About the Corntoss Challenge

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 http://www.playcornhole.org/how.shtml.

About the Corntoss Challenge

In 2011, the Corntoss Challenge was created by the Young Faces of ALS (YFALS), to raise money for ALS research at The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). 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 (ALS TDI) 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 Challenge.

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 (ALS TDI). We will work together to spread awareness until there are treatments for everyone with ALS.


About 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.

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