How to Play
Corntoss has been called many things: Cornhole, Bean Bag Toss, Baggo, Bags, Bean Sack. Whatever
you call it, Corntoss is a lawn game played by a team of two players, versus another team of
two players, in which players take turns tossing bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far
end. The bags are filled with corn and the platforms are usually made with plywood. A bag thrown
through the hole scores three points, while a bag on the platform scores one point. Play continues
until one team reaches the score of 21. Corntoss is fun for all ages and can be played anywhere!
To learn more about how to play Corntoss and how to keep score, visit
About the Corntoss Challenge
In 2011, the Corntoss Challenge was created by the Young Faces of ALS
to raise money for ALS research at The ALS Therapy Development Institute
Fourteen events took place nationwide in the first National Corntoss Challenge Day
and raised over $160,000 through sponsorships, registrations, and donations.
Fundraising only expanded in following years. The fourth year raised a
record-breaking $230,000! Thousands of participants took part in friendly competition
on the cusp of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon, initiated by two YFALS
Ambassadors, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn.
Today, Corntoss Challenge events are hosted by ALS TDI and members of the ALS community
in cities across the US. The program has raised over $2,100,000 for vital ALS research.
ALS TDI encourages anyone who is interested to host their own Corntoss Challenge and
help support their mission to end ALS.
Thank you to all of the 24 cities who have participated in our mission to end ALS: San
Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Boise, ID; Boston, MA; Washington, D.C.;
Chicago, IL; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; Hilton Head, SC; Hollywood, FL; Baton Rouge, LA;
Baldwin City, KS; Stockton, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Rapid City, SD; Kaneohe, HI;
Middlebury, VT; Minneapolis, MN; Atlanta, GA; Piedmont, CA; Panama City Beach, FL;
Eugene, OR; and Pittsburgh, PA
About the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI)
The ALS Therapy Development Institute
is the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS
research. Located in Watertown, MA, ALS TDI employs more than 30 full-time ALS
researchers who are urgently working to find treatments for ALS. Awarded the highest
nonprofit rating – four stars – on Charity Navigator, ALS TDI spends 87 cents of
every dollar raised on finding effective treatments and cures for ALS. The research
at ALS TDI is funded through donations and fundraising events like the Corntoss
Learn more at www.als.net.
About the Young Faces of ALS
Young Faces of ALS is a group of people whose lives have been impacted by ALS.
We are people with ALS, children, friends, and caregivers. We are uniting to
share our stories, promote awareness of ALS, and emphasize the need for ALS
research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute
We will work together to spread awareness until there are treatments for
everyone with ALS.
Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neuron
Disease. It is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks certain cells in the
brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving. ALS causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing
and swallowing, and paralysis. Most people survive two to five years after their first symptoms. While
ALS is often considered a mid-to-late-life disease, ALS affects people of all ages. It can affect
anyone, anywhere. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure.