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10 Tips For A Great Game Day

The time has come. You’ve registered, recruited supporters and donors and maybe even teamed up with a crew. You’re about to Extra Life. This gaming charity event is not for the faint of heart! Team Extra Life at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals wants to help you safely and enjoyably cross the finish line.

  1. Remember it’s to help local kids: Let’s rally to change kids’ health and change the future.  Revel in the fulfillment of helping sick and injured children across US and Canada. You are saving lives, one hour at a time. Keep up the great work, and have fun!
  2. Invite Friends: Even if this isn’t your first rodeo, going it alone will have you wind up like the lone, sickly antelope at the back of the stampede. Keep up your motivation, increase your enjoyment and further your success by participating with friends and family — or strangers!
  3. Update/Check your Games: Make sure your games are updated, your PC and consoles have the latest patches and that you have ALL the pieces for your tabletop games before cracking them open for Game Day.
  4. Rest before, during and after your marathon: A runner wouldn’t pull an all-nighter before a marathon, so don’t slack on your Z’s the night before yours. Basic motor skills (the kind you, Gamer, desperately need) and mental endurance plummet with every hour you skimp. Be just as disciplined with keeping up on your comatose state as you are perfecting your game. And remember, if you are tired… go to bed. Get up later and finish then.
  5. Have a plan: Even if you don’t stay on track, it’s great to know what you’re playing each hour, schedule breaks and social media time to let people know that your playing For The Kids!
  6. Stretch, move and exercise: Take breaks! Stretch. Walk about. Chat with a friend for a few. Powering through does not equal toughness in this game. Rest your eyes from the screen, stretch your muscles and take a jog around the block (or the house) every hour or two to get your blood flowing and keep your brain alive.
  7. Eat healthy and hydrate: Water is your new best friend. Even breathing requires H2O. Stay hydrated by keeping a nice, big 32-oz. water bottle by your side and fill it up five to six times throughout your 24—err, 25-hour trek (that’s right). Limit caffeine until you absolutely need it. That Venti cup of Joe or those Monster drinks should be a last-ditch emergency effort, not a plan of action. Treat your body like an engine. You wouldn’t put maple syrup in your car’s tank, so don’t put starchy, sugary, processed foods in your own. Stock up on energy-producing brain foods such as fruit, veggies, complex carbohydrates and lean protein. Keep nuts and fruit by your side instead of that family-size bag of Cheetos. Fuel your body right, and it will perform at those high speeds and long hours you need it to.
  8. Know how to talk about Extra Life: Have you “elevator speech” ready! If you’re streaming, make a point to remind folks about why you’re playing games for your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Need a refresher? Check out Extra Life: Explained!
  9. Tell people what you’re doing and ask for donations: Post on social media, send emails and make phone calls! Streaming? Talk about and share your donation URL. If you do not ask, then you’re not going to get donations.
  10. HAVE FUN: We mean it (we even used all caps)! You’re playing games and healing kids, enjoy yourself!

BONUS TIP- Brighten the mood: Playing in a dark room might seem cool at first, but that’s not going to fly at 4 a.m. Keeping the lights bright during the wee hours can help “trick” your brain into making less melatonin, the sleep hormone naturally produced when the lights go out. But if your body is screaming for a nap, listen to it.

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!