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LA Valiant partners with children's hospital in $500,000 fundraising pledge

Overwatch League team announces first-of-its-kind partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Esports organisation Immortals has today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In effort to support the hospital dedicated to treating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, Immortals' Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant has committed to raising $500,000 over two years.

Immortals and LA Valiant will run a number of events through donations from the esports community, such a charity stream by Joshua "Ah Craaaap" Sharon, from Immortals' North American Champion Clash on December 19 at 12pm PST.

"We appreciate the opportunity to create a new, dynamic way to engage with esports fans and introduce our mission to new potential supporters," said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organisation for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"Through this partnership, we look forward to working with Immortals and the LA Valiant, as well as the large and growing esports fan community who continues to generously support the patients, families and lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."

As part of LA Valiant's inaugural season in the Overwatch League, the team raised thousands of dollar for patients and families at St. Jude through its Be Valiant event series and Live the Legacy playoff campaign.

"It is part of our organisational DNA to give back to the communities that we serve and represent," said Noah Whinston, executive chairman of Immortals and LA Valiant.

"We believe wholeheartedly in the mission of St. Jude, and it is an honour to work with a partner that shares our values of inclusivity. It's incredible that families at St. Jude never receive a bill, so they can focus on what matters most - helping their child live."

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