In the Loop
Student Stories : Nov 8, 2016

BADAS Society students game all night, raise $1,800 for Shands Children’s Hospital

By Ansley Pentz

Armed with computers and consoles, and with air mattresses sprawled across Digital Worlds' auditorium floor, BADAS Society (Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts and Sciences Society) members played video games through the night.

During Extra-Life, a 24-hour gaming event Nov. 5, the group raised over $1,800 for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. Attendees were also given the opportunity to use the HTC Vive, a virtual-reality device.

“We were able to come together and bond over our favorite games while simultaneously collecting more donations than previous Extra-Life events," said Peter Ariet, the BADAS Society vice president. "It really helped showcase our ability to reach out to our communities for help.” 

Digital Worlds Institute Director James Oliverio said that in the past two years, DW students raised nearly $5,000 for the hospital. 

“We are very proud of the involvement and motivation of the members of the BADAS Society,” he said.

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