Featured Big Hearted Gamer: Jamison McLean

We support the gamers who play games and volunteer for charity. BigHeartedGamers.com wants to recognize people who support their communities, locally or at large.

What was the game that turned you into a gamer?

The original Legend of Zelda.

What video game charities do you play or volunteer for?

Extra Life.

Do you volunteer or support any non-gaming charities?

In addition to Extra Life, I do volunteer work for CMN Hospitals – radiothons, etc.

What made you decide to play for charity?

I got into tabletop gaming a little over 4 years ago, and it was such an awesome experience to be able to connect with people in person, rather than on my phone or computer. I wanted to turn that into something that could give back to my local community.

How do you promote your campaigns?

We regularly do fundraising nights at local restaurants, we’ve done a scavenger hunt, and volunteered for road races.

What are some of your most rewarding experiences in gaming for charity?

One of the most rewarding things I’ve experienced is Extra Life United, where we got to meet and interact with both the CMN Miracle families and kids, and fellow Extra Lifers from across North America.

What is your defining “Big Hearted Gaming” moment?

We were invited to attend the grand opening of the brand new Pediatric ICU at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital last year. It was amazing to see what the funds we raised was going to, especially here locally.

What are some of your prominent successes or memories?

Last year, our event was featured on multiple local news outlets. We were also interviewed on the radio.

Thank you Jamison! You can support him and his endeavors with gaming for charity on his Extra Life participant page.

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