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EMUHLEET joins Lilly Singh for Verizon's Pay It Forward Live!

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Tue 21st Apr 2020 - 6:17pm

Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live continues with Lilly Singh and gamers from DIG Fe on Tuesday, April 21

WHAT:
Verizon’s Pay It Forward Live, the weekly streaming entertainment series in support of small businesses affected by COVID-19, continues on Tuesday when professional esports athlete Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido and other members of Dignitas’s all-female gaming team DIG Fe will stream Riot Games’ VALORANT with Lilly Singh. The action will start at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and stream live on Twitter @Verizon, EMUHLEET’s Twitch, Yahoo, Verizon’s Facebook page, Fios Channel 501, YouTube, and XBOX. The event will be available on Verizon’s platforms for one week following the live stream.

In addition to streaming VALORANT, the duo will share some of their favorite local businesses, engage with viewers, and create small-business-themed in-game experiences. Viewers are encouraged to pledge their support for small businesses by shopping online, buying a gift card or ordering a meal. In addition, Verizon will donate $10, up to $2.5 million, to support small businesses when the hashtag #PayItForwardLIVE is used.

"I'm teaming up with Verizon as part of their Pay It Forward Live series where they are supporting small businesses," says Lilly Singh. "The good news is that my role is watching and cheering on EMUHLEET, rather than completely embarrassing myself in front of the Internet trying to play VALORANT. Even better news? Racking up some wins for small business owners, who need all of our support right now."

"Supporting local communities has always been at the heart of my dual career paths - gaming and nursing," said EMUHLEET. "From spearheading gaming tournaments that support amateur players and inspire female gamers to working as a mental health nurse, taking care of our communities is my lifelong passion. It's my honor to continue driving support for local business when this world needs it the most and appreciate being able to do so in collaboration with Verizon's Pay it Forward Live."

WHO:
Lilly Singh is a multi-faceted entertainer, actress, producer, writer and creator. She is the host of "A Little Late with Lilly Singh," her NBC late-night talk show that premiered on September 16, making her the only woman to currently host a late-night talk show on a Big 4 network. She is also an executive producer as part of her company, Unicorn Island Productions.  A leading force in the digital world, she has amassed a global audience of millions across her social media channels, where she writes, produces and stars in comedic and inspirational videos. She was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list, Fast Company's Most Creative People and TIME named her one of the most influential people on the internet.  In 2017, UNICEF appointed Lilly as one of their Goodwill Ambassadors. As a prominent voice
and activist for women's rights and girls’ access to education, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to inspire positivity among women in order to better support each other's voices and encourage upward mobility.

Emmalee "EMUHLEET" Garrido is the founder and in-game leader for one of the world's most successful female esports team - Dignitas. Founded as Team Karma in 2014, the group later became professional gamers when they signed with Selfless Gaming before being recruited to Dignitas, one of the world's most storied esports brands, owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. EMUHLEET’s team has achieved numerous top three placings and several gold medals including back-to-back women's World Championships at the prestigious Intel Challenge at IEM Katowice 2018 and 2019. Dignitas also secured back-to-back championships at the Girl Gamer Festival in 2017 and 2018. EMUHLEET is a partnered Twitch streamer, a full- time nurse focusing on mental health, and a frequent panelist at various industry conferences while actively participating in charitable events. EMUHLEET aspires to one day combine her love for gaming with her desire to care for and rehabilitate people.

MORE INFO:
Pay It Forward Live launched on March 26 with an intimate, at-home performance with Dave Matthews. Previous performers and partners also include Alicia Keys, Luke Bryan, Ryan Tedder, FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill and Cizzorz, Marshmello, Pokimane, Hunter Pence, and Dignitas’s Damonte. Additional partners will be announced soon. More information can be found at Verizon.com/PayItForwardLive.