to get back into playing on the court. During his time recovering, he spent his downtime playing Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. While stuck in a medical leg brace to help him heal from the surgery, he learned how helpful gaming can be while allowing the body to heal. That inspired him to get involved in Extra Life and help kids at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Gaming was a helpful distraction for me while rehabbing,” explained Hayward, “Gaming can be a distraction tool for kids while they're in the hospital, too. That's just one reason why I'm committed to helping the kids at Boston Children's Hospital.” Back in September, Hayward visited Boston Children's Hospital to spend time gaming with the kids. The visit made local Chicago news and kicked off the basketballer's push toward his Game Day stream on November 2. Everything Hayward raises through Extra Life will go to support Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s playing to build up the Every Child Fund's mission at Boston Children's. The Every Child Fund includes the Child Life Program that was designed to help children feel at home and comfortable in the hospital through fun activities, games, and more. The goal is to help kids heal faster by improving their environment and lifting their spirits. Hayward set up an Extra Life page and team for his Game Day streaming efforts. His goal for 2019? $10,000 USD! If you want to join Hayward on his mission to help the kids of Boston, donations are being taken throughout 2019. You can even start you own page and host your own event to raise money from your community to help kids in your local children’s hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  2. Gordon Hayward, NBA All-Star and small forward of the Boston Celtics, loves games on and off the basketball court. He also love helping the kids in his community who look up to him as a role-model. That’s why for Game Day 2019, Hayward teamed up with Extra Life to game for Boston Children’s Hospital! Hayward has played for the Celtics since July 2017. A handful of minutes into the 2017 season opener, a faulty landing caused him to suffer a debilitating leg injury that put him out of commission for the year. As a result of the injury, Hayward needed multiple surgeries to get back into playing on the court. During his time recovering, he spent his downtime playing Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. While stuck in a medical leg brace to help him heal from the surgery, he learned how helpful gaming can be while allowing the body to heal. That inspired him to get involved in Extra Life and help kids at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Gaming was a helpful distraction for me while rehabbing,” explained Hayward, “Gaming can be a distraction tool for kids while they're in the hospital, too. That's just one reason why I'm committed to helping the kids at Boston Children's Hospital.” Back in September, Hayward visited Boston Children's Hospital to spend time gaming with the kids. The visit made local Chicago news and kicked off the basketballer's push toward his Game Day stream on November 2. Everything Hayward raises through Extra Life will go to support Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s playing to build up the Every Child Fund's mission at Boston Children's. The Every Child Fund includes the Child Life Program that was designed to help children feel at home and comfortable in the hospital through fun activities, games, and more. The goal is to help kids heal faster by improving their environment and lifting their spirits. Hayward set up an Extra Life page and team for his Game Day streaming efforts. His goal for 2019? $10,000 USD! If you want to join Hayward on his mission to help the kids of Boston, donations are being taken throughout 2019. You can even start you own page and host your own event to raise money from your community to help kids in your local children’s hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  3. Cerebral palsy can make life difficult. Movement and communication can become a challenge. The differences those challenges present give those with cerebral palsy a unique perspective on the world, one that can be hard to understand for those without the condition. However, that doesn't mean that kids or adults with cerebral palsy don't need love or connection. They dream just as big as anyone else. October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a time for everyone to consider the community of people living with the condition alongside all of us. Those with cerebral palsy travel a difficult road with all kinds of challenges both physical and mental. Their perspectives on the world teach us the importance of creating more accessible environments, buildings, and devices for those who might lack the ability to effectively move across short or long distances - or even play games. With input from physicians and numerous groups including the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Microsoft was able to release the Xbox One Adaptive Controller, a device that allows those with conditions affecting their mobility to game with a wide variety of peripherals that can be mapped to different buttons on a traditional controller. Developers on the software side of things in the games industry have been creating different in-game settings to accommodate those who might have a hard time playing due to audio or visual impairment or even easier difficulty settings that allow everyone to experience their games. One of the people trying her best to make the world a better place for kids with cerebral palsy is Boston Children's Hospital's Miracle Child Stella and her mother. Born over a month early, Stella had numerous complications while growing up. Her mom had to call 911 numerous times to have her resuscitated and it became clear early on that Stella had cerebral palsy. As she grew older, her mom found it difficult to do little things like take her to the beach or go on walks. Stella's grandfather had an idea: A beach buggy. The device Stella's grandfather created out of PVC piping and four wheels altered the family's life: Going down to the beach was so much easier. I could just put her in the chair and we could go over all types of terrain. Even just going on field trips for her, like we went apple picking on a field trip and we were able to bring the buggy. And then we realized, after we had her buggy, that we were able to take her for walks along the street which was just awesome. After experiencing how much the buggy changed their lives, Stella and her mom started a non-profit, Stepping Stones for Stella, a group that has helped hundreds of families to open up the world for those with cerebral palsy. "It’s not an easy road at first," says Stella's mom, "but it gets easier — and less scary.” Extra Life is proud to be able to support kids like Stella in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the United States and Canada. Thank you to everyone who helps build up facilities like Boston Children's Hospital with the best equipment, buildings, and people to make sure that every child who comes through their doors gets the care and attention they need. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. Cerebral palsy can make life difficult. Movement and communication can become a challenge. The differences those challenges present give those with cerebral palsy a unique perspective on the world, one that can be hard to understand for those without the condition. However, that doesn't mean that kids or adults with cerebral palsy don't need love or connection. They dream just as big as anyone else. October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a time for everyone to consider the community of people living with the condition alongside all of us. Those with cerebral palsy travel a difficult road with all kinds of challenges both physical and mental. Their perspectives on the world teach us the importance of creating more accessible environments, buildings, and devices for those who might lack the ability to effectively move across short or long distances - or even play games. With input from physicians and numerous groups including the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Microsoft was able to release the Xbox One Adaptive Controller, a device that allows those with conditions affecting their mobility to game with a wide variety of peripherals that can be mapped to different buttons on a traditional controller. Developers on the software side of things in the games industry have been creating different in-game settings to accommodate those who might have a hard time playing due to audio or visual impairment or even easier difficulty settings that allow everyone to experience their games. One of the people trying her best to make the world a better place for kids with cerebral palsy is Boston Children's Hospital's Miracle Child Stella and her mother. Born over a month early, Stella had numerous complications while growing up. Her mom had to call 911 numerous times to have her resuscitated and it became clear early on that Stella had cerebral palsy. As she grew older, her mom found it difficult to do little things like take her to the beach or go on walks. Stella's grandfather had an idea: A beach buggy. The device Stella's grandfather created out of PVC piping and four wheels altered the family's life: Going down to the beach was so much easier. I could just put her in the chair and we could go over all types of terrain. Even just going on field trips for her, like we went apple picking on a field trip and we were able to bring the buggy. And then we realized, after we had her buggy, that we were able to take her for walks along the street which was just awesome. After experiencing how much the buggy changed their lives, Stella and her mom started a non-profit, Stepping Stones for Stella, a group that has helped hundreds of families to open up the world for those with cerebral palsy. "It’s not an easy road at first," says Stella's mom, "but it gets easier — and less scary.” Extra Life is proud to be able to support kids like Stella in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the United States and Canada. Thank you to everyone who helps build up facilities like Boston Children's Hospital with the best equipment, buildings, and people to make sure that every child who comes through their doors gets the care and attention they need. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  5. Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Espinoza. I am 24 years old and a father of a beautiful, energetic two-year-old boy named Liam. Liam loves to meet people and give hugs. His favorite thing to do is take toys apart, just to figure out how they work. My interest in Extra Life hit close to home in May when we went to Boston Children's Hospital because Liam was sick. Our local hospital did not have the equipment and resources to treat our son and sent us to Boston Children's Hospital. Liam possibly had Intussusception, which means a portion of the bowel slides into the next, much like pieces of a telescope. When telescoping happens, the flow of fluids and food through the bowel become blocked and the intestine swell and bleed. Eventually, this can cause part of the bowel to die. Intussusception happens in one-fourth of every 1,000 infants. As we made our way to Boston's Children Hospital, we were worried about Liam and emotionally drained. We were hoping he would be all right and we could just go home. The most peaceful moment came in the ambulance ride where Liam finally fell asleep for the first time that day - which you can see in the photo. When we got to the hospital, we were immediately taken into a room to start x-rays and an ultrasound. By the end of the night, we received the good news that Liam was going to be all right, and did not require surgery. In thanks for helping my son when he needed Boston Children's Hospital, I play for Extra Life. I raise funds for kids to get the help they need, when they need it. A couple of us from Front Row Geeks will be spending the day playing various games, but I will be playing competitive Overwatch, streaming on our Twitch page, and talking with all those who join me November 5th on our stream. View full article
  6. Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Espinoza. I am 24 years old and a father of a beautiful, energetic two-year-old boy named Liam. Liam loves to meet people and give hugs. His favorite thing to do is take toys apart, just to figure out how they work. My interest in Extra Life hit close to home in May when we went to Boston Children's Hospital because Liam was sick. Our local hospital did not have the equipment and resources to treat our son and sent us to Boston Children's Hospital. Liam possibly had Intussusception, which means a portion of the bowel slides into the next, much like pieces of a telescope. When telescoping happens, the flow of fluids and food through the bowel become blocked and the intestine swell and bleed. Eventually, this can cause part of the bowel to die. Intussusception happens in one-fourth of every 1,000 infants. As we made our way to Boston's Children Hospital, we were worried about Liam and emotionally drained. We were hoping he would be all right and we could just go home. The most peaceful moment came in the ambulance ride where Liam finally fell asleep for the first time that day - which you can see in the photo. When we got to the hospital, we were immediately taken into a room to start x-rays and an ultrasound. By the end of the night, we received the good news that Liam was going to be all right, and did not require surgery. In thanks for helping my son when he needed Boston Children's Hospital, I play for Extra Life. I raise funds for kids to get the help they need, when they need it. A couple of us from Front Row Geeks will be spending the day playing various games, but I will be playing competitive Overwatch, streaming on our Twitch page, and talking with all those who join me November 5th on our stream.
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    Boston Guild May Meeting

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    For this meeting we will actually be at 1CC, the Microsoft building next to the Kendall/MIT red line station, in the Thoreau room. Please RSVP so that I can give a list to security of attendees. As always, social hour starts at 6:00 PM, meeting kick off is at 7 PM And May The Fourth Be With You!
  8. Ladies and Gentlemen,Jedi and Sith, the link is up for the May meeting. This time we shall be at 1CC in the Thoreau room Please go RSVP. 6 Pm Social Hour/7 PM Meeting Start Boston Guild May Meeting
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    We will be at Microsoft NERD (1 Memorial) for this meeting. Please RSVP so that I can give a list to security of attendees. Social hour starts at 6:00 PM, meeting kick off is at 7 PM See everyone at the meeting
  10. From the album: 2016 Launch Meeting

    Our new guildies asembled to take on LEGO Ultron and Hydra in a littel LEGO Avengers during the social hour.
  11. Hey, Boston Extra Lifers! I'm Angelique and I want to let you know about an awesome charity LAN coming up next month in the Cambridge area. It's called PhiLANthropy and is part of Tespa's Regional Event Challenge (more info on that here). Full event details are as follows: Tespa East REC Presents: PhiLANthropy Charity LAN in coordination with Extra Life, supporting Boston Children's Hospital March 12 - 13, 2016 | Saturday (3/12): 10 AM - 1 AM | Sunday (3/13): 10 AM - 10 PM Harvard Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138 We're hosting a variety of PC and console gaming tournaments with over $3,000 in prize money! Our full list of tournaments and rules can be found on our Battlefy page. We'll also have a number of guests at our event, including indie game dev Dan Dez of OBEY, speedrunners Scott "xem92" Kuva & Jerry "JerKro" Kroboth, as well as Monster Energy reps handing out drinks on Saturday! We'd love to have you come out for one day or both in support of Extra Life and Boston Children's Hospital. If you're interested, RSVP on our Facebook event page and head on over to EventBrite to pre-register! Thanks for reading! Feel free to post any comments or questions and I'd be happy to answer them. Hope to see you there! <3 Angelique Rein Marketing Director Tespa East Regional Event Committee Website | Facebook | Twitter
  12. There is a gallery for any pictures from last nights meeting. Feel free to go an upload anything you want to add to the gallery from last night. 2016 Extra Life Boston Guild Launch Meeting Gallery
  13. As we draw closer to the start of 2016, we're already hard at work lining up events for the year. Some of the events we know so far are: Arisia (Jan) Boskone (Feb) Anime Boston (Mar) PAX East (Apr) Northeast Comic Con (Jun) I've also reached out the following cons to see if we can get a presence: MASSive Con (Jun) Walker Stalker Boston (Jul) TotalCon (Feb) So with that being out there, we should start looking to strengthen our forces. We need new blood. We have a great core of people working in the guild, however those core people need help. Can everyone take some time and look at your fellow extra life friends, maybe approach them about coming to our meetings, volunteering for some events. You all know your extra life friends, and you probably know which of them would be passionate about EL. Lets start networking those people into the guild. On top of the efforts to strengthen our team, we will be going through some leadership changes this year. More to come on that in the next few weeks. These changes are good, and we hope that some new leadership experience/insight will re-energize the group. Please, take some time, engage on here your thoughts of how we can strengthen and grow this team. Any incentives to keep guildies going, or efforts to retain guildies. Let hear it.. Lastly, THANK YOU again for everything and everyone that made 2015 a success. Let's do it all again in 2016 and do it bigger and better!!
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    This months meeting will be our official 2016 kick off meeting. I know we've already had Jan and Feb Meetings, however this is the official kick off for 2016. An Eventbrite email will go out to all Boston participants very soon. Be on the lookout. Eventbrite Link: Extra Life Boston 2016 Guild Kick Off Eventbrite This meeting will be a bit different. @Rosie_Boston has hooked us up with a Hospital Tour to start off the year. Eliza from Microsoft Prudential will be bringing in some Xbox One Consoles for our meeting space. Rosie is bringing in a Patient/Family to share their story with us. There will be a 6 PM - 7 PM Arrival/Social Time 7 PM we will kick off the tour. Approx 745 we will commence with the Patient Family and Meeting Kick off. After that, remaining time will be to continue gaming and social time. SNH Satellite Members are encouraged to come down for this meeting. @SassyJ, @KriptiKFate, @Strandwalker, @aradiadarling, if you can make it that would great. You can RSVP here and/or the eventbrite link. Looking forward to seeing everyone
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    We will be at Microsoft NERD (1 Memorial) for this meeting. Please RSVP so that I can give a list to security of attendees. Social hour starts at 6 PM, meeting kick off is at 7 PM See everyone at the meeting.. Satellite Location for SNH: Rockingham Mall 99 Rockingham Blvd, Salem, NH\
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