Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Xbox are celebrating the launch of the Xbox Series X by donating the next-gen console to children’s hospitals. The actor tweeted the news of the partnership on Monday. During the video, Johnson informs his followers about his collaboration with Xbox and the charity organization, Gamers Outreach. They will be giving 20 different children’s hospitals special edition Rock Xbox Series X consoles.
20 yrs ago, @BillGates & I debuted the 1st @Xbox to the world!
Now @Microsoft & I have are surprising some brave & awesome kids. With @GamersOutreach we are gifting 20 children’s hospitals one of a kind “ROCK XBOX Series X” consoles for 50,000+ kids!!
-DJ 🤙🏾🖤 pic.twitter.com/snXVXJF3MZ
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 9, 2020
This isn’t the first time The Rock has teamed up with the video game brand. Two decades ago, Johnson helped unveil the first-ever Xbox gaming system in 2001. Then in 2017, The Rock surprised Make-A-Wish children with a private gaming event that gifted attendees the Xbox One X. The custom console featured Johnson’s logo, the Brahma bull, and a personal message to the recipients. Flash forward to 2020, and The Rock is giving back once again. According to Xbox Wire, the hospitals will be receiving the custom Xbox Series X consoles and specialized Gamers Outreach Karts, “also known as GO Karts, which are portable kiosks built to easily provide recreation to children who are unable to leave their rooms in hospitals.” The special edition console is designed again with Johnson’s Brahma bull logo. It will also feature a message that says “keep smiling and have fun. Love, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,” and matching Xbox controllers will be included.
In order to bring gaming to 50,000 kids across twenty U.S. hospitals, Johnson partnered with Gamers Outreach. The charity organization, founded in 2007, answered the growing need of bedside activities for children undergoing treatment in hospitals. The organization works to provide accessible play for kids unable to leave their hospital rooms. In their own words, Gamers Outreach “programs help aid the healing process by providing relief, socialization, and a sense of normalcy to families and patients spending time inside hospitals.”
The Xbox Series X costs $499 and the all-digital Xbox Series S is priced at $299. The next-gen consoles were launched yesterday, November 10th.