Yesterday afternoon, at an event at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Team Xbox was proud to join Gamers Outreach to deliver ten next generation “GO Karts” (Gamers Outreach Karts), medical-grade gaming kiosks which provide recreation through video games to Seattle children undergoing hospital treatments. Provided by donations from the Xbox community, the ten new GO Karts are the biggest donation in Gamers Outreach history and come equipped with an Xbox One, monitor, controllers, and an assortment of games to help provide patients with a familiar social environment through gameplay.
“I have the pleasure of working with patients and their families in the ICU and often use the GO Kart system,“ said Jennifer Baker, child life specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “The GO Karts have been a valuable resource in providing entertainment, distraction and normalization for these patients. It is an honor to be receiving such a generous gift knowing how much joy these bring our patients at Seattle Children’s.”
GO Karts are provided to hospitals across the country through individual donations and Gamers Outreach initiatives. A total of 36 first generation GO Karts currently support 19 hospitals across the United States, but the need for more is still great. Gamers Outreach aims to donate 100 next generation GO Karts to hospitals this year and ultimately, place a kiosk in every children’s hospital across the country.
“It’s amazing to see this project come to life after a year of planning,” said Gamers Outreach founder Zach Wigal. “The GO Kart initiative started as a one-off passion project and has grown to a program that supports patients nationwide. With our next generation of GO Karts, we’re able to deliver these kiosks more efficiently, and ultimately have a much greater impact in the lives of the kids and families going through hospitalization.”
Anyone can support Gamers Outreach by visiting gamersoutreach.org/donate. There, you can make a contribution, sign-up to volunteer, or start your own fundraising campaign to donate a GO Kart to a children’s hospital in your community.
Our sincerest thanks to everyone in the Xbox community who helped to make this possible.