Grades 6-12: 2017 “GAME CHANGERS”- VIDEO COMPETITION CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICANS IN BASEBALL Contest Rules
OFFICIAL RULES: Grades 6-12 (“Official Rules”)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All students who are legal residents of, and currently reside in, the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana who are currently enrolled in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter, except that students in the following categories are NOT eligible to participate or enter: students who are immediate family members (i.e., daughter, son, sister, or brother, regardless of where they live) or who reside in the same household (whether related or not) of any persons who, after November 15, 2016, are employees or agents of Major League
Baseball Properties, Inc. (“MLBP”), MLB Advanced Media, L.P., MLB Advanced Media, Inc., MLB Media Holdings, Inc., MLB Media Holdings, L.P., MLB Online Services, Inc., the MLB Network, LLC, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), the Major League Baseball Clubs, Major League Baseball Players Association and/or each of their respective shareholders, employees, parents, directors, officers, affiliates, representatives, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, the “MLB Entities”), or True Star Foundation (“Sponsor”), its shareholders, employees, parents, directors, officers, affiliates, representatives, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, “True Star”) or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, cooperatives, or franchisees or employees or agents of service agencies or independent contractors of any of the above organizations; individuals engaged in the development, production, or distribution of materials for this Contest; or individuals involved in the judging process.
SUBMITTING ENTRIES: Below please find the entry requirements for grades 6-8 (each, a “Grades 6-8 Entry” and collectively, the “Grades 6-8 Entries”) and for grades 9-12 (each, a “Grades 9-12 Entry” and collectively, the “Grades 9-12 Entries”) (Grades 6-8 Entries and Grades 9-12 Entries are each, an “Entry” and collectively, the “Entries”).
Grades 6-8 Entries: Limit one Entry per student or team of 2-3 students submitting the completed essay (“Entrant(s)”).
Completed Grades 6-8 Entries may be submitted by emailing completed video essays to firstname.lastname@example.org, provided that the online submission may only be uploaded by a current teacher (“Current Teacher”) or parent or legal guardian of the Entrant(s) and not by the Entrant(s).
All Grades 6-8 Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CST on March 31, 2017.
Grades 9-12 Entries: Limit one Entry per student or team of 2-3 students submitting the completed essay (“Entrant(s)”).
Completed Grades 9-12 Entries may be submitted by emailing completed video essays to email@example.com, provided that the online submission may be uploaded by either the Entrant or his/her Current Teacher or parent or legal guardian of the Entrant(s).
All Grades 9-12 Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CST on March 31, 2017.
Grades 9-12 Entries submitted online must also include the Entrant’s email address to which Entrant will be notified if he/she has been selected as a potential winner and provided with instructions on next steps for potentially collecting the applicable prize.
Essay Entries—Grades 6-12: Create a video essay two minutes or less in length that celebrates the notable men who helped pave the way for African Americans in baseball and their contributions, ensuring that their bravery and spirit continue to live on beyond the baseball field.
All entries must include the following information:
- Entrant’s name
- Entrant’s grade
- Entrant’s phone number
- Entrant’s mailing address
- Name of Entrant’s Current Teacher, or if Entrant has more than one (1) Current
Teacher, of the Current Teacher designated by Entrant to receive a prize for
himself/herself and/or his/her class if Entrant is declared a Contest winner (the “Selected Teacher”)
Other Entry Info: Grades 6-12
All personal information collected from Entries submitted online will be retained in
and agree that such information may be available to United States authorities or
otherwise accessed in accordance with United States federal or applicable state law.
True Star and the MLB Entities are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, stolen, incomplete, illegible, postage due, or misdirected entries; for interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other
connections; for lack of availability or accessibility, or miscommunications due to failed computer, satellite, telephone, or cable transmissions or lines; for technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; for computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; or for any other computer, network, technical, typographical, human or other error, problem, or malfunction related to or in connection with the Contest.
Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:
∙ How well does the video essay reflect and honor the notable men who helped pave the way for African Americans in baseball?
∙ How well does the video essay express how the bravery and spirit of these men continue to live on beyond the baseball field?
∙ How well is the essay organized to express what the Entrant wants to say?
∙ How effective is the essay in expressing the Entrant’s point of view?
All essays must be factual and based on the Entrant’s real-life experience. Fictional stories will be disqualified.
Selection of Winners:
Entries submitted will be judged by True Star and the Chicago White Sox. Each prospective winner and/or his/her Submitting Teacher, as applicable, will be notified on or about April 7, 2017. Entries, and all rights in winning Entries, become the property of the Chicago White Sox and will not be returned. Each prospective winner and his/her parent/guardian (where applicable) agree to be bound by the Official Rules, and the decisions of the judges are final in all matters relating to this Contest. Each prospective winner and his/her parent/legal guardian (where applicable) will be required to sign, notarize, and return, within ten (10) days of date of notification: (1) an affidavit of eligibility/compliance with the Official Rules and statement of originality and verification of address; (2) a publicity release permitting True Star, the MLB Entities and each of their respective designees to (i) use the winner’s name, address, likeness, biographical information and/or Entry; (ii) broadcast the Entry, in whole or in part, in any future distribution(s); and/or (iii) use the winner’s services, including all live and taped performances of winner’s media interviews, photo/video and/or autograph sessions in connection with this Contest in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, worldwide without limitation, including for any advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes, without additional notice or compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law; and (3) a release of liability signed by the parent/legal guardian of the winner (where applicable), and the traveling companion of winner (as applicable). If the above are not executed and received by True Star within ten (10) days of date of receipt, prizes may be awarded to an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible Entries. In addition, each winner and/or parent/legal guardian of the winner (where applicable) must execute all other documents requested by True Star and/or the MLB Entities.
Each Entrant and his/her parent/guardian (where applicable) hereby indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless True Star and each of the MLB Entities from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action, and liabilities arising out of the preparation for or participation in this Contest, or any use, misuse or non-use of any prize (or any portion thereof) awarded hereunder, including any travel or activity related thereto (including, without limitation, any property loss, damage, personal injury or death caused to any person(s)).
True Star and the MLB Entities assume no responsibility or liability for the selection of any winner. The acceptance of any prizes constitutes a release of True Star and the MLB Entities from such responsibilities and liabilities.
Grand Prize- Grades 6-12: One (1) grand prize winner (the “Grades 6-12 Winner”) will be selected from all eligible Entries of Entrants in grades 6-12. The Grades 6-12 Winner will receive four (4) tickets to a 2017 White Sox home game at Guaranteed Rate Field (for the Grades 6-12 Winner, his/her parent or legal guardian and two guests), the date of which shall be determined by the Chicago White Sox. The Grades 6-12 Winner will be honored in an on-field ceremony before the selected game date. The winning Entry will be played at Guaranteed Rate Field during the game. The Grades 6-12 Winner also will receive a White Sox prize pack (minimum estimated retail value: $30).
No cash substitutions for prizes. In the event of prize unavailability, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded as determined in the Chicago White Sox sole discretion. The dates and times of any Major League Baseball game, exhibition and/or event are determined in the sole discretion of the
Chicago White Sox, and may be subject to change. The Grand Prizes include
tickets to any game, event or exhibition during 2017 Major League Baseball season other than as specifically set forth herein. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as prizes will govern in the event a legal game, exhibition or event, as defined by the Chicago White Sox, is not played due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. The Grades 6-12 Winner agrees to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Grand Prize. True Star and the applicable MLB Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or guest who engages in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the game, exhibition or event. True Star and the MLB Entities will not be responsible for acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster that may cause the cancellation of Major League Baseball games, exhibitions or events. All prizes
awarded pursuant to the Contest are nontransferable. All federal, state, and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winners. Void where restricted or prohibited.
ANY DISPUTE, CLAIM, OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL BE SETTLED BY MANDATORY, CONFIDENTIAL, FINAL, AND BINDING ARBITRATION HELD IN NEW YORK AND ADMINISTERED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS THEN-CURRENT COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES. EXCEPT AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW, NEITHER A PARTY NOR AN ARBITRATOR MAY DISCLOSE THE EXISTENCE, CONTENT, OR RESULTS OF ANY ARBITRATION HEREUNDER WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF ALL PARTIES. NO PARTY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE CLAIMS IN ARBITRATION BY OR AGAINST OTHER INDIVIDUALS OR ENTITIES, OR ARBITRATE AS A REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER OF A PUTATIVE CLASS OR IN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAPACITY. THE ARBITRATOR SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO AWARD ANY REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. ANY AWARD AND ANY JUDGMENT CONFIRMING IT ONLY APPLIES TO THE ARBITRATION IN WHICH IT WAS AWARDED AND CANNOT BE USED IN ANY OTHER CASE EXCEPT TO ENFORCE THE AWARD ITSELF.
Winners List: For the names of winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope after February 17, 2017, and before April 7, 2017, to Game Changers Video Essay Contest Winners List, Chicago White Sox, 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616.
Sponsor: True Star Foundation, 1130 S. Wabash Suite 302, Chicago, IL 60605.
Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of
the BOC, MLBP, and MLB Advanced Media, L.P., as applicable. Contest is not sponsored by any of the MLB Entities. This promotion and all matters arising in connection with this promotion shall be construed and evaluated according to United States law.