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?

Effective immediately, Sinai Health Foundation is postponing its inaugural Raptors for Research event until further notice. While we recognize this is not the news we hoped to share, Sinai Health firmly believes that the safety and well-being of our community is paramount. We are committed to ensuring this event happens in the safe and fun manner participants deserve. 

Our decision is also in accordance with 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. Sinai Health will share updates on the future of this event as more details become available.

Thank you for your continued support of Sinai Health Foundation, the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and our Raptors for Research event. We look forward to gathering together when it is safe to do so.

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 in Spring 2023 (date TBC). 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.

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 venue will abide by the maximum capacity guidelines to fall in line with provincial standards and allow for adequate social distancing.