Bay Street Games
On June 4, 2019, Capitalize for Kids hosted the 2nd Annual Bay Street Games presented by BNN Bloomberg at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. 27 co-ed teams of six represented their firms in a series of challenging fitness events and raised $245,000 for kids’ mental health. Bay Street’s ultimate fitness competition returns on October 1, 2020. The winning team will take home the Bay Street Cup and the title of Bay Street’s Fittest Firm.
Young people are speaking up and asking for help with their mental health like never before. Unfortunately, these kids and their families often face barriers to care with long waitlists. In Ontario, they can wait over a year for the services they desperately need.
There are a number of effective mental health services in Canada, but they lack resources to keep up with demand. We work with great service providers to identify business challenges that are limiting the capacity of their existing services. We bring in the best talent from the for-profit sector on a pro-bono basis to design solutions and then we fund the required changes to their operations.
The result is that these organizations are able to get kids off waitlists and into care with their existing budgets and staff.
2019 Photo Album
View the photos from the 2019 event on Facebook.View Album
HOW IT WORKS
Recruit a team of six with at least two female members to compete on behalf of your firm and register online. If your firm has already registered, join them and start training for the games. Be sure to contact your team’s captain before signing up as all spots on a team may already be accounted for. Contact [email protected] to register a new team.
By registering, your team is committing to raise at least $6,000 for the Capitalize for Kids Foundation. Each team and each participant will have a unique fundraising page that they can use to collect online donations from friends and family.
On October 1, 2020, your team will face off against your competitors in a series of fitness events – each one more challenging than the last.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor BNN Bloomberg, for supporting the 2019 Bay Street Games leading up to and on the day of the event.
Have a look at this BNN Bloomberg interview with our Managing Director, Quentin Broad, to learn more about Capitalize for Kids and how the Bay Street Games began.
Bay Street’s Fittest Firm
2020 Team Training Sessions
Thanks to our generous gym partners, we have organized complimentary training sessions to help our participants get ready for the games. Please visit our registration page to see locations of each session.
Tuesday, February 11 – 7:00-8:00 PM Saturday, February 29 – 2:00-3:00 PM Thursday, March 12 – 6:30-7:30 AM
The following dates are postponed until further notice:
Saturday, March 28 – 2:00-3:00 PM
Saturday, April 11 – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Friday, April 24 – 6:30-7:30 PM Thursday, April 30 – 6:30-7:30 PM Tuesday, May 5 – 6:30-7:30 AM Saturday, May 23 – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Wednesday, May 27 – 6:30-7:30 PM
Can we have multiple teams from the same firm?
Yes. One firm can enter multiple teams as long as each team meets the fundraising minimum.
How do I fundraise?
Each participant and team is provided with an online fundraising page when they register that can be sent to friends and family. If you need a hand setting up your page or sending it out, don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]
What is the deadline for reaching our fundraising goal?
For donations to count towards your team’s fundraising total and be eligible for fundraising points in the competition, they must be submitted by September 30th, 2020 at 11:59pm. Your fundraising page will remain active after the event for any late donations.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
All donors will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt from the Capitalize for Kids Foundation. Please note that registration fees are not tax receiptable.
Where do the donations go?
All donations go to the Capitalize for Kids Foundation. We work with mental health service providers to increase capacity to support kids who are struggling with their mental health.
Which payment methods are accepted?
You can register online using a Visa or Mastercard. Unfortunately we do not accept AMEX cards; however, we do accept PayPal which can process AMEX. If your firm would like to pay for your whole team, we can provide an invoice and accept payment by cheque.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
What happens if our team doesn't reach our fundraising target?
Should your team fail to raise the $6,000 minimum, your team can pay the difference on-site the day of the event. Our team is dedicated to helping you reach and exceed your goal, so please contact us if you are needing assistance in reaching your minimum.