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OU Esports Surpasses $10K Donation Goal

OU Giving Day was held on April 14, 2022, an event to encourage donations to a wide variety of departments and organizations across OU. OU Esports held a 24-hour livestream that hosted various panels.

Stream Start

The panels included interviews and discussions from all the different pillars. Austin “RexGoDragon” Ngyuen, Solidus Leadership Awardee, MCed for the stream. The goal of the stream was to raise money for the OU Esports Solidus Scholarships, annual scholarships given to members of the organization. The donation goal was set at $10,000.

Throughout the day, panels were hosted by various leaders in OU Esports. 

In the early morning, various members of the stream team lead sections of the stream. Jack “Ajax” Boyd, Halo Coach and Solidus Ambassador Awardee, hosted a panel and streamed alongside other members of the stream team.

“It was a great experience as we were able to interact with so much of our community during the stream (and we were also able to) raise money for future scholarships for students,” Boyd said over Discord.

They played games such as “Golf with your Friends” and “Team Fight Tactics”. Half way through the stream, OU Esports had already made $6420 in donations.

The late morning consisted of panels hosted mostly by Solidus Leadership Awardee and Intercollegiate Esports Director Jonathan “Radpanda” Hudson, who interviewed many of the leaders in OU Esports. Kaleb “Slaw” Slawson, Assistant Director of OU Esports hosted a “Mario Party” panel with various leaders in OU Esports. They talked about their starts at OU Esports and what it means to be a leader.

Interviews, Leadership and Games

After the leadership panels, Mike Aguliar talked with two previous leaders of OU Esports, Alex “A2” Tu and Callie “Kitren” Simonton to discuss where OU Esports had come from.

Afterwards was all fun and games, as the stream team came back with games like “Halo” and “Minecraft”. In between the games, Aguilar hosted a panel to discuss the future of OU esports, including discussing the expansion of OU Esports in the Cross apartments. Alongside him were co-founders of OU Esports, Rachel Bray and Jack Counts, who were excited to see the expansion of OU Esports.

Goal Achieved

After all was said and done and Aguilar said good night, the stream made $11,440 in donations. On OU Giving Day, there was a total of $11,043,083 made and 2,978 gifts awarded.

OU Esports completed four of the challenges set up by OU. The Solidus Fund won 2nd in most video shares, 2nd in most gifts given between 4:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m., 1st in most gifts between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and 1st in most repeat donors. That is $8,000 earned from those challenges.

The Solidus Fund will be used to provide scholarships to students in OU Esports. Not only the players and coaches, but to every pillar.

OU Esports would like to thank everyone who contributed to the stream on OU Giving Day. This money paves the way for the future of Esports not only at OU, but the future of all esports.

This fund will provide many students with opportunities at OU Esports. These students are paving the way for future generations.

Thanks to everyone that donated and worked to finish the challenges to raise money for the Solidus funds!

Jack "Ajax" Boyd

Obviously there are many people within this org who deserve a "thank you" and much more. I am still rather new to when it comes to being a coach, I have a lot to learn and am still trying to carve my own path within this organization. However, my thanks and deepest gratitude goes to those who have been here everyday working their hardest to mold this into something much bigger than any of us. I can only hope that my journey allows me to contribute a modicum of what these people have done for OU Esports.

Logan "Pralimos" Goin

"Good job guys! Thanks again, thanks alums, thanks for the support! Thanks students, thanks to anyone that (watched)."

Mike "Moog" Aguilar
Cooper Marshall

Cooper Marshall is a junior print journalism major minoring in social justice at the University of Oklahoma. He is the current News Lead of OU Esports News and Media. He enjoys biking, hiking, movies, and of course video games. While he's not a very competitive guy and prefers single-player games, he can totally beat you at Mario Kart.

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