Esports team Immortals partners with kid’s hospital
In a somewhat surprising but very exciting move, esports team Immortals partnered with the prestigious St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They committed to raise at least half a million dollars in the next two years, along with another Overwatch League team: The Los Angeles Valiant.
The hospital, if you aren’t familiar with it specifically fights cancer and other life-threatening diseases in kids. The doctors, nurses and staff there specialise in making sick kids’ lives better as much as possible – if there was ever an organisation that deserved the support of this type of partnership, it’s this one!
Exec. Chairman of Immortals and Los Angeles Valiant gave a statement about the partnership: “It is part of our organizational DNA to give back to the communities that we serve and represent. We believe wholeheartedly in the mission of St. Jude, and it is an honour to work with a partner that shares our values of inclusivity. It’s incredible that families at St. Jude never receive a bill, so they can focus on what matters most – helping their child live.”
Specifically, the money raised in this whole venture will support St. Jude’s mission: Finding cures. Saving children. The whole thing follows LA Valiant’s fundraising activities during the last Overwatch season – here, the team raised thousands of dollars for patients and families of St. Jude’s already. Their Be Valiant event series as well as their Live the Legacy playoff campaign did a phenomenal job of setting the foundation for this new fundraising venture.
The president of the fundraising branch of the hospital (ALSAC), Richard Shadyac Jr, spoke very positively about this new collaboration as well: “Through this partnership, we look forward to working with Immortals and the LA Valiant, as well as the large and growing esports fan community who continues to generously support the patients, families and lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
In order to get the ball rolling and to amass the agreed upon amounts, both teams are going to host initiatives, activities and fundraising events in order to not only gather money but also raise awareness on these issues. The first event here has already happened – on the 19th of December, a six-hour charity stream took place, featuring Joshua ‘Ah Craaaap” Sharon, a Clash Royale pro player that belongs to team Immortals
This isn’t the first charity partnership Immortals has entered – they’ve partnered with an impressive number of sponsors and partners over the last few months. Still, committing to raise such a large amount of money for a good cause by taking advantage of the fanbases of both teams is a pretty nice move.