What are we raising money for? 


​While some of the money raised will go towards our current directives (which you can read about here), much of it will be earmarked for our newest community initiative: a weeklong English Language & Computer Literacy Program for women in Alberta's immigrant community. 

This ASCEND-sponsored program provides these women with the opportunity to gain English language and computer literacy skills to help them find jobs and communicate with family members abroad. Our goal is to help empower, educate, and inspire these women to reach beyond the barriers they may face. We are proud to be partnering with the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, as well as other local organizations, to ensure quality and success for all who attend.  


Wiffle Ball Marathon - July 29-30, 2017 

GOAL REACHED - Thanks for coming out!


Thanks to veteran players Adam Stern, Mike Johnson and Jeff Francis who joined Chris Reitsma and friends at our 24 hr wiffle ball game this past weekend!  The game was well attended by family, supporters and donors, and was a huge success!  We met our fundraising goal and are so pleased with the work we are able to continue doing, while honouring Alex Schaap.  Donations are still coming in and a grand total will be announced in the coming weeks. Find Sportsnet coverage links below. 

Field of Dreams
Jeff Francis

To coincide with Canada Baseball Day, presented by Rogers & Sportsnet, ASCEND hosted a 24-HOUR WIFFLE BALL MARATHON! Part of this game aired LIVE on Sportsnet before the Toronto Blue Jays game on July 30. Teams were made up of retired MLB players and friends of ASCEND. 

Thank you to our sponsors


Wiffle Ball ​Roster


Jonker, Mark
Gooliaff, Shauna
Clark, Darren
Decksheimer, Devan
Weening, Matthew
Hinton, Ty
Shields, Mike
Bomhof, Karl
Schaap, Ray
Kilbreath, Ann

Wallin, Dawn
Weening, Chris
Reitsma, Chris (MLB)
Barthel, Jadan
Groot, Chris
Kupery, Jason
Stern, Adam (MLB)
Francis, Jeff (MLB)
Johnson, Mike (MLB)