TCA and Other Charities Partner With EA Sports FIFA 21 to Host Gaming Tournament

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Stars of MLS, premier league to compete in global livestream

Charity fundraiser showcasing EA Sports’ FIFA 21

“US v UK, Together Against Cancer and Covid” to Benefit

Teen Cancer America, Teenage Cancer Trust, GameChanger Charity

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/LONDON (Oct. 23, 2020) – The global goodwill of the international gaming community will shine Oct. 25-30 as Teen Cancer America (TCA), Teenage Cancer Trust and GameChanger Charity collaborates with EA Sports, PlayStation and Twitch to host a worldwide online fundraiser showcasing the new FIFA 21 video game. Viewers of the livestream event will be able to register for prize packages by making donations benefitting children, teens and young adults facing cancer.

“US v UK, Together Against Cancer and Covid” will feature professional soccer standouts from the Los Angeles Football Club and New York City Football Club of MLS, versus current and former players from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League, together with E-sports professionals and celebrity influencers in a three-day tournament streamed live on Twitch, YouTube and Sky Chanel 192 (UK).

Each team will compete in best-of-three semifinal matches played on Monday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Oct 28, with the winners squaring off in the best-of-five championship on Friday, Oct. 30. Nicolás Acevedo (NYFC), Pablo Sisniega (LAFC), Joleon Lescott (MCFC legend), Georgia Stanway (MCWFC) and other players will team up with E-sports pros Chris “Chris” Holly, Ryan “Ryan” Pessoa, Shaun “Shellzz” Springette and Martin “RemiMartinn” Oregel, together with support from YouTube sensation Morgz and British pop rocker Connor Ball of The Vamps, to reach a global audience of millions.

“I am honored to be taking part in this FIFA 21 tournament to support young people experiencing cancer,” said Lescott, former star defender for Man City. “Now, more than ever, charities like TCA, Teenage Cancer Trust and GameChanger need our help to ensure they can continue supporting those who need it during such difficult times. I encourage gamers and sports fans to tune into the tournament and get involved in this amazing cause.”

Fans and viewers who make charitable donations during the livestream will be eligible to win FIFA 21 game codes, FIFA Ultimate Team items, Razer headsets and other prizes. The semifinals will be replayed between game days, providing additional opportunities for donations to the event’s non-profit partners. The livestream event opens Sunday, Oct. 25.

Livestream schedule:

Mon. 10/26 (4pm PT/7pm ET, 11pm UK): Semifinal Match 1 – LA Football Club v NYC Football Club  

Wed. 10/28 (9am PT/12pm ET, 4pm UK): Semifinal Match 2 – Man City v Tottenham Hotspur

Fri. 10/30 (11am PT /2pm ET, 6pm UK): Final – US v UK

TCA, founded in 2012 by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, funds specialized facilities and services in hospitals throughout the U.S. to improve the experience and outcomes for teens and young adults with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust, the UK precursor of TCA, was founded in 1990 and has changed the national standard of care throughout Great Britain for cancer patients aged 13–24. Both charities have seen their donations negatively impacted by the global pandemic. COVID-19 has created added risk and isolation for cancer patients, making the upcoming fundraiser even more important.

“It’s fantastic to see teams on both sides of the pond come together to support young people with cancer and other illnesses,” said Kate Collins, Chief Executive, Teenage Cancer Trust. “Many are struggling due to the impact of coronavirus, so we encourage everyone watching to dig deep and donate whatever they can to help out.”

GameChanger Charity was founded in 2007 by former tech entrepreneur and developer Jim Carol, following the cancer diagnosis of his teenage son, now in remission. For 13 years, Carol has leveraged his expertise and industry network to build partnerships and programs to improve the lives of children facing life threatening illnesses. Supported by some of the world’s leading tech and gaming companies, GameChanger has helped over 25,000 children in 13 countries by donating game equipment and building technology platforms to reduce isolation and help hospitalized kids feel more connected.

“Prior to our son’s terminal diagnosis, we spent our lives building profitable tech companies,” said Carol. “While we were living in a pediatric cancer ward, we vowed to use technology and innovation to build a ‘conspiracy of good’ that would provide tech and gaming to all kids who were sick and isolated in hospitals, and that’s when the magic began.”

Carol and partners are hoping for more of that magic when US v UK, Together Against Cancer and Covid gets underway on Monday.

About Teen Cancer America

Teen Cancer America seeks to bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by helping the health providers and health systems develop specialized programs and facilities for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age-targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information, email Michelle Aland (michelle@teencanceramerica.org) or visit www.teencanceramerica.org

About Teenage Cancer Trust

Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the words “you have cancer.”  Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. We do it We’re the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialized support through our expert nurses, support teams and hospital units. Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org/donate.

About GameChanger Charity

For 13 years, GameChanger Charity has worked with partners in the tech and gaming community to ease the pain and suffering of hospitalized, sick and isolated children through the power of play. GameChanger makes every day a little better for thousands of young patients and caregivers around the world through innovations in gaming and media technology to reduce loneliness and boredom, helping them feel connected and more hopeful. Visit www.gamechangercharity.org

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