Celebrate the Excitement of March Madness While Benefiting Charity

Fans for Change, a new non-profit organization launching in March 2012, is giving fans a chance to enjoy the excitement of March Madness while benefiting a charitable cause. The organizations is running an online NCAA Tournament "March Madness" bracket pool manager where 100% of the sum of each pool's entry fees are automatically granted to the charity of the pool winner's choice.

Fans can participate in the terrific cause initiative by taking four (4) simple steps:

  1. Head to http://www.FansForChange.org
  2. Click "Join a Group" then "Join Public Group"
  3. Select or Name a Charity (any registered 501c3)
  4. Complete Your Bracket before March 17th at 9am EST

The free pool is open to the general public and the co-founders of the initiative, Jay Bavishi and Wesley Harris, have even offered to donate $1,000 to the registered 501c3 of the pool winner's choice. So go out and log in to FansForChange.org, select your favorite charity, pick your teams, and join the Madness for your cause!

Four (4) August Sports Business Events to Check Out

Sports professionals looking to expand their knowledge base and network with others should consider checking out these four (4) upcoming sports business events:

India's Emerging Influence on Sports Panel Discussion

  • Panel of Speakers: Tejpaul Bhatia (MediaMerx), Venu Palaparthi (DreamCricket.com), Akash Jain (National Basketball Association), and Miguel Abaroa (Starbeast Motorsports)
  • Date: August 17th
  • Location: Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza, NYC)
  • Time: 6-7pm (Discussion), 7-8pm (Networking), 7:30pm (Game)
  • Price: $40, which includes admission to the panel discussion, (1) ticket to the NY Liberty game and a voucher for a free popcorn and soda
  • For More Information, Click Here: http://www.iseeresearch.com/news or contact Jay Bavishi, Founder and CEO of iSee Research at jay@iseeresearch.com

To better understand how brands from India are beginning to impact the sports marketplace, take a close look at how Mahindra, an Indian conglomerate best known for passenger, commercial, and agricultural automotives is leveraging its association with the NBA:

Milwaukee Sports Marketing Professionals Event

  • Date: Monday, August 9th
  • Location: Fred Miller Pub (3939 W. Highland, Milwaukee, WI)
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Price: N/A - Must RSVP to MSMP@gmrmarketing.com by Monday, August 2nd
  • For More Information: Follow MSMP on Twitter (@MKESportsMktg) and Facebook (Search: Milwaukee Sports Marketing Professionals)
  • *If you can make it, I look forward to connecting with you there!

London Sports Networker Event

  • Date: Tuesday, August 10th
  • Location: Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place, London NW1 6JJ, United Kingdom
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Price:  £10 GBP online,  £15 GBP at the door
  • For More Information: Click here
  • Lewis Howes and Daniel McClaren are two of the best in the biz. If you are in the London marketplace, be sure to check it out!

August SportsBiz Networking Event

  • Date: Wednesday, August 18th
  • Location: Slattery's Midtown Pub (8 East 36th St., New York City)
  • Time: 6:30-9:30pm
  • Price: Free (RSVP Now)
  • For More Information: Click here
  • Russell Scibetti and Joshua Duboff have done a tremendous job putting these events on all across the country!