Call of Duty Endowment, the franchise’s long-running charity that supports military veterans in their search for employment has today announced their second annual C.O.D.E Bowl. On December 11th, the C.O.D.E Bowl, a charity event that raises funds and awareness for veteran employment, will kick off.
Details of the event
For the first time, it will include all five of the US Armed Forces as well as crossing over the Atlantic to include the UK Armed Forces as well. Members of the esports teams from every branch of the US and UK military will take part in a live streamed gaming and esports event. They will also be joined by top Call of Duty streamers, those currently believed to be attending are listed below but more will be announced in the coming days.
Players will be divided into teams of six and will face off in a tournament style competition. They will be captained by one of the streamers with another professional player from the Call of Duty League coaching each team. The eight branches of the Armed Forces will compete with one another to see who will be crowned victorious.
Comments from the organisers
Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment, said:
“We are proud to have the United States and the United Kingdom militaries come together to participate in the C.O.D.E. Bowl. This will be the first time all military branches have come together for a spirited eSports competition with the added bonus of raising awareness for veteran employment and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with USAA to make this happen.”
Tony Wells, a former infantry officer in the US Marines and current USAA (United Services Automobile Association) Chief Brand Officer, added:
“C.O.D.E. Bowl is a premiere gaming event made even more impactful by the work of the Endowment to help place veterans into careers following their military service. USAA is proud to support C.O.D.E. Bowl and expand our involvement in esports as a way to celebrate military members and veterans and help them connect with each other through games they love.”
100% of the net proceeds raised by the event will go towards finding high-quality jobs for combat veterans. The Call of Duty Endowment has already funded the placement of over 77,000 veterans into employment since 2009.
Air Force Gaming
This will be the first year that the US Air Force and the newly created Space Force will take part in the esports event. Their esports organization was launched back in early November. The new Air Force Gaming was created by Capt. Oliver Parson as a part of a grassroots effort to improve moral and community among his service members. Writing about the event, Parsons said:
“Holiday tournaments felt like a great way to bring a touch of home back to these individuals. This style of resilience promoting activity is exactly why we on-boarded Air Force Gaming, and I’m thrilled we can give our Airmen and Space Professionals stationed across the world a taste of home.”
If you want to know more about Capt. Parsons and the newly minted Air Force Gaming check out our website next week to read our interview with the man that started it all.
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