The Legend of Zelda Will Raise Awareness for Extra Life, Benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital

The Legend of Zelda Will Raise Awareness for Extra Life, Benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital

Here at the Houston Symphony, we know the powerful impact the arts can have on a community. Our partnership with organizations like Extra Life Houston is one of example of the ways the Symphony seeks to serve Houston. We are proud to promote this fantastic organization, which hosts annual gaming competitions to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. Learn more about Extra Life HERE and stop by their table at The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert this Friday July 6th at Jones Hall.

Below, Extra Life Houston participant Jesus Garza shares his thoughts on the partnership between Extra Life and the Houston Symphony.

The Legend of Zelda Will Raise Awareness for Extra Life, Benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital
By: Jesus Garza

“Press start to begin”, “Continue?”, “Save Game”; who would’ve thought phrases such as these could be key to saving a child’s life. I never would have, until three years ago when I became part of Children’s Miracle Network’s Extra Life program. Since then, I’ve been very devoted to making sure Houston and the rest of the nation are aware of how easy it is to raise money for charity care at Texas Children’s Hospital… and it’s done doing something I love, playing video games. It sounds crazy, but last year we raised 1.4 million dollars nationwide doing just that.

The Extra Life team at the Houston Symphony Distant Worlds concert, 2011
The Extra Life team at the Houston Symphony Distant Worlds concert, 2011
Part of the video game culture is the music, everyone knows Super Mario Bros.’ world 1-1 music, The Legend of Zelda’s theme, and many more. Game soundtracks have seeped into mainstream culture, and thanks to the Houston Symphony, we have been able to experience the music we love with fellow gamers. With these concerts, Extra Life Houston has been able to raise an immense amount of awareness of how easy it can be to save a kid’s life by picking up a controller. Look for us at The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert this Friday July 6th and find out more at www.Extra-Life.org.

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