Softgiving and The Pittsburgh Knights have announced a partnership to create a series of live-streamed charity events together. The first event, the Wiz and Friends Charity Stream, will take place Sat., July 11, 2020, and will be hosted by Wiz Khalifa in his first-ever gaming live-stream in support of Rise Above the Disorder (RAD) — a charity that provides a universal mental healthcare system accessible to youth all over the world. All funds raised will support people of color in need of mental health care.

“In light of this extraordinary time when the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have swept across the U.S. (and the world), we believe it is an especially important time to support those who are suffering and in need of mental health care,” said Knights president James O’Connor. “This charity live stream is a direct way to help those who do not have easy access to the care they need and deserve.”

The live-streamed event will feature guests including music artists, professional athletes, and gaming influencers, as well as members of Khalifa’s artist collective, Taylor Gang. Twitch streamer, Austin, will serve as the emcee. For a chance to play with Wiz during the charity stream, fans can donate now at Two winners will be chosen. 

Khalifa has said: “Nowadays artists are breaking music as well as premiering on different platforms like Twitch. I have always tried to be at the forefront of technology and I think this is another amazing moment in history. I am happy to be a part of it.”

Softgiving and the Knights have developed integration opportunities for brands to sponsor the charity streams. Brand and donation partners for the July 11 charity stream will include Schell Games, MetroStar Systems, DREAM Clothing, and NFL Alumni Association.

“This partnership with the Knights is truly an amazing opportunity to help bring attention to the needs of so many charities all around the country, especially at a time like this when they may need support more than ever,” said Softgiving CEO Matt Pfaltzgraf. “Gaming brings communities together, so we are pleased to be a part of the efforts the Knights are making to impact people in a positive manner by supporting Rise Above the Disorder.”

Since 2017, RAD has covered the cost of mental health care for more than 35,000 people across 132 countries.  The charity stream donations will be crucial as people of color in the U.S. experience a significant degree of marginalization and discrimination, which is a top risk factor for poor mental outcomes. 

“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the Knights, Softgiving, and Wiz to put on an event that will completely change the way we talk about mental health,” said Rise Above the Disorder CEO Jason Docton. “Now, perhaps more than ever, mental health care is so greatly needed. Through this event we’ll be able to raise the critical resources needed to provide free mental health care.”