Event Details

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 2019

Jeff Francis 

Aaron Capista
Maureen Capista 

Mike Johnson

Chris Reitsma 
Louis B
Dean M
Ray S
Craig T
Darren C 
Jason K
Chad K
Jaden B
Ty H
Charlie H
Sarah W
Mike S
Scott H
Chris G
Chris W
Layne K
Scott V
Kevin S

Wiffle Ball Marathon - July 7-8, 2018 

What was the money raised for? 

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

This ASCEND-sponsored program provided 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 was to help empower, educate, and inspire these women to reach beyond the barriers they may face. We are proud to partner with the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, as well as other local organizations, to ensure quality and success for all who attended.  

Be a sponsor and have your logo here! Contact info@ascendcharity.ca for details.


On July 13-14, 2019, ASCEND is hosting its third annual 24-Hour Wiffle ball Marathon! What is Wiffle ball? Wiffle ball is a variation of baseball played with a light, perforated ball instead of a standard baseball. At our event, two teams made up of “Pros and Joes” (both retired MLB players as well as supporters of ASCEND) play for 24 hours straight. Last year’s game raised over $50,000 and ran for a whopping 142 innings!

Through corporate donations and individual player sponsorship, we hope to reach our financial goal of $50,000. Consider sponsoring a player today or email us if you’d like to become a corporate sponsor (info@ascendcharity.ca)

Where will the money go? In addition to supporting our current directives, some of the money raised will support large technology initiatives with key charitable partners such as Closer to Home Community Services. With your financial support, ASCEND will help fund the need for clients to have technology to enhance their learning and experiences in these programs. 

After a long 24hrs and 142 innings, the ASCEND Wiffle ball game was a huge success! Thank you to our players, sponsors, spectators, families and friends who helped us reach and surpass our $50,000 goal. The Board takes their role seriously and is excited for what the next year holds for our partnerships. 

We are so thrilled with the great weather and attendance, the cheering, popcorn and great wiffleball, making the event so much fun. Thanks to everyone!