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Saints esports growing through giving

Nov 21, 2019 11:41AM ● By Travis Charlson

The St. Ansgar E-Sports team is now just over a year old, and is slated to start only its second season of competition this spring. However, the group is already looking for ways to give back to those in need.

Many of the other sports teams at St. Ansgar do their own fundraisers and community service events, Coach Brian Birkedal said, such as the breast-cancer awareness games and free-throw contests put on by the basketball teams.

“It’s kind of nice to do something that’s not to fundraiser just for us, but to have a voice and do something for other people that need it.” Birkedal said.

Birkedal and company thought they too would find a way to give back, and to improve the lives of others, and help families in need across our state.

With the help of the Extra Life and Boise State ESports, the Saints launched a fundraising campaign to give funds to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Extra Life is a fundraising platform that partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to help fundraise for the 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.


  • Extra Life is a gaming and DIY fundraising platform supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
  • The St. Ansgar E-Sports team joined thousands of gamers, dedicating a day to play games and raise funds.
  • 100% of the donations go to a local children’s hospital.

After the Saints set up their own fundraising campaign to give to the Stead Family Hospital, they got a little help promoting from Boise State University — the Saints were featured on a “Saint Ansgar Esports Day” broadcast put on by Boise State Esports to help get the word out about the endeavor.

Even if you missed the broadcast, donations can still be made by going to and searching for “Saint Ansgar Esports”.