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ESA Foundation Honors Grantees and Scholarship Awardees at 2014 Nite to Unite – for Kids

OCTOBER 2, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) will honor scholarship awardees and grantees at a premiere gala event, Nite to Unite – for Kids (NTU), October 22 in San Francisco.

The scholarship awardees are women and minorities who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer and Video Game Arts. This gathering of the U.S. computer and video game community demonstrates the industry’s commitment to support organizations that make a positive impact on American youth through technology and video games.

“We are proud of our partnerships with these outstanding awardees because together we are able to positively impact areas such as education, health, safety, and career opportunities,” said Jenny Lai, vice president at the ESAF. “We want to celebrate the success of our grantees and scholarship awardees because of the impact they currently and will continue to on kids and the video game industry.”

One 2014 NTU honoree is iCivics, an online civics education platform founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. This tool for teachers reaches four million students per year. The ESA Foundation supported iCivics’ launch of games that teach international policy and human rights.

“The ESA Foundation understands the value of video games as well as the challenges of access to digital resources,” said Carrie Hill, director of programming at iCivics. “It is critical for us to partner with funding organizations that share our mission. The ESA Foundation helps us elevate children’s learning experiences by supporting these efforts.”

Both individuals and companies are welcome to attend NTU, which will feature signature cocktails, tasting buffets, casino games, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $750 for individuals. Sponsorship packages are also available. For registration and ticket information, visit www.nitetounite.org or contact Molly Glover at (415) 551-5190 or by email at molly@whiterainproductions.com.

ESAF supported more than 50 diverse organizations and schools dedicated to providing positive educational programs and career opportunities for America’s youth.

The 2014 grant recipients are:

• Albert Schweitzer Elementary;
• Strive Preparatory School;
• MassDiGI at Becker College;
• Bootstrap, a program of Brown University;
• EverFi;
• Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles;
• Hispanic Heritage Foundation;
• HopeLab Foundation;
• iCivics;
• Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting;
• ThanksUSA;
• Tiger Woods Learning Center; and
• World Wide Workshop Foundation – Globaloria

Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators. We support organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.esafoundation.org or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.

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