YMCA PARTNERS WITH OZ ESPORTS
OZ ESPORTS CONTACT:
Joey Nowlin, Director of Marketing
Greater Wichita YMCA CONTACT:
Shamain Bachman Vice President of Marketing
FIRST CITY-WIDE ESPORTS TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT GREATER WICHITA YMCA
Wichita, Kansas—Local Esports fundraising company, OZ Esports announced today that they will be hosting the first city wide esports tournament to benefit the Greater YMCA on Saturday, October 17.
“Large fundraising events are not possible in this environment of COVID 19, so we have to get a little creative with how to raise funds,” said Hillary Alexander, associate vice president of philanthropy for the Greater Wichita YMCA. “When we discovered the success OZ Esports had with other local not-for-profits, we realized this was the perfect option to engage our membership in a safe, fun and competitive activity.”
In a typical year the YMCA hosts a variety of fundraising activities across the city including multiple dinners with silent auctions. “Our fundraising needs have continued,” said Shane Loy, regional VP for the YMCA, “but we simply are unable to bring our members together like in years past due to COVID 19.”
In 2019 the Greater Wichita YMCA served 300,000+ community members through free and low-cost advocacy programs including before- and after-school activities, job prep, and Late Night. Money raised annually through our Strong Community campaign allows the YMCA to continue to serve all regardless of ability to pay.
OZ Esports, co-founder Joey Nowlin said, “online gaming is very popular, and something done by a majority of people across a wide age range.” According to statistics, nearly 70% of US households have a gamer. “We saw an opportunity to help not-for-profits fundraise by leveraging this activity,” continued Nowlin. “It’s an activity that can be done from home, it’s very competitive and an activity that allows the YMCA to engage all of its members.” “We don’t charge anything to setup a tournament and provide a complete, turnkey solution allowing any organization to quickly and easily raise money.”
There will be three games offered—Fortnite, SmashBrothers and NBA 2K21. The donation or entry fee is $10. Estimated prize pool will be $200 for each tournament, paid in cash and prizes. The tournament sponsor is Sunflower Bank. Registration will be open beginning October 10. All tournament proceeds will go the Wichita Greater YMCA.
About OZ Esports: Based in Wichita, Kansas, founded for the purpose of helping organizations raise money through esports tournaments. All gaming platforms are supported. Services include tournament hosting, electronic payment processing and marketing.
About the Greater Wichita YMCA:
Since 1885, The Greater Wichita YMCA has been volunteer-led and mission driven and consistently empowered healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development for all in Southcentral Kansas. Today, we employ 1,400+ and serve 300,000+ of our neighbors in Butler, Harvey, Kingman, Reno, and Sedgwick Counties. We support healthy spirit, mind, and body through community development, education and wellness initiatives, youth and family programs, licensed child care and camp, and physical activity. Our 180,000+ members and the entire community have access to over a million square feet of fitness space across our ten area branch locations in Andover, El Dorado, Newton, and Wichita as well as four seasonal, outdoor water parks (Andover and Wichita), two indoor/outdoor sports complexes (Andover and Wichita), and Camp Hyde (Viola). Our annual Strong Community Campaign which funds our free and reduced-costs programs and enables scholarships, grants, and income-based member and program pricing for those who qualify allow us to honor our commitment to serve all, regardless of their ability to pay. Learn more at ymcawichita.org/about.