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Fantasy Summer Olympics League – A #3DayTweeps fundraiser!

July 17th, 2012 by kscincotta

Update: Entries for this fundraiser are now closed. Thanks to everyone who signed up and good luck over the next two weeks!

On July 27th, the entire world will turn their eyes to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics! The Olympics will run for two weeks and will conclude on August 12th at the Closing Ceremonies. Back in 2010, I ran a Fantasy Olympics league as a fundraiser for my team for the Breast Cancer 3 Day. While I’m not walking myself this year, I had so much fun with my previous Fantasy Olympics fundraiser that I’m running a league again this year on behalf of my fellow #3DayTweeps!

If you are interested in entering our #3DayTweeps Fantasy Summer Olympics League fundraiser, here’s the basic run down of how this is going to work. Every person who enters our contest will be asked to select 18 countries to be their “Fantasy Team” for the entire Olympiad. However, you can’t just choose any 18 countries. We have ranked all of the countries that have qualified athletes based on both their previous performances and their predicted results in London and grouped them into six “tiers”, with the top tiers being known Summer Olympics powerhouses and the lower tiers being long shots to medal at all. When you select your team, you will be asked to choose a select number of countries from each tier to compose your team. Then, throughout the Olympics, we’ll keep track of how many medals each of your countries wins for your team. Points will be awarded based on what color medal is won and will be weighted based on the tier of the country that won it. The point scheme will be as follows:

Gold Medals = 5 points x Tier Level
Silver Medals = 3 points x Tier Level
Bronze Medals = 1 point x Tier Level

In the end, we’ll figure out whose Fantasy Olympics Team has accumulated the most points to determine an overall winner for our contest!

If you would like to enter a team in our Fantasy Olympics League, simply click on this link and follow the instructions:

Enter the #3DayTweeps Fantasy Olympics League!

The above Survey Monkey link will lead you through the selection of your Fantasy Olympics team. At the conclusion of the selection process, you will be redirected back here. Then, using the handy Paypal “Donate” button below, you can make a small donation to the #3DayTweeps for the Breast Cancer 3 Day.

The donated money will be split evenly among the following #3DayTweeps who are helping me with this fundraiser:

Julie Brock (@JulieWalks) – Walking Chicago, crewing Atlanta
Bernadette Massey (@kiss316) – Walking Dallas
Anne Marie DeSimone (@amdesimone) – Crewing Atlanta
Laura Davis (@LDavis1800) – Crewing Chicago
Lyle Deckowitz (@lyledeck) – Crewing Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, AND San Diego
Cheryl Pochapin (@6puma) – Crewing Chicago, walking Michigan
Nicole Anderson (@nhanderson) – Crewing Chicago AND San Diego
Alison Glancz (@glancz) – Crewing Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, AND Arizona
Val Daniels (@sbux27) – Walking Chicago, crewing Atlanta

For this fundraiser, we are asking for a minimum donation of $10 per entry to be considered eligible for our cash prize. Feel free to enter as many teams as you would like. The prize amount will be equal to half the amount of money collected for this contest. If either myself or any of the #3DayTweeps listed above happens to win, the full value of the money collected for the contest will be donated to the participating tweeps.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, July 27th at NOON. Don’t hesitate – enter now! I will post a link to the “official” league website that my truly great friend JT is setting up for us once it is up and running. Periodic results updates will posted both on the league website and on this blog every 2-3 days during the Olympics and the final winner will be notified on August 13th. The final results will be posted here shortly thereafter. In the event of a tie, a name will be drawn out of a hat to determine the winner of the cash prize.

For more information about the Breast Cancer 3 Day, please visit the official website atwww.the3day.org. All of the latest news and information about the London Summer Olympics, including the previous medal totals for each country, can be found at http://www.london2012.com/ or http://www.nbcolympics.com/.

Thanks for playing Fantasy Olympics with us!  This should be a really fun fundraiser so please pass along the information to anyone that you think might be interested in joining our league.  The more entries we get, the larger the cash prize we can offer and more importantly, the more money we can raise for a wonderful cause!

Images are courtesy of http://www.london2012.com/ and (c) LOCOG

Neither myself, this fantasy league, or the #3DayTweeps are in any way officially associated with the London Olympics games. Please don’t sue me!

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3 Responses to “Fantasy Summer Olympics League – A #3DayTweeps fundraiser!”

  1. Kristen says:

    Just a note of clarification:

    No, you’re not crazy. The US is not available to be added to your Fantasy team of countries. When I ranked the countries, the US was a heavy favorite in the total medal count. So to avoid giving them too much weight (and to avoid splitting the league results along pro-US/anti-US lines), I decided not to include them. This way, everyone gets to root for Team USA!

    ~ Kristen

  2. Mona M. Fetta says:

    Kristen,

    Awesome idea!!!! I am walking in Atlanta and would love to use your idea to raise money around my office. Would you mind sharing more on how to set this up for myself?

    Thanks,
    Mona

    • kscincotta says:

      Hi Mona!

      You are more than welcome to use my model for how this works. I set up a Survey Monkey survey to help people select their teams and I am using Paypal to collect donations. If you want to do this in your office, you could easily print out the Survey Monkey pages and have people select their teams by hand and then collect donations in cash. We are going to have a results website that will be updated once a day with the current standings using the scoring algorithm in the post above (basically color of medal won x tier of the country that won it).

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

      ~ Kristen

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