Celebrating 15 Years!

2015 Grantees

For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have served millions of children across the nation, offering multiple educational programs, including its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative for students to learn and grow. The ESA Foundation will support this initiative to encourage kids and young adults to apply STEM concepts to real-life experiences to improve their local communities.

[Photo: Boys and girls of all ages participate in numerous activities offered by the BGCA, including its innovative, hands-on STEM program.]


Since 2013 the ESA Foundation has supported Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon and fundraiser that has raised more than $14 million for medical research and treatment at Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals across North America since its inception. Extra Life 2014 featured a new ESA Foundation Challenge, which awarded grants to the top two participating CMN Hospitals based on their fundraising totals. Extra Life 2015 will take place on November 7.

[Photo: Extra Life players participate in the 24-hour video game marathon and fundraiser to raise money for their local CMN Hospital.]

Drexel University, a leader in collegiate game design programs, will use its ESA Foundation grant to offer game development workshops for girls in the Philadelphia region in partnership with TechGirlz, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations. The workshops will give girls a hands-on experience with different technologies and encourage them to pursue degrees and occupations in technology-related industries.

[Photo: Students participate in a TechGirlz TechShop program, gaining hands-on experience with innovative technologies.]

HopeLab harnesses the power and appeal of technology to motivate measureable positive health behaviors in young people. Since 2006, the ESA Foundation has supported HopeLab’s creation and release of Re-Mission and Re-Mission 2, which promote successful, long-term treatment outcomes for adolescents with cancer. In 2015, ESA Foundation will support clinical testing for Zamzee, a new physical activity tracker that encourages physical activity among children and their families.

[Photo: Screenshot from HopeLab’s Zamzee project, a new physical activity tracker that encourages physical fitness among children and their families.]

Since 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NMEC) has served as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. With better public awareness, training, laws and technology, the recovery rate of missing children has jumped from 62 percent in 1990 to more than 97 percent today. The ESA Foundation will support NCMEC’s development of NetSmartz Kids Club UYN, a monthly online feature that promotes Internet safety with animated media, interactive activities and more.

[Photo: Screenshot from NetSmartzKids promoting Internet safety.]

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), a component of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to preserving one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native American artifacts. With support from the ESA Foundation, NMAI will develop The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, an in-gallery game play experience that will explore the importance of the Inka Road and how the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere changed the course of world history.

[Photo: The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC offers a variety of educational exhibits for visitors to explore.]

ThanksUSA mobilizes Americans to “thank” the men and women of the U.S. armed forces by providing college, technical and vocational school scholarships to the children and spouses, offering an American history game, Treasure Hunt, and reminding players of the freedom and values sustained by members of the armed services. ThanksUSA received. The ESA Foundation has supported Treasure Hunt since 2009, and will continue to do so in 2015.

 “The ESA Foundation’s heartwarming support has helped hundreds of military members and their families.” – ThanksUSA

[Photo: ThanksUSA Co-founder Kelsi Okun with Gen. Raymond Odierno.]

VisionQuest 20/20 harnesses the power of educational technology to establish a nationwide vision screening program to help provide exceptional eye care to school children across the U.S. Its newest screening system, an interactive game called EyeSpy 20/20, is the only screening system that tests visual acuity, depth perception and color vision. The ESA Foundation’s support will provide EyeSpy 20/20 software and related supplies and trainings to more than 30 schools to help them conduct unlimited screenings.

[Photo: A student plays EyeSpy 20/20 during a routine eye examination.]

About ESA Foundation

In January 2000, the Entertainment Software Association board of directors formalized the philanthropic efforts of the association and its members by authorizing the creation of the ESA Foundation.

Our Mission

The ESA Foundation provides scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supports charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology to create meaningful opportunities for America’s youth. We seek to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit grantees of all ages, races and religions. To date, ESA Foundation has raised more than $20 million for a wide variety of worthy causes.

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