Marky Mark, Microsoft Bring Kinect To All Good Boys & Girls Clubs

Actor Mark Wahlberg teams up with Microsoft today to help deliver a funky bunch of Xbox 360 and Kinect gaming hardware to thousands of Boys & girls Clubs across the nation.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been helping underprivileged children become productive, caring and responsible adults for more than 100 years. Today the clubs number close to 4000 and serve more than four million young people across the country.

Mark Wahlberg was once one of those young people, and that's why he's teamed up with Microsoft to help bring 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundles to thousands of clubs nationwide.

"I've experienced first-hand the positive impact organisations like Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people," Wahlberg said. "When I heard Xbox 360 wanted to give Kinect to Clubs across the [US] , I had to jump in and help."

The bundles will include the 4GB Xbox 360 console, a Kinect camera and two games: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures.

"The first time we saw Kinect, we knew it would have a special ability to bring kids, their families and mentors together. This is gaming and entertainment that encourages teamwork, fair play and creativity," said Cyndi Court, executive vice president of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "We're so excited to provide Kinect for Xbox 360 to our local Clubs, and are thankful to Mark Wahlberg and Xbox for supporting our mission to keep kids healthy and active."

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    this is great, but I do hate it when the companies make the kids wear the t-shirts for the media-whoring photos.

    Makes it so clear that it is a marketing, rather than a charitable exercise. Hope the kids enjoy it though.

      It's unfortunate, because this organisation does a heap of good work. I guess the media-whoring/marketing is a small (large?) price to pay for free entertainment for the kids. It makes one wonder whether they'd still hand out dozens of Xboxs and Kinects to charities if there was no media coverage of it...

      Ignore the shirts - the fact that we even hear about it shows that it's Microsoft and Mr Wahlberg abusing charity to give themselves a leg-up.

    Is anybody seriously contemplating actually buying Kinect? Looking at the number of units they're giving out for free left, right and centre, it would appear that you're getting ripped off if you're one of the few people who actually pays for it...

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