Horace Mann Tournament Challenge
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Horace Mann’s Tournament Challenge

NO PURCHASE OR INSURANCE QUOTE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO ELIGIBLE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS DEFINED BELOW AND THEIR REPRESETNATIVES WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE. Void in Puerto Rico, outside the U.S., and where prohibited and restricted by law. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with the official NCAA Basketball Tournament, March Madness Tournament or Amazon. Promotion is for entertainment and advertising purposes only with prizes donated as gifts by Sponsor to participating schools.

1. Horace Mann’s Tournament Challenge promotion (the “Promotion”) commences at 08:00:01 AM Central Time (“CST”) on March 11, 2019 and ends at 011:59:00 PM CST on April 8, 2019 (the “Promotion Period”). All participating schools will be selected by March 11, 2019 12:00:01 AM CST.

2. Sponsor: The Promotion shall be sponsored by Horace Mann Service Corporation (“Sponsor and Horace Mann”).

3. Eligibility: Open only to K-12 Illinois schools selected by Horace Mann, a list of which can be found at http://horacemann.com/teacher-lounge/sweepstakes/ILbasketball-schools. Excludes officers, directors, contractors (including ABM Service Corporation) and employees of Sponsor; Administrator; each of their respective subsidiaries, members, licensees, affiliates, distributors, dealerships, franchisees, sales representatives, advertising, promotion and web design agencies, and their respective affiliates, assigns or representatives; and any other individuals or entities associated with the development, administration, promotion, execution of, or supply to, this Promotion (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”); and members of their immediate families (i.e., parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, stepparents, stepchildren and stepsiblings and their respective spouses) or members of the same household, whether or not related.

4. How to Enter Sweepstakes: This Sweepstakes requires no purchase. K-12 Illinois schools are selected by Sponsor and may consent to participate to Sponsor through an authorized representative. By consenting to participate, the Illinois school is also agreeing to allow Sponsor to promote and sponsor to that school’s employees. Sponsor will randomly select an NCAA basketball team participating in the 2019 tournament and assign to each participating school. Total number of schools with the opportunity to participate is 32.

Winner Selection, Odds of Winning, Winner Notification below.

Limit: Each school will be assigned one NCAA basketball team to follow through the duration of the Sweepstakes and the NCAA basketball tournament. The distribution of prizes are as follows:

  • Round 1: Each school eliminated during the first round of play will receive a set of Horace Mann drinkware including 12 coffee mugs and 12 coasters for your teacher’s lounge!
  • Round 2: Each school eliminated during the second round of play will receive a Horace Mann lunch bag for all school staff members.
  • Sweet 16- Each school eliminated during the third round of play will receive a Horace Mann lunch bag for all school staff members and $100 in Donorschoose.org funding
  • Elite 8- Each school eliminated during the fourth round of play will receive a Horace Mann drink tumbler for all school staff members and $150 in Donorschoose.org funding
  • Final Four- Each school eliminated during the fifth round of play will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann and $250 in DonorsChoose.org funding
  • The Big Dance- The school eliminated during the Championship game will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann as well as $500 in DonorsChoose.org funding
  • Champion! The school who wins the tournament will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann, a $500 in DonorsChoose.org funding and a $500 gift certificate to Lakeshore learning for supplies

Total Sweepstakes Value: $3000 + $2900 DonorsChoose.org funding

5. Winner Selection, Winner Notification, Odds of Winning:

Winners will be named as results come in from NCAA Basketball Tournament standings and results. Sponsor will award and distribute all prizes to eligible schools. School administration will distribute prizes accordingly. School will designate DonorsChoose.org project for funding. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with DonorsChoose.org, Amazon, NCAA or March Madness.

Prize Odds: Odds of winning a Prize are 64:64. All participating schools will win a Prize but Prize will be determined by success of the participating schools randomly assigned NCAA basketball team. DonorsChoose.org is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. The DonorsChoose.org funding has no value except as a charitable donation by Horace Mann to the DonorsChoose.org program. Funding as awarded is not assignable or transferable and is restricted to the selected project ID. Awarding of a prize is subject to verification of a potential winner's eligibility and full compliance with these Official Rules, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Except where prohibited, the selected potential Prize Winner may be required to complete and return to Sponsor or its designated agent an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity Release Form (“Affidavit and Release”) and any required tax forms within seven (7) days of receiving the Affidavit and Release. Failure to return the signed Affidavit and Release within seven (7) days following the date of delivery thereof may result in forfeiture of Prize. All prizes awarded are subject to verification of the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules. If a potential winner cannot be contacted as specified above, or if a potential winner fails to return the signed Affidavit of Eligibility by the deadline specified above, or if a potential winner is deemed ineligible for any other reason in Sponsor’s sole discretion, the potential winner will be disqualified and the Prize will remain unrewarded.

6. General Terms, Releases, and Limitations of Liability: Participating Schools agree to these Official Rules and to all decisions of Promotion Entities, which are final and legally binding in all respects, and further agree that Prizes will be awarded upon the condition that the Promotion Entities shall have no liability whatsoever and shall be held harmless for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to persons or property, including death, sustained, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with or resulting from acceptance, possession or use/misuse of a Prize, participation in this Promotion, and participation in any Promotion-related activities and further acknowledge that said parties have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any Prize, including but not limited to its merchantability, quality, condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor reserves any and all rights to solely interpret and administer the terms and conditions of this Promotion which shall be final and Entrant agrees to abide by all Sponsor decisions regarding the Promotion. Entrants shall bear sole and full responsibility for any associated taxes in whatever form as may be assessed as a result of winning a Prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate or suspend this Promotion, or any portion thereof, should viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt or impair the administration, integrity or security of the Promotion (including but not limited to attempts to hack into or otherwise tamper with underlying source code/programming of the Website or any portion thereof).

7. Release of Sponsor: The Promotion Entities and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, officers, directors, partners, principals, partnerships, employees or agents are not responsible for hardware, software or telephone failures of any kind; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Website or any combination thereof; lost network connections; incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by Promotion Entities users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; or by technical or human error which may occur and/or which may damage a user’s system or limit an Entrant's ability to participate and/or redeem any Prize in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Promotion, violates these Official Rules, or otherwise engages in fraudulent or offensive conduct with respect to this Promotion. Caution: Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrants to the fullest extent of the law.

8. Liability: As a condition of participating in this Promotion and winning a Prize, Entrants agree that (1) under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (2) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or Prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action and shall be resolved exclusively by arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association; and (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorney’s fees. The laws of the State of Illinois shall exclusively govern the Promotion. Should any provision of these Official Rules be deemed unenforceable or invalid, the other provisions of these Official Rules shall remain in full force and effect. In the event that this Promotion is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority (including, but not limited to, any federal or provincial or state governmental authority), Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Promotion, as applicable, or to disqualify any Entrants residing in any affected geographic areas, or in Sponsor’s sole discretion do not meet eligibility requirements. In such event, Sponsor shall have no liability to any Entrants who are disqualified due to such an action.

9. Privacy: Any personal information collected will be subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and will be used by Promotion Entities solely to administer this Promotion and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without the consent of the applicable Entrant unless required by law. By entering this Promotion, each Entrant agrees that Sponsor has the right to contact Entrant by telephone, email or regular mail as set forth by these Official Rules. In the event of any discrepancy between Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and these Official Rules, the Privacy Policy will govern and control. For Sponsor’s online Privacy Policy, please visit http://educatorfinancial.com/privacy.aspx

10. Request for Winners List and Official Rules: For Official Rules and/or the Winners List, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Communications -Web Strategy and Social Media, Horace Mann Insurance, 1 Horace Mann Plaza, #D943, Springfield, IL 62701, USA. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on rules requests. Winners List will be available after December 1, 2018.

Sponsor: Horace Mann Service Corporation 1 Horace Mann Plaza Springfield, IL 62715

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