Nordlum’s initiative seeks suggestions on recipient of donation from next event in July

    Love video games? Love giving back to the community and worthwhile organizations? Then “Kombat for a Kause” video game tournaments might be a good fit for you. It all started when local gamer, Alex Nordlum, got an idea for a fundraiser after watching an episode of “The Office” where they were planning an event for Boy Scouts of America, and thought to himself, “I could do that.” So, he did.

    Kombat for a Kause held their first video game tournament in April and donated proceeds to the Crookston Food Shelf at North Country Food Bank. They played Mortal Kombat X the first tournament, Mortal Kombat 11 right after its release for the May tournament, and Super Smash Bros. at their June tournament. Other charities they’ve donated so far include the Thief River Falls Food Shelf and Humane Society of Polk County.

    On their website, kombatforakause.org, they currently have a poll of which charity to donate proceeds from their July event which include the Thief River Humane Society, Elevate Youth, The Cove Youth Center, Crookston Care and Share, Tristate Transgender, or SAS ND. They also have a poll for which game they will play which include Tekken 7, Dead of Alive 6, Street Fighter 5, Soul Caliber 6, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Injustice 2, Dragon Ball Fighters, 2v2 Rocket League, Crash Team Racing, or Mario Kart 8.

    All tournaments are held at the Crookston Eagles Club and the next events are scheduled for July 13, August 3, September 14, October 12, November 16, December 14 and January 11. Entry into one of Kombat’s tournaments, announced by Chris Hensrud, is $20, and the times of the tournaments are from 1:30-5 p.m. plus they play on either a PS4 or Nintendo Switch. Also, Kombat for a Kause had custom lapel pins made as just another way to raise funds for the charity of the month and they’re available for $3.

    Nordlum told the Times, for the July tournament, they are going to ask their current players to bring new players and they’ll get $5 off per player with the possibility of having the current player get in for free if they bring four new players.  

    “If people have ideas for charities or games, they can post them on our website,” he added.

    For more information on Kombat for a Kause, visit www.kombatforakause.org or contact Alex at (775) 315-9990.