Forget the Activity Calendar . . . ACT NOW!

NCAA BasketballOne of the most publicized CURRENT EVENTS that involves millions of people in the workplace every year IS HAPPENING NOW→  the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  What are you doing to involve your residents in the excitement that permeates our entire society – aka “March Madness”?

  • There are 68 schools in the Tournament.
  • The schools represent 32 stat2014 March Madnesses plus the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) {65% of states}.
  • Two-thirds of these States have more than one school in the tournament.
  • One-third have 3 or more schools participating.
  • 4 states:  California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas have 4 schools included.

Can you identify a participating school from your state and generate interest and support from your resident population for that school(s)?  For multi-school states, you’ve got a perfect opportunity to create some friendly competition within your community to produce an additional level of excitement.

  • Set up your own March Madness Tournament as indicated in my prior blog articles: https://progressiveretirement.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/march-madness/
  • Contact me directly to discuss ways in which you might turn this into a Marketing Event.
  • Have a fundraiser by letting residents, employees and visitors deposit coins (pennies, dimes or quarters – depending upon your resident population) into different jars based upon the team that they expect to go the farthest in the tournament.  Donate the proceeds to a designated charity!

An interesting feature is that the tournament often features a school from a “smaller” conference, so that a State such as Georgia is represented by Mercer University from Macon, GA this year while the more well-known University of Georgia (SEC) and Georgia Tech (ACC) squads were not selected.2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament

  • Here is an opportunity for a “life-long learning” session to educate your residents about the history, culture and achievements of one of these smaller schools in your state.  Contact a local alumni association and/or the college or university Alumni office to find a potential speaker.
  • Stimulate conversation about why different schools in your area were selected over other more recognized schools.  For example:
    • TEXAS:  Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern selected;  SMU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU not selected.
    • LOUISIANA:  Louisiana-Lafayette “in”; LSU “out”.
    • MARYLAND:  Mount St. Mary’s in the tournament; Maryland is not.
    • SOUTH CAROLINA:  Wofford and Coastal Carolina “in”; Clemson & South Carolina “out”.
    • Ohio should have great competition with Dayton playing Ohio State in a first round game and both Cincinnati and Xavier in “the Big Dance”.

Survey your residents (and prospects) to determine connections to the tournament participants:

  • Score a “hit” if you have anyone who graduated, attended or was married to someone from any of the schools in the tournament.
  • Make it a “home run” if they played basketball in college.
  • Call it a “grand slam” if you happen to be lucky enough to have someone who actually played in the NCAA tournament.
    • TRIVIA:  The tournament was organized in 1939 with the Oregon Ducks beating Ohio State to win the first championship.
    • UCLA leads all schools with 11 National Championships!

One of the nice things about this tournament is the number of games that are played and broadcast during the middle of the day.

  • Decorate your “TV rooms” with the big screen TVs with the local school colors.
  • Have a special meal appropriate to your region and school or that might be found at a tournament site (e.g. hot dogs & fries).  Serve popcorn during the game.
  • Show your Colors:  give prizes for best dressed in team colors, mascot look-a-likes, etc.
  • Show the movie “Hoosiers” (one of the Top Ten Sports movies of all-time) to stimulate excitement.  SORRY, INDIANA, NOTRE DAME and other Indiana colleges and universities – no one made “the show” this year!

Set up your own “bracketology” and let the residents project the winners.  I recommend that residents be given a gift/prize for participation and then for each correct projection.  PLEASE CONSULT WITH ME TO LEARN INNOVATIVE WAYS TO RECOGNIZE AND REWARD RESIDENTS.  NCAA-Tournament-Printable-Bracket-2014

  • Instead of predicting the entire “bracket”, it probably makes more sense for your residents to handle each round as a program unto itself.  There are 36 games this coming week and that is more than enough challenge for the residents.  Your objective should be to have as many continuing participants as possible over the next few weeks.   Therefore, you want as many “winners” as possible and no eliminations from the early rounds to keep them motivated to continue their participation.
  • As an alternative, you might get a panel of residents to predict a particular bracket and then challenge a panel from the staff to see who would get the most victories.   Potentially, this could involve a number of participants with 4 teams from both the residents and staff.
  • Another option is to get a Staff Prognosticator who will post their bracket (or bracket for each round) and then allow the residents to bet for or against the Prognosticator’s projection for each game.  In most cases, these would be penny or nickel bets.  Any “net” winnings by the prognosticator would be donated to charity (and/or activity supplies/equipment for the residents).

REMEMBER:  You are only limited by your imagination!

NCAA March Madness

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  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Retirement Lifestyles and commented:

    Don’t be “locked in” by the Activities Calendar you created last month. There is time to be innovative and do something that helps your residents stay attuned with positive things that are going on in the “outside world”.

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  2. […] South Dakota and West Virginia) that were not included in the Men’s NCAA tournament.  {See “Forget the Activity Calendar. . . ACT NOW!” for suggestions about utilizing the NCAA tournament as the basis for an enriching resident […]

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