Past Events

3rd Annual Spike ALS

November 02, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, we held our 3rd Annual Spike ALS indoor beach volleyball tournament. This year's winners included 4's Champs Dr. Pirate Balls who took back their 2017 championship and 6's Champs Bumpin Uglies who took down 2017 and 2018 Champs How I Set Your Mother. Thank you to all our participants, sponsors, volunteers and friends were making the day great! We look forward to seeing you next year at Beach Blast on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

5th Anniversary ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 17, 2019

We celebrated the 5th anniversary of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 17 at VanSpall's No Frills in Markham! Thank you to everyone who came out to say hello, learn a little more about ALS and was generous with their donations. Thank you to our friends who also took the challenge despite the rather chilly day. 

2019 Intentional Walk for ALS

June 08, 2019

Saturday, June 8 was ALS Double Play's 4th Annual 5k Intentional Walk for ALS! We had another gorgeous morning with friends and family! We raised awareness for ALS by kicking up a fuss on our walk and raised funds for ALS research!

3rd Annual Exhale Hope for ALS

March 30, 2019

On Saturday, March 30, we collected breathed hope into the ALS community during our Exhale Hope for ALS yoga event. The event was well attended and participants enjoyed a variety of yoga styles led by our friends at Ananda Yoga Studios. Thank you to our sponsors: the Remington Group, Van Spall's No Frills and Reyes I Make Cakes. 

2nd Annual Spike ALS Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament

November 03, 2018

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, ALS Double Play held their 2nd Annual Spike ALS Indoor Beach Volleyball tournament at Beach Blast. A fun day of competition was had by all with Bumpin' Boggarts as this year's 4's Champs and How I Set Your Mother defending their Championship 6's title from last year. We look forward to seeing you all next year on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

June 09, 2018

Our 3rd Annual 5k Intentional Walk for ALS was another great success! Thank you to everyone who participated, fundraised, donated and cheered us on in our efforts to one day make ALS history!

April 14, 2018

On Saturday, April 14, with the threat of ice pellets and freezing rain, we held our 2nd Annual Exhale Hope for ALS event at the York Region Administrative Centre in Newmarket. Yogis and Yoginis alike enjoyed three hours of yoga bliss for ALS led by our friends from Ananda Yoga Studios. We also enjoyed sweet treats from Sweet Dozen and fruit from First Choice Supermarket. Thank you to everyone who came out in the crazy weather! We look forward to seeing everyone again soon! 

4th Annual Purple Carpet Event

March 03, 2018

On Saturday, March 3, ALS Double Play held its 4th Annual Purple Carpet Event. We screened family favourite film, Despicable Me. When tragedy strikes a person diagnosed with ALS, it takes an entire village to help that person thrive, while living through some of their most trying times. Our inspiration, Christopher Chiu, was always comforted by visits from his friends and by the unending support of his family. This is why it was important to us to ensure that as many of our friends could bring their entire family with them to our event. We hoped you had as much fun as we did! 

2017 Lab Event

November 15, 2017

On Wednesday, November 15, we held a special event at the Tanz Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the ALS research lab. Our guests learned about the lab and the latest information in ALS research and were treated to lab tours. ALS Double Play was proud to present their donation instalment toward the Christopher Chiu Fellowship for ALS research. Dr. Philip McGoldrick, the Christopher Chiu Fellow, presented information on his research of the C9orf72 gene and its relationship with ALS.

2017 Spike ALS presented by Country Wide Homes and Condor Properties

September 23, 2017

It was the second day of fall, but felt like mid-July on September 23, 2017 for our first annual Spike ALS beach volleyball tournament at Beach Blast. The competition was fierce and fun and there was a lot of volleyball played! We enjoyed indoor and outdoor volleyball and a delicious bbq lunch - all in memory of our favourite volleyballer and inspiration, Christopher Chiu, who spent many, many hours at beach volleyball pre-ALS.

2017 Take a Swing at ALS

August 12, 2017

On Saturday, August 12, we cheered on our Toronto Blue Jays and raised awareness for ALS. Thank you to all our friends who came out to support us!

Abby's Lemonade Stand

August 05, 2017

6 year old Abigail Grace had been begging her mother to let her have a lemonade stand. She's been wanting to raise money for ALS since her uncle had been diagnosed with it in 2011. Sadly, Abby's uncle Christopher passed on October 31 in 2016. 

Finally, this August, Abby's mother let her use her brother's birthday party as a platform to sell lemonade for both ALS research and her church. Abby raised over $150 and donated $75 to ALS research.

Congratulations and thank you Abby!

2017 Night It Up!

July 16, 2017

From July 14 to 16 we were partying it up at Night It Up! the GTA's largest Night Market! This amazing weekend long event is put on by Power Unit Youth Organization, a not-for-profit org of youth leading and mentoring youth. We were proud to be this year's beneficiary and loved the opportunity to raise awareness. Shout Out to Reel Asian Film Fest for showing our short film, My Son, Christopher before their films on Friday and Saturday night. And Arrowonics for your awesome drone shows. Big hugs to songstress Jessica Leung for her shout outs to us during her performances.

Power Unit Youth Org we think you are amazing. BIG HUGE GIGANTIC thanks to President, Cheryl Ng and Beneficiary Director, Dean Shoojat for your support and assistance and enthusiasm this year!

2017 Intentional Walk for ALS presented by National Homes

June 10, 2017

Saturday, June 10, was sunny and warm. We all felt the warm of our loved ones shining down on us. It was the 2nd annual 5k Intentional Walk for ALS. The day brought out another 250 friends to walk together to raise awareness for ALS and funds for ALS research. What a great day it was!

3rd Annual Purple Carpet Event presented by the Remington Group

March 30, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, we held our 3rd Annual Purple Carpet Event with a screening of Gleason. 

Gleason is a documentary about Steve Gleason, an ex-NFL New Orleans Saints player who was diagnosed with ALS with 2011, just months before the birth of his first son, Rivers. Gleason shows the true, naked realities of ALS, the diagnosis, the disbelief, the determination to beat the illness, the need to try anything possible to get better, the realization that ALS will not go away, and the desire to make things right.

You can watch Gleason today on iTunes. 

Exhale Hope for ALS Yoga Event presented by Time Group

October 01, 2016

On Saturday, October 1, we held our first three hour yoga event, Exhale hope for ALS. The Great Hall of the York Region Administrative Centre was the perfect venue for our stretching, standing poses and vinyasas. Participants were able to join us for one hour or all three. Congratulations to everyone who participated and exhaled hope into the ALS community.

Charity Breakfast at Ontario Power Generation

September 14, 2016

Ontario Power Generation invited ALS Double Play to their Charity Breakfast.

Dr. Janice Robertson and Cherrie Chiu spoke on behalf of ALS Double Play.

2016 Take A Swing At ALS

August 13, 2016

On a rare rainy day, 100 of ALS Double Play's friends joined them in cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-2 win against the Houston Astros! We got on the jumbotron and our "ALS Double Play says Make it Rain" sign got on tv, thanks to Josh Donaldson's home run! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us raise awareness of ALS.

Intentional Walk 2016 presented by Angus Glen

June 11, 2016

Over 250 people joined ALS Double Play's first annual  5km Intentional Walk. We raised $45,000 toward our Research Fellowship Campaign at the University of Toronto. 

Purple Carpet Event 2016 presented by the Remington Group

May 05, 2016

We screened the Sandra Bullock 2009 film, The Blindside to remind people what is possible when you take a leap of faith.

Take a Swing at ALS 2015

August 09, 2015

50 of our friends came to join us in cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays and raise awareness at the same time!

Environmental Services BBQ for ALS Double Play

August 26, 2015

The City of Markham's Environmental Services branch dedicated their bbq fundraising to ALS Double Play. There was music, games, the ice bucket challenge and of course, great bbq. The bbq raiased close to $1000 for us! Thank you Environmental Services friends!

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