MarchGladness

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 60 great prizes ranging from PCs to drones, to gift cards to top retailers
  • 100% of the proceeds helps a child in need.

This year we are partnering with My Friend’s House, a residential group foster home for teen boys and the III and Long Foundation, the foundation of NFL great Santonio Holmes where the funds will be to help inner city kids with football camps and others with medical issues

$20 donation. Yes, that’s it! $20. Every bracket played helps. It’s that simple. Play below.

My Friends House
My Friend’s House is a residential group home for boys in the foster care system in Tennessee. The mission is to serve at-risk youth in need by offering a home-like environment with a balance of structure, support, nurturing and expectations. The agency believes that today’s youth are tomorrow’s future. The ultimate goal and purpose of My Friend’s House is to reunite youth with their families. When reunification is not an option, My Friend’s House works collaboratively with the Department of Children’s Services to make every effort to find the best possible solution for the youth’s future, to including transitional living, foster home or relative placement.

Santonio Holmes III and Long Foundation
Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes knows first hand what its like to face challenges. He grew up in Belle Glade, Florida and he and his family faced many tough times. His beginnings were humble. But, Santonio had a great support system and was able to achieve his dreams. Now, he wants to help youth growing up in similar communities to achieve their dreams. Through the Santonio Holmes III & Long Foundation, he will be holding a football camp to give back and inspire other’s to know they can succeed. Funding from the March Gladness campaign will allow students to attend this uplifting experience at no cost.

March Gladness 2017 Prizes

  • $1,000 Shopping Spree (Amex, Best Buy, Amazon gift cards) – IHL/Balance Innovations/QuickIt Courier
  • 3DR Solo Drone Package with GoPro Camera ~ $1,000 – ESRI
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with KB – Microsoft
  • Signed Ohio State Helment by Santonio Holmes and Personal Video – @ToneTime10
  • Under Armour Fitness Package (Healthbox, Wireless Headphones, Duffle Bag) – Under Armour
  • Apple Watch Sport – InfoVista
  • $250 Ruth’s Chris – Aptos
  • $250 Dick’s Sporting Goods Card – Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • $250 Lamps Plus – Lori Mitchell Keller
  • $250 DTLR Gift Card – DTLR
  • $250 Lamps Plus – Lamps Plus
  • Star Wars™ T-65 X-Wing Starfighter Battle Quad Drone ($200) – IHL
  • Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Advanced X1™ Battle Quad Drone ($200) – IHL
  • $200 Visa Gift Card – ATOS
  • $200 Johnston and Murphy Gift Card – Genesco
  • $200 Walmart Gift Card – Connie Driscoll & Associates
  • $200 Amazon Gift Card – Asset Enterprises
  • Amazon Echo – Cognizant
  • Amazon Echo – ScanSource
  • Nostalgic Large Retro Candy Gift Box – IT Sugar
  • $100 Visa Gift Card – ATOS
  • $100 Lowes – IHL
  • $100 Best Buy  – IHL
  • $100 Inveniio Gift Card
  • 1 – Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription – 1 yr.
  • 1 – Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription – 1 yr.
  • 1 – Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription – 1 yr.
  • 1 – Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription – 1 yr.
  • 1 – Microsoft Office 365 Home Subscription – 1 yr.
  • Amazon Echo Dot – Todd Michaud
  • Amazon Echo Dot – Todd Michaud
  • Amazon Kindle Fire – Reflexis
  • $50 Home Depot Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 Jockey Gift Card – Jockey
  • $50 Macy’s Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 Shell GC – IHL
  • $50 Kohl’s Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 iTunes – Vicki Cantrell
  • $50 Best Buy Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 Lowes Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 iTunes – Vicki Cantrell
  • $50 JC Penney Gift Card – Accuvia
  • $50 HSN Card – Paula Paravechio
  • $50 Sally Beauty Gift Card – Sally Beauty
  • $50 Home Depot – IHL
  • $50 HSN Gift Card
  • $50 Buffalo Wild Wings – IHL
  • $50 Sally Beauty Gift Card – Sally Beauty
  • $45 Fandango – IHL
  • $45 Target – IHL
  • Roku Streaming Stick – Reflexis
  • $30 Dunkin Cards – Ed Collupy
  • $25 Visa Gift Card – Alvin Fortson
  • $25 Visa Gift Card – Alvin Fortson
  • $25 Visa Gift Card – Alvin Fortson
  • $25 Visa Gift Card – Alvin Fortson
  • $25 Gamestop – IHL
  • $25 Gamestop – IHL
  • $25 Walgreens Gift Card – Walgreens
  • $25 Best Buy – IHL
  • $25 Best Buy – IHL
  • $25 Starbucks – Victoria Rose/7th Online
  • $25 Starbucks – Victoria Rose/7th Online
  • $25 BP Gift Card – IHL
  • $25 McDonalds – IHL
  • $25 Burger King – IHL
  • $25 Cracker Barrel – IHL
  • $25 Cracker Barrel – IHL
  • $20 Dunkin Cards – Ed Collupy
  • $10 Kohls – IHL
  • $10 Dominos – IHL
  • $10 Dominos – IHL
  • $10 Taco Bell – IHL

Make sure you understand the scoring. This pool REALLY rewards the underdogs you pick to continue to win. You get a point for the win PLUS the seed of the winning team in the second round. So if a #16 seed beats a #1 seed, you get 18 points for the win if you picked the #16 team in the first round. If that team continues to win again, you get 5+16 (21 points for second round). If you picked the #1 seed and they win, you only get 3 points in first round and 6 points in the second round.
*This seeded scoring continues through the entire game. You get the points for that round plus the seed number.

  • First Four: Play-in games are not included or scored (games before March 16th)
  • First Round: 2 pts + # of seed
  • Second Round: 5 pts + # of seed
  • Sweet 16: 11 pts + # of seed
  • Elite 8: 22 pts + # of seed
  • Final 4: 33 pts + # of seed
  • Championship: 65 pts + # of seed

HINT: pick your Sweet 16 and work backwards from there and pick upsets for teams not in your Sweet 16 – that should maximize your score if you picked the right Sweet 16 teams.

Can I pick my teams yet?

You can donate and register now and we will send you a link when the teams are picked on March 12th. At that time you have 4 days to complete your picks which must be picked by 12:15PM EST on Thursday the 16th.

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?

Yes, there are different levels for each round. See the Rules & Scoring Page for details

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?

After each round, login to your dashboard and you will see the latest results. Instructions are in the email you received when registered.

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

Yes, absolutely, simply go to our Donation Page. Enter March Gladness – Donation Only 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 ultra competitive 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.

What has March Gladness accomplished in 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.

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.

The brackets are closed… Thanks to all who participated

If you would still like to donate, you can do that by clicking here.