2017 U.S. CELLULAR® MOST VALUABLE COACH FAN VOTE CONTEST
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN A PRIZE. Making a purchase will not increase the chances of any eligible person or school winning a prize.
The Contest is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”), Instagram, Inc. (“Instagram”), Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”), or Snap Inc. (“Snapchat”). Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are not affiliated with Sponsor in any way.
For purposes hereof: (a) a “Nominator” is a participant who submits a nomination in the Contest (an “Entry”); (b) a “Voter” is a participant who submits a vote in the Contest; (c) a “Nominee” is a participant who is nominated by a Nominator in the Contest; (d) the “Website” is www.TheMostValuableCoach.com; (e) an “Eligible State” means CA, IL, IN, IA, KS, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NE, NH, NC, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI and WV; and (f) an “Eligible Zip Code” means a zip code within U.S. Cellular’s licensed markets and included on the applicable list on the Website.
The Contest is intended to recognize the best head and assistant high school athletic coaches within U.S. Cellular’s licensed markets.
ELIGIBILITY: A Nominator and a Voter in the 2017 U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach Fan Vote Contest (the “Contest”) sponsored by USCC Services, LLC (“U.S. Cellular” or “Sponsor”), must be: (a) a legal resident of one of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia; and (b) thirteen (13) years of age or older. If a Nominator or Voter is deemed a minor in the jurisdiction in which he/she resides (a “Minor”), he/she must have the permission of his/her parent or legal guardian to participate in the Contest. Sponsor or Administrator may request proof of such permission from any Nominator or Voter at any time and in any manner it deems necessary. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Please note: The two (2) coaches who won Grand Prizes in the 2016 “Most Valuable Coach” Contest are NOT eligible toparticipate in this Contest as a Nominee.
Only an eligible Nominee may be nominated for the Contest. To be eligible, a Nominee must be an active head or assistant high school athletics coach (on a full-time basis) who is: (a) a legal resident of the United States; (b) eighteen (18) years of age or older (nineteen (19) or older if a resident of Nebraska or Alabama); and (c) employed at a high school located within an Eligible Zip Code in an Eligible State from the start date of the Nomination Period through the date on which the winner is announced.
A Nominator may submit an Entry on behalf of himself/herself as Nominee if eligible in accordance with the above requirements. By submitting an Entry in the Contest, a Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) acknowledges that his/her Entry is made for the benefit of the Nominee named on his/her Entry, and that only the Nominee and his/her related school may be eligible to win a prize in the Contest. For the avoidance of doubt, a Nominator is not eligible to win a prize in the Contest unless nominating him/herself.
The following are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest as a Nominator, Nominee, or Voter: employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, Intersport, Inc. (“Administrator”), Mullen Communications, Inc. (“MullenLowe”), Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (“Samsung”), ESPN, Inc. (“ESPN”), each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, parent companies, advertising, promotional or any other agencies or entities involved in the design, execution, or fulfillment of the Contest, and members of the immediate families (including spouse, biological, adoptive or step-parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, or spouse of any of the foregoing, regardless of where they reside), or households (whether related or not) of any of the foregoing.
The Contest is void outside the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia and where prohibited by law. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. By participating in the Contest, each Nominator, Nominee, and Voter (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Administrator, which shall be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest including, but not limited to, the number of votes received in the voting process described herein.
Entries may be submitted in the Contest beginning on August 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Central Time (“CT”), and ending on September 11, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. CT (the “Nomination Period”).
Public Voting to select the “Final 15 Coaches” from among the “Top 50 Coaches” (who were determined through the process described below) starts on September 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) CT, and ends on October 9, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. CT (the “Final 15 Voting Period”).
Public Voting to help determine the Grand Prize winner from among the “Final 15 Coaches” (who were determined through the process described below) starts on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) CT, and ends on November 14, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. CT (the “Grand Prize Voting Period”).
Judging, which is used along with the public voting to determine the Grand Prize winner of the Contest (the “Winner”) from among the “Final 15 Coaches,” starts on November 15, 2017, and ends on November 17, 2017 (the “Grand Prize Judging Period”).
Each of the above voting and judging periods is described in detail below.
Status as a U.S. Cellular customer is not required to participate in the Contest and will not confer any preference or benefit with respect to the Contest.
Along with the above information, a Nominator must create an original essay, written in English only, in which the following question is answered: Tell us what makes the coach you’re nominating the “Most Valuable Coach.” How does he/she go above and beyond for you, for his/her community, and for his/her team? Essay may not exceed 2,000 characters.
Entries must be submitted online at the Website only, and must be received by 11:59 a.m. CT on September 11, 2017. No other method of entry will be accepted or acknowledged. Entries must include all required information or they will be disqualified. The submitted essay must comply with all requirements and restrictions set forth herein, including but not limited to the character limit; failure to comply will result in disqualification of the Entry to which the essay relates. Proof of submission of an Entry does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor or Administrator.
Limit one (1) Entry per Nominator during the Nomination Period. Nominees may be nominated more than once, provided each Entry is submitted by a different Nominator. All Entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned except as provided herein.
By submitting an Entry, Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) represents and warrants, and agrees to provide supporting documentation, if required, that Nominator has Nominee’s permission to submit an Entry containing Nominee’s identity and all related personal information.
ESSAY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS: By submitting an Entry, Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) hereby warrants and represents as follows with respect to his/her essay: (a) the essay conforms to all essay requirements and restrictions set forth herein; (b) the essay is Nominator’s original creation, it being agreed that modifying, enhancing, or altering a third party’s preexisting work does not qualify as a Nominator’s original creation; (c) the essay was written solely by Nominator; (d) the essay has not been previously published or won any awards; (e) the essay does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and (f) publication of the essay, or distillations of the essay, via various media, including web/social media posting, would not infringe on the rights of any third party. Each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) hereby indemnifies and holds harmless Sponsor and Administrator from and against any claims contrary to the above warranties and representations. Additionally, each essay must conform to the following requirements and restrictions:
- essay cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent, derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, or profane or pornographic;
- essay cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, any activities that may be unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message;
- essay cannot be obscene or offensive, or endorse any form of hate or hate group;
- essay cannot defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products or services, or other people, products, services, or companies;
- essay cannot contain trademarks owned by others (except Sponsor’s trademarks to the limited extent allowed hereunder*), or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind except Sponsor’s brand, without permission, or contain any personal identification (other than that of a Nominee as required on the entry form) such as license plate numbers, email addresses, or street addresses;
- essay cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others without permission;
- essay cannot contain materials embodying the names or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission;
- essay cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and
- essay must be suitable for family audiences and for public display and publication, in the sole determination of Sponsor.
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive. If an essay is determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of any of the foregoing requirements and restrictions, or unsuitable for inclusion in the Contest for any reason, the essay and related Entry will be disqualified from the Contest.
*LIMITED LICENSE: SPONSOR’S TRADEMARKS MAY BE USED FOR PURPOSES OF THE CONTEST ONLY. NO OTHER RIGHTS IN OR TO SPONSOR’S TRADEMARKS ARE GRANTED UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
By submitting an Entry, Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) acknowledges that his/her essay may be posted (in whole or in part) on the Website at Sponsor’s discretion. By entering, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) acknowledges that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any submitted essay or portion thereof.
ESSAYS SUBMITTED IN THE CONTEST SHALL NOT BE EDITED BY SPONSOR OR ADMINISTRATOR EXCEPT TO CORRECT SPELLING OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. ESSAYS EXPRESS THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS OF THE NOMINATORS ONLY, AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OR OPINIONS OF SPONSOR OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST.
DETERMINATION OF “TOP 50 COACHES”: During the Top 50 Judging Period, a qualified panel of judges selected by Sponsor and Administrator (the “Screening Judges”) will review and evaluate the essays contained in all eligible Entries received during the Nomination Period. The Screening Judges will evaluate the essays on the basis of the following criteria:
- Nominee’s community impact (25%);
- Nominee’s school impact (25%);
- Nominee’s leadership impact (25%); and
- Nominee’s representation of Sponsor’s licensed markets (25%).
Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the Nominees named in the fifty (50) Entries that receive the highest scores from the Screening Judges will be declared the “Top 50 Coaches” and will advance to the “Final 15” voting processes described herein. No prize will be awarded for being named one of the “Top 50 Coaches.” In the event of a tie, tied Entries will be re-judged based 100% on Nominee’s community impact.
All Nominees will be judged equally on the basis of the stated judging criteria, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, disability, familial status, or any other protected class.
The “Top 50 Coaches” and their respective school officials, including, but not limited to, athletics staff and colleagues, and community members selected by Administrator, may be contacted by Administrator for the purpose of answering additional questions related to a Nominee’s leadership qualities and impact on the school and community, and may be asked to provide additional information including verification of the Nominee’s eligibility requirements and good standing in the community (i.e., no history of criminal activity or egregious offenses, as determined by Sponsor and Administrator), and reasonable cooperation in activities related to the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check on the Top 50 Coaches and reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Nominee based on the results of such background check.
If a Nominee is deemed ineligible based on the eligibility requirements of these Official Rules, or if he/she has been convicted of a criminal or otherwise egregious offense which, in the opinion of Sponsor and Administrator, is contrary to the goodwill with which Sponsor wishes to be associated in connection with the Contest, that Nominee will be disqualified. If a Nominee is disqualified for any reason, the Nominee who received the next highest score from the Screening Judges will be declared one of the “Top 50 Coaches”.
DETERMINATION OF “FINAL 15 COACHES”: During the Final 15 Voting Period, the “Top 50 Coaches” and a portion of the essay(s), as selected by Administrator, from which they were originally nominated, together with basic information collected from each of the Nominees and their colleagues and community, will be posted on the Website, with content similarly posted for all Entries. Eligible Voters who wish to vote may register to vote in the Contest by: (a) creating an account (a “Contest Account”) by entering first name, last name, date of birth, email address, zip code, mobile phone number, and a password, answering a question on whether or not they are a current U.S. Cellular customer, and agreeing to abide by these Official Rules; or (b) signing in to an existing Contest Account and agreeing to abide by these Official Rules. Once registered, eligible Voters may vote for one (1) or more of their favorite Nominees from among the “Top 50 Coaches.” A Voter may vote for as many different Nominees as he/she wishes in a single day during the Final 15 Voting Period; however, Voters may not vote more than once per day for any one of the “Top 50 Coaches.”
At the conclusion of the Final 15 Voting Period, all votes will be tallied and the fifteen (15) eligible Nominees who receive the highest number of valid votes will be declared the “Final 15 Coaches.” The “Final 15 Coaches” will advance to the Grand Prize voting and judging processes described herein. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the high school by which each of the “Final 15 Coaches” were employed as of the start date of the Nomination Period will each receive a donation of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) as described in more detail herein. In addition, Sponsor and Administrator will host an event at each such school recognizing its coach for being named one of the “Final 15 Coaches.”
As a condition of a Nominee being named one of the “Final 15 Coaches” and advancing to the Grand Prize voting and judging processes described herein, each of the Nominees and the schools by which they were employed as of the start date of the Nomination Period must agree to provide the following:
- Signed affidavits of eligibility and liability and publicity releases and assignment of rights, to the extent permitted by law, from the Nominee, Nominator and the school;
- At least one (1) photo of the Nominee; and
- An agreement permitting Sponsor, Administrator, and their designees access to the school for an event with a film crew.
If a Nominee is disqualified for any reason, the Nominee who received the next highest vote total will be declared one of the “Final 15 Coaches.” In the event of a tie in either round of voting, Sponsor will determine the Nominee who will be one of the “Final 15 Coaches,” or the Grand Prize winner (as applicable), based on the judging criteria listed above.
DETERMINATION OF THE WINNER: During the Grand Prize Voting Period, the “Final 15 Coaches” and a portion of the essay(s), as selected by Administrator, from which they were originally nominated, together with basic information collected from each of the Nominees and their colleagues and community, along with video content from a live event with each Nominee, with similar content for all Nominees, will be posted on the Website. Eligible Voters who have not previously registered for the Contest and who wish to vote may register to vote in this phase of the Contest by: (a) signing in with an existing Contest Account and agreeing to abide by these Official Rules; or (b) creating a Contest Account and agreeing to abide by these Official Rules. Eligible Voters may vote for one (1) or more of their favorite Nominees from among the “Final 15 Coaches.” A Voter may vote for as many different “Final 15 Coaches” as he/she wishes in a single day during the Grand Prize Voting Period; however, Voters may not vote more than once per day for any one of the “Final 15 Coaches.” At the conclusion of the Grand Prize Voting Period, all votes will be tallied, and the total vote count for each Nominee shall comprise twenty percent (20%) of the final score for each of the “Final 15 Coaches” to determine the Winner, as further described below.
During the Grand Prize Judging Period, a qualified panel of program judges selected by Sponsor and Administrator (the “Program Judges”) will review and evaluate the essays, biographical information, and video content featuring each of the “Final 15 Coaches,” with similar content provided for all “Final 15 Coaches.” The Program Judges will evaluate the materials and judge on the basis of the following criteria:
- Nominee’s community impact (20%);
- Nominee’s school impact (20%);
- Nominee’s leadership impact (20%);
- Nominee’s proposed plans regarding distribution of the Grand Prize (20%); and
- Nominee’s votes from the Grand Prize Voting Period (20%).
At the conclusion of the Grand Prize Judging Period, the determinations of the Program Judges will be tallied by Sponsor and Administrator to comprise a final score for each of the “Final 15 Coaches.” The “Final 15 Coach” who receives the highest such score will be the Winner subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Winner will be announced on or about November 20, 2017.
The Winner may be asked to sign and return, via email, an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, to the extent permitted by law, as a condition of winning or he/she may be disqualified and his/her prize may be forfeited. If the Winner is disqualified for any reason, his/her prize may be awarded to the Nominee who received the next-highest final score.
The following paragraphs are applicable to each of the Voting Periods:
Any attempt to use multiple email addresses, different IP addresses, robotic or automatic devices, third-party services, incentives, bribes, vote-swapping sites, redirect links, disguised or fraudulent links, or other tactics to place more than one (1) vote per Nominee per day will result in disqualification of the responsible Voter from participation in the Contest, and all associated votes will be void. If it is determined that a Nominee was acting in collusion with such disqualified Voter, that Nominee will be disqualified and he/she and his/her school will be ineligible to receive a prize in the Contest.
Votes that result from a technical error or malfunction of any kind including, but not limited to, malfunction of servers or internet connections, will be void. Voters shall follow all on-screen prompts and instructions to place a vote.
Any Voter who disparages any Nominee or his/her related high school in social media or elsewhere, as determined by Sponsor or Administrator in their sole discretion, will be disqualified from participation in the Contest.
Votes made through a mobile device may incur standard related charges based on the Voter’s service plan with his/her carrier. All such charges are the sole responsibility of the Voter. Voters are advised to consult their service plans and provider agreements prior to voting via a mobile device.PRIZES:
FINAL 15 DONATION: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the high school by which each of the “Final 15 Coaches” were employed as of the start date of the Nomination Period will each receive a donation of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) from Sponsor (the “Final 15 Donation”). Each school is responsible for any tax consequences related to acceptance of the Final 15 Donation. The Final 15 Donation must be accepted by an authorized representative of the school, who may be required to sign and return a donation acceptance form with their taxpayer identification number included, and an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, to the extent permitted by law, as a condition of receiving the Final 15 Donation.
GRAND PRIZE DONATION: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the Winner may choose the charitable organization (or their own athletic department at their school) to be the recipient of a donation of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) from Sponsor (the “Grand Prize Donation”), provided that such decision by the Winner is subject to the review and approval of Sponsor. The school or charitable organization is responsible for any tax consequences related to acceptance of the Grand Prize Donation. The Grand Prize Donation must be accepted by an authorized representative of the school or charitable organization, who may be required to sign and return a donation acceptance form with their taxpayer identification number included, and an affidavit of eligibility and liability and publicity release, to the extent permitted by law, as a condition of receiving the Grand Prize Donation. Sponsor will make the final decision as to who will receive the Grand Prize Donation.
GRAND PRIZE TRIP PACKAGE: Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the Winner will receive a trip for him/her and one (1) guest to Orlando, Florida from approximately January 2, 2018 to January 5, 2018, during which the Winner will be honored at the Under Armour All-America Game (the “All-America Game”). The Winner may also be included in an in-game video feature in the ESPN broadcast of the All-America Game; inclusion is not guaranteed. The trip will include roundtrip, coach class air transportation from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest to the Winner’s residence (as determined by Administrator and Sponsor) to Orlando, Florida; three (3) nights’ standard hotel accommodations (room rate and tax for one room, double occupancy with guest); necessary ground transportation in Orlando, Florida (as determined by Administrator and Sponsor); two (2) theme park passes good for select days of the trip dates; spending money for the winner in the amount of three hundred Dollars ($300.00); and a gift bag of Under Armour gear of Administrator’s choice. If the Winner resides within a one hundred (100)-mile radius of Orlando, Florida, ground transportation will be provided in lieu of air transportation and no compensation will be provided for the difference in value. The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500).
All details of the in-game video feature are in Sponsor’s sole discretion and Winner agrees to participate if requested to do so by Sponsor. Telephone calls, meals, gratuities, incidental hotel expenses, personal expenses, souvenirs, additional ground transportation, and all other expenses not specified herein as being included in the trip prize are the responsibility solely of the Winner. Administrator and Sponsor reserve the right to structure travel destinations, routes, and hotel selection at their sole discretion. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and those set forth by the Administrator’s and Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract. Upon receipt and verification of the eligibility of the Winner, the Winner will be notified via phone or email regarding the specific travel details of his/her prize. The Winner and guest must travel together on same itinerary. The guest of the Winner must be at least the age of majority in the guest’s state of residence, subject to the following limitation only: a guest may be a Minor if the guest is the child or legal ward of the Winner. The guest will be required to sign and return a liability and publicity release prior to ticketing of travel as a condition of accompanying the Winner on the prize trip. If the guest is a permissible Minor in accordance with these Official Rules, the liability and publicity release must be signed and returned by the Winner. If the Winner chooses to travel without a guest, no compensation will be awarded in lieu thereof. Once a travel guest is selected, he/she may not be substituted, except in Administrator’s and Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
The ARV of all prizes awarded in the Contest is One Hundred Twenty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($127,500). Actual value of the Grand Prize may vary based on point of departure and airfare fluctuations. Any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value of the prize will not be awarded.
All federal, state and local income taxes on the prizes are the responsibility of each recipient. Each recipient will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize received. Recipients are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting their respective prizes.
The Winner and his/her guest must obtain all necessary identification and travel documents required for travel. The Winner must be available to travel on the trip dates selected by Administrator and Sponsor, and the Winner must participate as requested in the All-America Game, or he/she will be disqualified and his/her prize may be forfeited in its entirety. Travel reservations for the Winner and guest must be made through Administrator. Neither Administrator nor Sponsor shall be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions, or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels, or any other persons providing any prize-related services or accommodations. Lost, mutilated, or stolen airline tickets or tickets to the All-America Game will not be replaced. Prizes cannot be transferred, assigned, redeemed for cash, sold, offered at auction, or substituted, except at Sponsor’s and Administrator’s sole discretion or as provided herein. Sponsor and Administrator may substitute a prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value if a prize or portion thereof becomes unavailable for any reason.
RELEASE: Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission to use the recipient’s name, biographical information, city and state, voice, statements, video feature and likeness in commerce and in all media worldwide, including but not limited to social media, for advertising, publicity, and trade purposes without additional compensation, notice, or approval and, the recipient (and his/her guest, with respect to the Grand Prize) disclaim any ownership rights of such advertising, publicity, and trade material, except where prohibited by law.
By acceptance of a prize or by submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) and Nominee represent that he/she has complied with all of these Official Rules and agree to release Sponsor, Administrator, Samsung, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,Snapchat,and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising or promotion agencies,and the directors, officers, employees and agents of each of the foregoing (collectively,the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims and liability for any injuries, including but not limited to personal injury, death, loss,damage, or expenseof any kind arising from or in connection with participation in the Contestor the acceptance, possession, use,or misuse of a prize or participation in prize-related activities, if applicable (including any travel related thereto)or claims based on right of publicity, right of privacy,or defamation.Each prize recipientacknowledgesthat the ReleasedParties have not made,nor are in any manner responsible or liable for,any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize or portion thereof, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition,or fitness for a particular purpose.
RIGHTS GRANTED: By submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) irrevocably and forever grants and assigns to Sponsor all worldwide rights, title, and interest in and to his/her Entry and all works derived from it including, but not limited to, all intellectual property rights and agrees that Sponsor and Administrator and their respective licensees may reproduce, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit, have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote an Entry or portions of an Entry (as such may be edited and modified by Sponsor or Administrator in their sole discretion) for editorial, commercial, promotional, and all other purposes including, without limitation, posting on Sponsor-affiliated websites, social and digital media sites, and/or other Sponsor-selected media, without any kind of payment or royalty to the Nominator. Each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) expressly waives all rights to review or approve any use that Sponsor or Administrator make of his/her Entry in accordance with these Official Rules. By submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) further agrees to waive all rights of attribution if his/her Entry is used by Sponsor or anyone Sponsor authorizes, and to waive any moral rights in and to his/her Entry.
By submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) agrees that his/her Entry is gratuitous, unsolicited, and without restriction, and will not place Sponsor or Administrator under any obligations other than those contained in these Official Rules, and that Sponsor is free to disclose the ideas contained in an Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas therein without any compensation to the Nominator. Each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) further acknowledges that Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than the Nominator. Each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) further acknowledges that he/she will not instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action or lawsuit against Sponsor or Administrator on the basis that any use of his/her Entry infringes any of his/her rights as creator of such Entry.
By submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) understands and acknowledges that he/she will not now or in the future be paid or compensated in any way for an Entry or for granting Sponsor or Administrator any of the rights set out in these Official Rules, provided, however, that in the event a Nominator’s image is used in a television commercial subject to the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract, the Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) agrees to sign and be bound by the terms and conditions of such standard contract and to be paid the minimum applicable compensation set by the collective bargaining entity. Each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) further acknowledges that neither Sponsor nor Administrator is obligated to make use of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules.
By submitting an Entry, each Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) represents that his/her Entry conforms to the requirements and restrictions set forth in these Official Rules, and agrees that Sponsor and Administrator, in their sole discretion, may remove an Entry and disqualify an Entry and Nominator from the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that an Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way. If the Nominee named in the disqualified Entry is not nominated in the Contest by any person other than the disqualified Nominator, then that Nominee will also be disqualified from the Contest.
Sponsor and Administrator may, at any time, require any Nominator (or his/her parent or legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) to execute documents to confirm the grant of rights hereunder and failure to do so may result in disqualification.
MISCELLANEOUS: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (a) electronic transmissions, Entries, or votes that are lost, late, stolen, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, destroyed, misdirected, or not received by Sponsor or Administrator for any reason; (b) any problems or technical malfunctions, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, communication failures or human error that may occur in the transmission, receipt or processing of Entries or votes, or for deletion, theft or destruction of, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries or votes; (c) failed or unavailable hardware, network, or software; (d) causes beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control that jeopardize the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest; (e) any Entries or votes submitted in a manner that is not expressly allowed under these Official Rules; all such Entries and votes will be disqualified; (f) incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Nominees, Nominators, or Voters, tampering, hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (g) any typographical or other error in any printing or advertising relating to the Contest, in the administration or execution of the Contest, in the tabulation of votes or in the announcement of the “Top 50 Coaches,” the “Final 15 Coaches,” recipients of the prize donations, or the Winner; (h) cheating or fraud by any Nominee, Nominator, or Voter; or (i) damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. All incomplete or non-conforming Entries and votes will be disqualified.
If, for any reason, the Contest cannot be executed as planned for reasons including, but not limited to, any printing, administrative, human or other error of any kind, transmission failure, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the security, administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, or if the Contest is compromised or becomes corrupted in any way, electronically or otherwise, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, to determine the potential Winner from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to the date and time of termination using the judging procedure and criteria outlined above with respect to the Program Judges; no other prizes will be awarded.
Administrator and Sponsor reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the entry or voting process or the operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any laws, or to be attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, misappropriation, infringement, or any other unfair playing practices, poor sportsmanship, or to be acting with the intention of annoying, abusing, threatening, or harassing any Nominee, Nominator, Voter, Sponsor, Administrator, or their respective schools and representatives.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, ADMINISTRATOR AND SPONSOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY AND SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND SEEKING CIVIL REDRESS.
DISPUTES; VENUE; GOVERNING LAW: By participating, each Nominator, Nominee, and Voter (and parent or legal guardian for any Minor) agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal, state, or local court located in Cook County, Illinois; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including but not limited to costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) to the extent allowed by applicable law, under no circumstances will a Nominator, Nominee, or Voter be permitted to obtain awards for, and each Nominator, Nominee, and Voter hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and/or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO PORTIONS OF THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, Nominators’, Nominees’, and Voters’ rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Administrator and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Illinois or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Illinois.
In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials or made by Administrator’s or Sponsor’s representatives, and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern, and control.
SEVERABILITY: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
WINNER INFORMATION: The Winner’s name will be posted on www.TheMostValuableCoach.com after the Winner has been verified and the prize has been awarded. To request the Winner’s name by mail, send a self-addressed, stamped (#10) envelope to Intersport, Inc., Attn: 2017 Most Valuable Coach Winner List, 20 West Kinzie St., Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60654. Requests must be received no later than January 15, 2018.
ADMINISTRATOR: The Contest is administered by Intersport, Inc., 20 W. Kinzie, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60654.
SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored solely by U.S. Cellular, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 700, Chicago, Illinois 60631.
Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to Sponsor or Administrator only, and NOT to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat.
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Eligible Zip Codes
Coaches must be from schools within U.S. Cellular®'s coverage area. Use the table of zip codes below to check whether your coach's school qualifies.