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Student-Organized Video Game Tournament Benefits Food Bank

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a man standing in front of a flat screen television: Pranav Hooda, left, and Michael Sakellakis, right, organized a virtual video game tournament to raise money for COVID-19 relief. © Zoom Call Photo Courtesy Michael Sakellakis Pranav Hooda, left, and Michael Sakellakis, right, organized a virtual video game tournament to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

MAHWAH, NJ — Two Bergen County Academies freshmen hosted a virtual video game tournament to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts.

Michael Sakellakis, of Franklin Lakes and Pranav Hooda, of Mahwah, organized an online Fortnite tournament with a $5 buy-in for players. The tournament, which was played on May 23, raised $370, enough for 2,500 meals, according to Sakellakis.

The duo plan to donate the funds to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, when it's safe for both to make the donation in person, he said.

In total, 48 participants played in the tournament.

According to Sakellakis, the idea for the tournament came in a brainstorming session regarding ways to help the community.

"We knew that we could not have a physical event, and were also aware of the increasing boredom of many people as a result of the prolonged quarantine," said Sakellakis. "We both agreed that a virtual video game tournament would not only cure the boredom of many, but also raise money and awareness for a worthy cause."

Especially struck by the rising unemployment numbers and how that relates to people's ability to feed themselves, the two decided to donate the proceeds to a cause that could provide meals to affected people.

"Hopefully, these meals could help families that do not have enough money to purchase food," said Sakellakis.

Sakellakis said he and Hooda intend to continue to fundraise for causes they care about in the future.

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