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The Cleveland Gaming Classic, is best known as an event that happens once a year dedicated to a “weekend of everything gaming.”   2020 has presented unique challenges to businesses and organizations worldwide. As a result, the Cleveland Gaming Classic has made the decision to go entirely virtual for their annual event on November 21 and 22, 2020.

However, this year the proceeds from their 2020 show will go to directly benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland. Through this partnership, the Cleveland Gaming Classic can still provide engaging content for its audience, while giving back to UCP of Greater Cleveland.

The Cleveland Gaming Classic originally started as a small annual event with a tournament for Tecmo Super Bowl on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, but quickly evolved into much more. In 2019, The Cleveland Gaming drew nearly 1,000 attendees from at least 10 states here to Northeast Ohio. Attendees gathered for tournaments, arcade games, tabletop and card games, guest performances, panels, show casing local video game developers, and just reliving their childhood on classic and retro video game consoles.

UCP of Greater Cleveland is best known as a local organization serving children and adults with a wide range of disabilities with the goal to advance their independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. UCP of Greater Cleveland serves over 1,500 children and adults each with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, genetic disorders, intellectual disability, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder, among others.

​"At first we thought we would just cancel our 2020 show, but we've been so inspired by what people are doing for each other and their communities in these difficult times,” said Tom Jenkins, Founder and Director of Cleveland Gaming Classic. “We've got a great platform, people and passion who love gaming - and we've got such an incredible organization like UCP here in Cleveland. I’m incredibly excited about not only the content we can push out to our audience despite the challenges for 2020 – but also the positive impact it will have directly for UCP of Greater Cleveland. It's really a perfect partnership."

"UCP of Greater Cleveland is thrilled and grateful to be the chosen beneficiary of the 2020 Cleveland Gaming Classic!” added Trish Otter, President & CEO of UCP. “We rely on the support of community partners such as CGC to help raise funds and awareness, which are both crucial in our effort to provide programs and services to children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, especially during this time.  In therapy, the children we serve are unlocking previously unavailable abilities just as an action game of physical challenges, hand eye coordination and reflexes. They are always in challenge mode facing quests continuously leading to badges that improve their quality of life.  Thank you, again, and GLHF!”

To register, to donate, and/or for more information about the Cleveland Gaming Classic and UCP, visit gamecleveland.com or ucpcleveland.org. 

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