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March Gladness

Welcome to RetailROI March Gladness



March Gladness

Every year millions of people enjoy playing a bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament. We thought, wouldn’t that be a blast to do that with a purpose?

The RetailROI March Gladness pool has a purpose.

  • Play brackets with your friends
  • Win over 45 great prizes ranging from PCs to gift cards to top retailers
  • 100% of the proceeds helps a special needs orphan get a new loving home.

There are millions of special needs children relegated to orphanages that have an opportunity to be in loving foster homes. This year we are partnering with Care For Children to help train foster families to take in these children. What’s the pro-rated cost to train a foster family to take in a special needs child?

$20. Yes, that’s it! $20 is the pro-rated cost to help a child get out of an orphanage into a loving family. Every bracket played means another child gets a home. It’s that simple. Play below.

About Care for Children

About Care for Children - March Gladness


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17 years ago Care For Children began with the belief that children flourish best in families, not institutions. This Family First project has helped over 260,000 special needs children move from orphanages in Asia to loving families. The program is now expanding from to China, Myanmar, South Africa, Vietnam and across the world. But it has to be done right. There is a great deal of training and background checks of families that must take place so that this is a good thing for the child and the family. That takes training programs. RetailROI is partnering with Care For Children to help pay for trainers to train the families. Through March Gladness we hope to fund 3 regional training representatives for a year and help over 750 children through this simple act of playing brackets.

$20 – the cost of one bracket, that’s the pro-rated cost to train and vet a family to properly care for a special needs child. The governments simply then cover the ongoing costs that would otherwise go to large impersonal orphanage facilities. This is to train the families properly. Will you get involved?

If you are interested in joining the trip, you can sign up for more information here.

Prizes

Prizes

We have nearly $5,000 in prizes and 54 people will win a prize. If you would like to donate a prize from you or your company to help grow the prize pool, please contact Nichole Riley-Doud at nichole@retailroi(dot)org. Questions about the tournament can be sent to Kerith Dilley at kdilley@givingback(dot)com.

  • Grand Prize - Microsoft Surface 3, 128gb SSD, Corei5 (Donated by Microsoft)
  • 2nd Prize - $300 Amex Gift Card (Donated by Tolt Solutions)
  • 3rd Prize - Yeti Cooler package (Donated by Infor)
  • 4th Prize - $250 Nordstrom Gift Card (Donated by Sergei Kalfov)
  • 5th Prize - $250 Target Gift Card (Donated by NCR Corporation)
  • 6th Prize – $200 Visa Gift Card (Donated by Sodexo)
  • 7th Prize - $200 Golfsmith Gift Card (Donated by Golfsmith)
  • 8th Prize – Kindle Fire (Donated by Power Thinking Media)
  • 9th Prize - $150 Johnston & Murphy Shoes Gift Card (Donated by Genesco)
  • 10th Prize - $150 Johnston & Murphy Shoes Gift Card (Donated by Genesco)
  • 11th Prize - $125 Amazon Gift Card (Donated by DBI Network)
  • 12th Prize - $100 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card (Donated by Tom Reichart)
  • 13th Prize - $100 Amex Gift Card (Donated by Demandware)
  • 14th Prize - $100 Amex Gift Card (Donated by Demandware)
  • 15th Prize - $100 Amex Gift Card (Donated by Vicki Cantrell)
  • 16th Prize - $100 Visa Gift Card (Donated by Sodexo)
  • 17th Prize - $100 Visa Gift Card (Donated by Sodexo)
  • 18th Prize - $100 Visa Gift Card (Donated by C-Core)
  • 19th Prize - $100 Jockey Gift Card (Donated by Jockey)
  • 20th Prize - ThumbsPlusV10PRO Image Management Software (Donated by Cerious Software)
  • 21st Prize - ThumbsPlusV10PRO Image Management Software (Donated by Cerious Software)
  • 22nd Prize - ThumbsPlusV10PRO Image Management Software (Donated by Cerious Software)
  • 23rd Prize - Roku (Donated by Reflexis)
  • 24th Prize - Roku (Donated by Reflexis)
  • 25th Prize - MS Office 365 – 1 Year (Donated by RetailROI)
  • 26th Prize - MS Office 365 – 1 Year (Donated by RetailROI)
  • 27th Prize - MS Office 365 – 1 Year (Donated by RetailROI)
  • 28th Prize - $50 Nordstrom Gift Card (Donated by Vicki Cantrell)
  • 29th Prize - $50 Pier One Gift Card (Donated by Pier One)
  • 30th Prize - $50 Pier One Gift Card (Donated by Pier One)
  • 31st Prize - $50 Amazon Gift Card (Donated by Intuivation Services Consulting)
  • 32nd Prize - $50 Visa Gift Card (Donated by C-Core)
  • 33rd Prize - $50 Best Buy Gift Card (Donated by Ignisis)
  • 34th Prize - $50 Best Buy Gift Card (Donated by Ignisis)
  • 35th Prize - $50 Journey Shoes Gift Card (Donated by Genesco)
  • 36th Prize - $50 Journey Shoes Gift Card (Donated by Genesco)
  • 37th Prize - $50 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Acuative)
  • 38th Prize - $50 Jockey Gift Card (Donated by Jockey)
  • 39th Prize - $50 Jockey Gift Card (Donated by Jockey)
  • 40th Prize - $50 Macy’s Gift Card
  • 41st Prize - $50 Lowe’s Gift Card
  • 42nd Prize - $30 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Acuative)
  • 43rd Prize - $30 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Next Step Retail)
  • 44th Prize - $25 MasterCard Gift Card (Donated by Alvin Fortson, Fortson & Assoc.)
  • 45th Prize - $25 Amazon Gift Card (Donated by Alvin Fortson, Fortson & Assoc.)
  • 46th Prize - $25 Johnston & Murphy Gift Card (Donated by Victoria Rose)
  • 47th Prize - $25 Johnston & Murphy Gift Card (Donated by Victoria Rose)
  • 48th Prize - $25 Toys R Us Gift Card (Donated by Victoria Rose)
  • 49th Prize - $25 Toys R Us Gift Card (Donated by Victoria Rose)
  • 50th Prize - $25 Best Buy Gift Card
  • 51st Prize - $20 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Acuative)
  • 52nd Prize - $20 BP Gift Card (Donated by Ed Collupy)
  • 53rd Prize - $10 BP Gift Card (Donated by Ed Collupy)
  • 54th Prize - $10 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card (Donated by Ed Collupy)
  • Worst Score at Sweet 16 - $100 coupon on $150 of Wine (Donated by IHL)
  • Best Score at Sweet 16 - $50 AMEX Gift Card (Donated by Ignisis)

There is one Prize per player. You will receive the best Prize even if multiple brackets are winners. We want to spread the wealth.

Rules & Scoring

Scoring:

  • First Round:This is the play-in round and no points are awarded. All brackets must be in before the first game on Thursday. At that time the tournament and picks are locked down.

  • Second Round: The weight for each correct pick is 1. The seed of the winning team is added to the correct pick total. This is to encourage risk taking and upsets So if you pick a 12 seed over a 5 seed and they win, you get 1 point for the win plus 12 points for a total of 13 points for that game.

  • Third Round: The weight for each correct pick is 2. The seed of the winning team Multiplied by 2. This means if your 15 seed wins a second time, you get 32 points. If you picked only favorites you get much fewer points. This rewards picking upsets in the early rounds. Our goal is to have chaos in the first three rounds and hope that everyone is still in it by the Sweet 16 regardless of how good they are at choosing the best teams.

  • Sweet 16: The weight for each correct pick is 15. There is no bonus applied. From here on out it is straight point scoring. No adders or bonuses for the picks.

  • Elite 8: The weight for each correct pick is 24. There is no bonus applied.

  • Final Four: The weight for each correct pick is 40. There is no bonus applied.

  • Championship: The weight for each correct pick is 70. There is no bonus applied.

  • Tiebreaker: The total score of the Championship game. (NOTE: YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FINAL SCORE OR YOUR BRACKET WILL NOT BE SAVED.)

  • Maximum Brackets: You can have up to 9 brackets per user name. $20 each or 3 for every $50.

Constitution: Together we can make a HUGE difference. Please do not share the password. We will match emails to payments. No payment, no winning of the Prizes as that would be stealing from the children. Let's have fun and change a world for a child.

Questions: can be forwarded to nichole@retailroi(dot)org

FAQs

Can I pick my teams yet?

You can register now and CBS Sports will send you a link when the teams are picked on March 13th. At that time you have 4 days to complete your picks which must be picked by 10:59am EST on Thursday the 17th.

If I play multiple brackets, can both win a prize?

You will win the Prize for the best bracket. The goal here is to help as many people win as possible, not give all the Prizes to one person. So even if you play 3 brackets, it is your best bracket that decides the Prize.

Is there anything special about the scoring?

No, standard scoring for the pool as points increase as the games get further along.

Can we talk smack?

Yes, absolutely and that will be part of the fun. This will be monitored, so use respect. We may have younger age kids playing with their parent for fun so please use discretion. But if you want to talk company smack among friends, by all means go for it.

Are prizes only for the winners?

We are adding a couple of fun Prizes. There will be a Prize for the worst score after we get to the Sweet 16 and a Prize for the best score at that point. If there is a tie, we will throw the names in a hat and pick the winners.

What is tie-breaker for final?

We will use total points as the tiebreaker for the final games. This will be used for any ties for the top Prizes.

How will we be updated of progress?

The service will automatically email reports out to the participants after each round of games.

I don’t want to play, but can I contribute to this cause?

Yes, absolutely, simply go to our Donation Page. Enter “Chicago School” in project field and Thank You!

Is this a tax deduction?

If you play a bracket, no. Technically this would be entertainment. The point here is to have fun and help kids. If you need to be ultracompetitive and win at all costs, skip it and play elsewhere. Our goal here is to give orphans home through simply $20 from each person. Together we can make a HUGE Difference.

Sponsors

Thank you to all of the sponsors of RetailROI. Each of these companies either sponsored RetailROI this year or donated a prize for March Gladness. Thanks to all of you.

Previous Years

March Gladness - 2015

Collegio de Tia Tatiana is a K-12 school in an extremely poor area of Santo Domingo serving the children of struggling and broken families who strive to meet basic needs such as daily food and clothing. The school is part of Vision Trust International’s global efforts to change the lives of over 17,000 children by creating healthy, hopeful and helpful conditions to thrive in. March Gladness will help fund a school makeover of classrooms for the school and a new sports field for the local orphanage in the same community.

Last November a group of ROI volunteers, lead by Mark Haney, came together to carry laptops to the Dominican Republic in order to install a computer lab at the school. Among the volunteers on this trip were Mary and Jay Fagnano who lost recently lost their 20 year-old son Nick, in a freak lightning storm that struck Venice Beach, CA on July 27th, 2014. When Nick was 13 he organized a baseball equipment drive with his little league teammates as he’d heard that kids in the Dominican Republic were so poor they had to play with sticks for bats, rocks for balls and milk cartons for gloves. Inspired by Nick’s concern for kids in the DR and using funds that had been raised for the trip by Nick’s grade school, the team assesed the huge need at Tia Tatiana for proper learning conditions including new classroom furniture, teaching aids, supplies, textbooks and teacher’s desks. After talking with the teachers and principal, in one day the ROI DR team was able to source new chairs, student tables, supplies, supply cabinet and other items and accomplished an extreme classroom makeover for the 6th grade. Seeing the expressions of joy on the students faces when they entered their new classroom, firmly established the goal of returning to the DR in April 2015 with the funds and volunteers needed complete the other 9 classrooms as well as begin work on a sports field for the children at the Remar Orphanage.


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In memory of Nick Fagnano we are working to improve the lives of orphaned and neglected children in the Dominican Republic by improving their schools and playing field at the Herrera Tatiana school through a school makeover and new sports fields.


March Gladness - 2014

LYDIA Urban Academy is an accredited, non-traditional high school that provides a safe, nurturing environment for students who may have experienced academic adversity in the past. We believe in empowering youth through education, advocacy, and discipleship. Each class is designed using differentiated instruction based on student interests, readiness, learning styles, and social-emotional needs.

LUA's core curriculum includes English, math, social studies and science classes that adhere to Illinois State standards for excellence.In addition, students are required to complete a curriculum of courses designed to develop the skills necessary for independent living. To learn more about the Lydia Urban Academy in Chicago, Click Here


March Gladness 2013

We built a school in Cayes Jacmel, Haiti. For more information click here.


March Gladness is now closed. If you would like to contribute to Care For Children, please donate here.