Madness of March Charity Bracket 2017

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The Sports Fund announces the second annual Madness of March Charity Bracket

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Early round upset specials, last-second buzzer-beaters, the long and winding Road to the Final Four – Office pool and individual bracketologists, your time approaches.

Brush up on your college basketball scouting and round up your basketball-savvy friends – you can even pull in non-fans who pick according to their favorite mascot names – for the Madness of March Charity Bracket presented by The Sports Fund.

This year’s charitable bracket is set you up for to choose your NCAA 2017 men’s college basketball tournament selections and help your favorite Middle Tennessee nonprofits win big simply by donating a fully tax-deductible $20 to play.

Bracket winners will earn major bragging rights while helping their favorite charities earn a bundle. Individuals, groups and entire companies are encouraged to participate, and all will be able to monitor their own competition and results.

The Sports Fund Charity Bracket

Here’s how it works:

  • The Madness of March Charity Bracket will open immediately after the two-hour Selection Sunday telecast, set for Sunday, March 12 on and CBS affiliate NewsChannel5 locally.
  • All payments and participation in charity bracket will happen via Participants name the charity for which they will be playing and where they heard about the charity bracket.
  • Entry participants who registered prior to March 12 will receive a follow-up email reminder to fill in their picks.
  • Entries will close at the start of the men’s second round (round of 64) games at 11 a.m. CST on Thursday, March 16 at various regional sites.

This year’s NCAA men’s Final Four will be held April 1 and April 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Madness of March Charity Bracket will go to support The Sports Fund; the other 50 percent will be divided between the charities named by the top finishers.


The Sports Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a charitable effort dedicated to helping ensure Middle Tennessee children have access to the opportunities sports and team membership provide – ultimately, helping them succeed in school and in life.

“The Madness of March Charity Bracket is a fun way for people to do something sporty that will raise money and awareness of The Sports Fund and the winners’ favorite charities,” said Scott O’Neal of The Community Foundation.  “And nonprofits, the more people playing for you, the better your odds are of winning the cash,” O’Neal said.

As a permanent endowed source of funding, The Sports Fund will distribute grant funds to nonprofits and community programs in Middle Tennessee that work proactively to prevent a range of issues facing our children, such as childhood obesity, gang membership, teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.

For more information, contact Scott O’Neal at 615-321-4939, ext. 133 or For additional updates, follow The Sports Fund on Facebook or at

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has helped generous individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, and communities establish charitable funds during the past 24 years, as well as supported one-time donations of all sizes. Established funds provide philanthropic solutions to a broad range of donors and help connect generosity with need in Middle Tennessee and across the United States, supporting the charitable goals of the entire community and building a stronger region. The Community Foundation serves the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and is located at 3833 Cleghorn Ave., #400, Nashville, TN 37215.



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