Sunday, March 14, 2010

Announcing the Relentless Optimism March Madness Tournament!

The tournament has now started, so we are no longer taking entries for our March Madness pool.
Our March Madness fundraiser is now live!  

For our March Madness fundraiser, we have set up a league on where everyone can submit their brackets.  The name of our league is Relentless Optimism and the password is Optimism.  You can find our league by clicking on the link below.  Please note that you will need to sign up for a free account if you don't already have one.  From there, you will be asked to pick a winner for each game in the tournament.  Each correct pick will win you points, with the later rounds of the tournament being worth more points than the earlier rounds.  The person with the highest total points in our league will win our cash prize.  Please note that there is a play in game on Tuesday, March 16th that we will not be scoring in our contest.

The NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship tournament starts in the afternoon on Thursday, March 18th.  Our league will officially be closed to new entries when the first game starts, so be sure to get your brackets in early.  Results will be updated both here on the team fundraising blog and on the ESPN league page throughout the tournament.  The person in our league with the most points following the championship game on April 5th will be declared the winner.  The winner will be notified on April 6th and the results of our tournament will be posted here shortly thereafter. 

Please note that this contest is a fundraiser for our team for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure.  For each bracket that you submit, we are requesting a $10 donation to our 3 Day team.  Donations can be made using the Paypal "Donate" button at the top right hand side of this blog.  Entering March Madness will take you away from this site, so please bookmark it so that you remember to make your donations.

The winner of this contest will receive a cash prize equal to half the money collected for this contest.  If a member of Relentless Optimism wins, all of the money from that contest will be donated to our team for the 3 Day.

Finally, word of mouth is the most effective tool we have to generate entries for these contests.  The more entries we get, the larger the cash prize for the winner and more importantly, the more money we can raise for a really great cause.  Even if you don't enter yourself, please pass on this information to anyone that you think might be interested. 

Not sure what this March Madness thing is all about?  Briefly, the NCAA March Madness tournament features the top 64 men's college basketball teams.  The teams are divided into four brackets and the tournament is single elimination until only one team is remaining and is crowned National Champion.  Correctly predicting the winners of each game will win you points throughout the tournament.  Even if you don't know anything about college basketball, you should still enter our contest.  In a tournament of 64 teams, it is incredibly difficult to correctly predict the outcomes of every single game.  Guessing and beginner's luck are huge in March Madness pools - you might just predict the long shot that goes all the way!


  1. Great idea for a fundraiser! I'm glad it raises money for a worthwhile cause.

  2. Thanks for the feedback! We hope that you join our league to help us raise money for such a great cause!