Raptors partner with Sinai Health to support research
November 17, 2021
TORONTO – Basketball fans are invited to get in the game in support of leading-edge research as part of a new fundraising event by Sinai Health Foundation in partnership with the Toronto Raptors.
The new signature event, called Raptors for Research, marks Sinai Health Foundation’s largest-ever public peer-to-peer fundraising event. The premier 3×3 basketball tournament takes place on March 20, 2022 and will see Canadians lace up their sneakers and get on the court in support of Sinai Health’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI).
“Healthcare is a team sport, and LTRI researchers are among the very best in the game,” said Larry Tanenbaum, philanthropist and chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. “With Raptors for Research, we are taking our cause to the court to unify Canadians behind a common goal through the shared experience of sport and showcase that we are all valuable players in fueling a better tomorrow.”
Raptors for Research will rally Canadians behind the game-changing research and science taking place at the LTRI. As one of the worlds’s top-ranked biomedical research institutes, the LTRI’s scientists are MVPs in the fields of diabetes, cancer and molecular biology. During the pandemic, some pivoted from their areas of expertise to uncover innovative solutions to COVID-19 – discovering how best to identify the virus, uncovering how it spreads and exploring new drug therapies.
“We are thrilled to launch Raptors for Research and offer the ultimate game-day experience for the community,” said Louis de Melo (pictured), chief executive officer, Sinai Health Foundation. “We are grateful to all Canadians for their generosity and the incredible support they’ve shown to Sinai Health. It reminds us all that we are on the same team and together we can continue to push the boundaries of scientific discovery.”
Visit RaptorsForResearch.ca to learn more and secure your team today. Event registration is open to players of all genders and skill levels, age 19 years and up. Teams of 3-6 players will be required to raise a minimum of $2,500 in support of the LTRI to participate and will be rewarded with coveted prizes such as swag, game-day benefits, exclusive Raptors merchandise and experiences, and more.