FAQ

What is Raptors for Research?

Raptors for Research is Canada’s premier 3x3 basketball tournament held in partnership with the Toronto Raptors and supports Sinai Health’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI).

When is the event taking place?

The 3x3 tournament will take place on March 20, 2022 at Toronto sports facility, The HoopDome (75 Carl Hall Rd, North York, Ontario).

The finals will take place at the OVO Athletic Centre (30 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, Ontario) at a later date.

Are there any requirements to register?

The co-ed 3x3 tournament is open to fully vaccinated players of all genders and skill levels, 19 years and up.

Each player must pay a $50 registration fee, and participating teams will be required to raise a minimum of $2,500 through peer-to-peer fundraising efforts.

How does the 3x3 tournament work/how many games will each team play?

Raptors for Research is a one day tournament taking place on March 20, 2022. Throughout the course of the day, each team will play a total of four (4) games, with points awarded for wins and ties.

The Raptors for Research finals will take place at a later date.

Do I have to create my own team or can I join an existing one?

Players will be asked to create a profile and register, where they can either start a team or join an existing one (no free agents!)

Register your team

Raptors for Research also has a 'Corporate Challenge.' What differentiates the Corporate Challenge from the Team Challenge?

The Corporate Challenge will include teams made up of Raptors for Research sponsors and other organizations who participate as a workplace. The Corporate Challenge participants will have the opportunity to bring their employees together as they work to support Sinai Health Foundation and LTRI.

Teams participating in the Corporate Challenge will be asked to raise a minimum of $5,000 through peer-to-peer fundraising efforts. The winning team will be rewarded with the first-ever Raptors for Research Corporate Challenge Trophy and plaque for their office, while teams placing in second and third will receive a Raptors for Research plaque as well.

What prizes will the winning teams receive?

The top two performing teams will have the opportunity to play on the Raptors practice court at the OVO Athletic Centre at a later date.

These teams will be coached by Raptors personnel, and will receive custom jerseys and prizing to commemorate their ultimate game-day experience.

Are there incentives for individuals and teams that raise the most money?

Alongside the top two performing teams from the Raptors for Research tournament, the top two fundraising teams will have the opportunity to play in the Finals on the Raptors practice court at the OVO Athletic Centre.

Each participating team will be required to raise a minimum of $2,500 through peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, but individuals and teams who raise more will be rewarded with coveted incentives such as swag, game-day benefits, exclusive Raptors for Research merch and experiences, and more.

Why did the Sinai Health Foundation decide to create an in-person event while COVID-19 remains a very real public concern and safety issue?

While no one knows what the future holds, we remain optimistic regarding our ability to safely host the fundraising event by March 2022. Our event follows the Ontario government’s public health measures, advice and restrictions outlined by the Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term.All parties involved will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to participate in the event.

 

We will also closely monitor all developments related to the spread of COVID-19 and will actively evaluate the event and implement additional measures as necessary to respond to changes within the community.

What COVID-19 protocols and restrictions will be in place during Raptors for Research?

While precautions have been taken to make sure the Raptors for Research basketball tournament is as COVID-19 safe as possible for all involved, all involved parties are requested to carefully read and adhere to detailed protocols.

How will you ensure all participants are safe and socially distanced throughout the event?

The total number of anticipated event participants and staff will not exceed the capacity limit set by the Ontario Government under its COVID-19 public health measures. The HoopDome and The Hangar will abide by the 50% maximum capacity guideline to fall in line with provincial standards and allow for adequate social distancing.

If COVID-19 cases increase in Ontario/Toronto leading up to March 2022, will Raptors for Research still proceed?

We are closely monitoring all developments related to the spread of COVID-19 and will remain vigilant in actively evaluating the event and taking action as necessary to ensure the health and well-being of participants and the community at large.

Hosting an indoor sporting event poses a lot of risk knowing that COVID-19 is most frequently transmitted in indoor settings and when people are in close contact with others. Is this something you’ve considered?

We have considered all potential outcomes associated with hosting an indoor sporting event, and recognize our responsibility to mitigate all potential risks for those involved to prevent transmission and reduce the spread within the community.

The Raptors for Research event will follow all COVID-19 public health measures, and all parties will be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to participate in the event.