Checkmates Charitable Association

Raising money and awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

About us

Our Mission Statement

Checkmates is a nonprofit association that works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for many underfunded and often overlooked chronic and potentially fatal diseases. Checkmates has a particular interest in the funding and the promoting of awareness in the fight against gastrointestinal diseases, including, but not limited to Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Our CEO, Justin Mirigliani knows the pain of chronic illness and its devastating effects on the lives of those who have the disease and those who love them. Justin was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in December of 2002. He battled the disease for 12 years before, sadly, he had to have his entire large intestine removed due to a severe precancerous condition. He will live the rest of his life with an ileostomy bag. Since September 24, 2015, he has vowed to do all he can to save others from his fate or worse. One goal of this organization is to do whatever is possible to make others aware of how these diseases silently disrupt and/or decimate lives, and in doing so, appeal to the compassion of others to donate money for research to end these diseases. Another goal we have is to assist children with Crohn’s and Colitis to go to a special camp or other events that cater to their unique needs. Toward that end, Justin has combined his love of hockey and fighting spirit and created a hockey team that plays charity games in the Philadelphia area. The ultimate goal for Checkmates is to have this awareness and money lead to a cure for chronic diseases of all kinds and to finally say, “Checkmate” to chronic disease!


Third Annual
Flyers Alumni Charity Game

Saturday March 24, 2018
7:00 PM




Flyers Alumni Team Roster

To Be Announced

See last year's roster!

Personal Journey

2018 Promo For Game
Break the Ice Promo Video
Last Year’s Game
Comeback Video
90lb Dumbbell Cheat Curls
Bench Press 325lbs for Reps
Break the ice!
2016 Game Promo
Morning of surgery 9/24/2015
Driving to hospital 9/24/2015
Parking at hospital 9/24/2015
Walking into hospital 9/24/2015
Just out of surgery 9/24/2015
240lb bench 19 weeks after surgery
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Finding Out I Have UC
UC / Crohns PSA
Update 6/19/2015
Update 8/14/2015
4 Days to Surgery
2 Days to Surgery
Let's CRUSH Ulcerative Colitis
260lb Bench
200lb Curl 2 Reps

Get in touch

Checkmates Charitable Association
Justin Mirigliani, CEO

(610) 324-5545
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