Were visits to the doctor ever a pleasant experience as a kid? Of course not! Even regular checkups were a hassle and a nightmare, but those lollipops and model airplanes were totally worth it in the end. But my experiences differed greatly from the kids who were stuck in hospitals with life threatening illnesses and the like. It sucks being sick and stuck in a hospital with nothing to look at other than those sterile white walls, right? That’s exactly why we’re getting involved with Wiimbledon this year and donating proceeds to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play Charity.
What Steve Bryant and Lane Buschel started two years ago in Brooklyn has now become something more than just a Wii tennis tournament. I went last year and had an incredibly fun time watching folks in all manner of costume playing a little Wii, drinking a lot of beer and having a generally fun time. But we’re changing that around a little bit this year to include a fundraiser that will hopefully raise the single largest sum of money for Child’s Play ever.
To help raise money for all the sick kids out there we’ve asked hundreds of tech companies to pitch in products for giveaways and for an auction that will start in the coming weeks ahead of Wiimbledon. We already have a ton of sweet doodads for the auction, but we’re not revealing everything just yet. We still have to lock down a few more sponsors and goodies for tournament participants, but we’ll make a big reveal very, very soon.
So in the mean time mark your calendars for June 27th and be sure you’re at Barcade in Brooklyn. Sign ups for Wiimbledon are now open with a $3.99 entry fee (to play, it’s free to attend). If you’re not in NY you can always donate to the cause as well, but more on that a little later.
If you have any question please send them to wiimbledonnyc at gmail dot com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter as well for updates.
Here are some photos from last year. You don’t want to miss this kickass event. Trust me.