KNOXVILLE — It is not often students can play video games while raising money for charity at the same time, but that is what occurred this February.
146 Smash is a Super Smash Bros. video game tournament held on the campus of JUTN.
The Tournament raises funds for the nonprofit organization called Love 146, which combats the sex trafficking of children worldwide.
Hildebrand’s sixth tournament was held earlier this month and raised $440 this time. The video game tournaments have raised $1500 since they began.
Alexander Hildebrand founded and hosts these events.
Hildebrand said that each tournament has been a success, but that they always take a lot of work.
This year’s tournament was one of the biggest.
“It was hectic, but fun,” Hildebrand said.
Even in the chaos of keeping the tournament running, Hildebrand said he tries to enjoy the fun.
They day of the tournament, Hildebrand hit the ground running at 9 a.m. and he did not end until 1:30 a.m. the next morning.
Even though it’s a ton of work, he said he has an absolute blast every time.
“My favorite moment of the day is seeing everyone arrive and leave the event,” Hildebrand said. “There are a lot of people who aren’t Johnson students that come to the event.”
In fact, people come from Chattanooga, Nashville and even Kentucky and Alabama.
“I think it is great that we have all of these people coming onto our campus and interacting with the Christian environment that the school has established,” Hildebrand said.
He said he loves that he is able to spend a Saturday every few months doing something he loves.
Hildebrand said it is a great opportunity to reach people who are outside the Johnson community and raise money for an important cause.