Virtual Athletics League Finals Raises $ for Children Impacted by COVID-19

The Gateway in SLC

The Gateway, due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Utah, is limiting large-scale public events. Most will be postponed through April. The March 29 Grand Finals were originally planned at Virtualities at The Gateway. The original VR arcade portion of the tournament had 200 arcades globally set to participate prior to cancellation but was cancelled earlier in March.

Virtual Athletics League has altered the focus of their Grand Finals Facebook Gaming streaming event, happening this Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to a more philanthropic approach. They have partnered with Extra Life fundraising program of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a fundraising program that empowers the gaming community. Extra Life is the preeminent charity for video game charity streams. The goal is to help protect children potentially affected by Covid-19’s impacts and assist frontline healthcare workers.

People were able to compete at home from their living rooms during an online event that concluded on March 15. The top three best Pistol Whip players in the world from the online portion of the tournament are set to compete in the finals broadcast. The top three players will join in on the broadcast from Salt Lake City by broadcasting from Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Professional VR esports casters who were originally slated to travel to Salt Lake City to broadcast will also instead be joining in remotely.

Their direct contact is Kameron Mikesell. Contact is below. For more information, their complete release follows.

How people can help: If they would like to be involved with the Virtual Athletics League fundraising towards the Extra Life Charity and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, they can do so by:

 *   Tuning in to the live broadcast of the Grand Finals event on March 29th, 2020 at 10 a.m. Pacific, on either and donate during the event.
 *   Donating to the Facebook fundraiser here:<>
 *   Or directly at the VAL extra life page:<>
 *   To volunteer in another way, they can email<>

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.