Making Your Mark: Video game heroes help sick children

13News Now LaSalle Blanks has the story

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WVEC-TV) -- They're true gamers. Members of the William and Mary Smash Club have formed a special click. Their friendships are formed out of a love of video games, "Smash Bros. Melee" to be specific.

On Saturday, they made some amazing moves along with gamers all over the world -- joining forces to pay to play their favorite video game just like clubs across the country and the world were doing. The gamers combined to raise millions of dollars to help a charity called "Extra Life 4 Kids" that donates money to children's hospitals around the U.S., including Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk. They also donate video game equipment to help kids who are battling serious illnesses. 

"So that the children have something to do to get their minds off of whatever else is happening in their life," said Arjun Malhotra, Smash Club President. 

"I was very sick as a kid myself so I spent a lot of time in the hospital," said Stephen Blotkam, a Smash Club member at William and Mary. "That was always something that made my day was when we had games come in."

The William and Mary Smash Club joined gamers all around the world in a huge day of unity and kindness that spread on social media, thanks to the hashtag GAMEDAY2016. Gamers united to raise more than $6.5 million dollars and counting. The Smash Club members at William and Mary have a special message to the kids they're trying to help.

"Just keep going," Arjun said. "There are so many people who are rooting for all of the children out there fighting."


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