First Annual HSAC Analytic Bracket Contest — Benefit for Tsunami Relief, $200 Total in Prizes

Update: Registration is now open.

I woke up this morning ready to introduce our contest for the NCAA tournament only to read about the devastation in Japan. As a result, we’re going to use the opportunity to raise some money towards disaster relief. Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you just want to donate, here are the websites for the Red Cross and GlobalGiving.
  • Entries will open up Monday morning (via Google Forms), along with the full format. The contest will be an analytic twist on your standard office pool. Sign up with this form to be emailed as soon as the contest opens up!
  • We’ll be running two pools: $100 in prizes will go to the winner of the Harvard student pool, and the other $100 will go to a pool that everyone can enter.
  • To be eligible to win any of the prizes, you must show us a proof of donation of at least $5 minimum to the disaster relief charity of your choice. This donation must be made by the tipoff of the first game of the round of 64, using the email that you have provided to us. This is to prevent people from making a donation only after they think they have a better chance of winning the prize, since we will only be checking the donations of prizewinners. We will be strict about this.
  • Multiple entries are allowed. $5 minimum donation per entry (you don’t have to make separate donations; one $15 gift would cover three entries). There will be an option for multiple entries on the form, so please don’t use a different email address.
  • You will be picking 3 times total. You’ll pick the winners of rounds 1-2 before round 1 starts, rounds 3-4 before round 3 starts, and the Final Four before it starts.
  • If any readers have any suggestions from now until the roll-out, please share. Everything until the contest starts is subject to change.

All other relevant details will be up at 9:00 AM Monday morning (again, sign up to be emailed with a reminder here). In the meantime, please don’t wait until Monday to donate. Again, here are the websites for the Red Cross and GlobalGiving.

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