Posted by Palma Cicchetti on Oct 29, 2020

Video games aren’t just for fun, they can be great fundraisers for our clubs and bring our family, friends, youth and maybe even potential new members to our events.

We asked Tony Lopez, president of the Rotary Club of Groton-Pepperell about his club’s successful Rocket League Tournament gaming fundraiser on October 24. “This was a great experience," he says. "I received a lot of messages after saying how fun this was and they couldn’t wait to do it again.”

There were about 20 teams of participants, gamers and non-gamers alike, joining the online tournament. Between sponsorships and entries, the club raised $2,100, which will be benefitting local families with remote-schooling costs of paying for internet service.

Getting involved was as easy as playing video games from the comfort of your own home. The tournament has a ranking system, to keep track of players and scores. At the start of a match, the system goes to a livestream or broadcast mode, where Ross, the “shoutcaster,” runs entertaining and engaging video commentary to the players.

During the [broad]cast," Tony says, "[Ross] would comment on the game itself, which was exhilarating. I've never been invested in watching a game like that. I felt like I was watching hockey.”

For more information, contact Groton-Pepperell President Tony Lopez at

To watch Tony’s two-minute pre-show video about Rotary and esports, click here - or on the image.