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.

History of the Corntoss Challenge

In 2011, people of all ages came together across the country to join in a day of fundraising by playing a favorite tailgate game, Corntoss. Fourteen events took place nationwide in the first annual Young Faces of ALS National Corntoss Challenge Day. Over $160,000 was raised through sponsorships, registrations, and donations. All proceeds were quickly put to work at the ALS Therapy Development Institute, America's top-rated ALS research organization.

In 2012, the event changed to two days of fundraising in nine cities and celebrated an increase in over $50,000 raised from the event's debut year. Fundraising only expanded in succeeding years. The fourth consecutive 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 Young Faces of ALS Ambassadors, Pete Frates and Pat Quinn.

In its sixth year, the Corntoss Challenge tipped the total funds raised for the lifetime of the program over $1,000,000! In 2017, seven cities nationwide raised $296,250, elevating the program total to $1,651,416 for ALS research! Let's keep going!

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)

ALS typically affects people later in life – the average age of diagnosis is 55. However, ALS still can and does impact young people. The Young Faces of ALS (YFALS) exists to create a unified community of younger people who have been impacted by ALS. We want to share our stories to raise awareness of the need for ALS treatments and support the research being done at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). In 2011, the YFALS founded the Corntoss Challenge. Since then, the Young Faces of ALS have raised over $1.75 million for research at ALS TDI. Learn more at www.als.net.

About the Young Faces of ALS

Created by people living with ALS who were diagnosed before their 35th birthdays, the Young Faces of ALS (YFALS) is the first community for young people affected by ALS, as well as their families and friends. The purpose of the program is to create an engaging online community of young people committed to raising awareness for ALS and funds for ALS research at ALS TDI. In 2011, they founded the Corntoss Challenge. Since then, the Young Faces of ALS have raised over $1.75 million for ALS TDI. Learn more at www.youngfacesofALS.com.

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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