Education Hero Contest (the "Contest")
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPACT YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND PARTICIPANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.
The object of the Contest is to submit an original essay (the “Submission”) nominating an education professional, teacher, administrator, or volunteer (each, a “Nominee”) to be selected and recognized as an “Education Hero” and describing how the Nominee has gone above and beyond to advance social equity and support children in his/her career as an educator. Self-nominations will be accepted. Staff members of Sponsor’s Community Relations department (the “Judges”) will review all Submissions and select the twelve (12) most compelling Submissions to determine the winners (i.e. one (1) winner to be recognized each month from January through December of 2021) based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below and in accordance with these Official Rules.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin who are eighteen (18) years of age (except in the case of residents of jurisdictions where the legal age of majority is greater than eighteen (18) years, such legal age of majority) or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household (whether or not related) of Minnesota Twins, LLC (“Sponsor”), the other MLB Entities and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any other entity associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate or win a prize. “MLB Entities” means the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, the Major League Baseball Clubs (“Clubs”), MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (“MLB”), Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., The MLB Network, LLC, each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated, and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by or is under common control with the Clubs or the BOC, and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, and agents of the foregoing entities. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, territory, and local laws, rules, and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule, or regulation. Both Participants (as defined below) and Nominees must satisfy the eligibility requirements set forth in this paragraph.
ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest entry period begins on December 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on November 30, 2021 at 5:59:59 PM ET (the “Entry Period”). There is no limit on the number of entries per person/email address (except in the case of self-nominations, limit one (1) entry per person/email address); provided, however, no person/email address may nominate the same Nominee more than once. Additional entries beyond the specified limit for one Nominee will be void.
Participants who do not indicate their agreement to these Official Rules will not have their Submissions reviewed. Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements, the Content Restrictions, or otherwise with these Official Rules will be void, eliminated, and not eligible for consideration. Online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software, and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Submission.
Submission Requirements: You must submit your Submission as directed during the Contest entry process. By submitting a Submission, each Participant represents and warrants that his/her Submission is an original work of authorship and that, as of the date of submission, he/she owns all right, title, and interest in the Submission or has all necessary rights in the Submission in order to submit it in accordance with these Official Rules. Sponsor will not accept Submissions that exceed 1,000 words. Submissions must be in the English language. In addition to the foregoing, each Participant represents and warrants that he/she has obtained the permission of the Nominee nominated in the Submission, and that the Nominee is a legal resident of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin and is of the legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction at the time of submission. Participants may be required to provide written consent of the applicable Nominee to Sponsor.
JUDGING: On or about the 12th day of each of the months of January through December of calendar year 2021 (the “Judging Date(s)”), the Judges will judge all eligible Submissions received through the applicable Judging Date (excluding any Submissions which have already been selected as a winner) based on the following criteria: the extent and duration of the Nominee’s contribution to advancing education (40%), social equity (30%), and support for children (30%). The most compelling Submission as determined by the Judges in their sole discretion will be deemed the winning Submission for the applicable month and, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the eligible Participant who submitted the winning Submission will be declared an official winner of the Contest. In the event of a tie, the score for advancing education will be used as the tiebreaker. All non-winning eligible entries will automatically carry-over to, and remain eligible for, subsequent Judging Dates, if any.
PRIZE: Twelve (12) Prizes To Be Awarded (i.e. one  per month from January through December 2021). Each Nominee nominated in a winning Submission (or, in the case of self-nominations, the Participant) will receive a Twins Swag Bag containing an assortment of Minnesota Twins paraphernalia and the opportunity to be featured in posts on Minnesota Twins’ social media pages. Paraphernalia items to be determined by Sponsor at its sole discretion. (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for each Twins Swag Bag: $200; Total ARV of all Twins Swag Bags: $2,400.) Except for self-nominations, each Participant who submits a winning Submission will receive a Twins Prize Pack. Twins Prize Pack items to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. (ARV for each Twins Prize Pack: $25; Total ARV of all Twins Prize Packs: $300).
PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use which are not specifically included in the prize description above, including but not limited to transportation, lodging, meals, gratuities, insurance, and other expenses, are the sole responsibility of the winner. The prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize (or any portion thereof) with a prize of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion
CONSENT, LICENSE, AND RELEASE: In exchange for the opportunity to participate in this Contest, and the possible use of Participant’s Submission and/or possible appearance of Participant in an audio, visual, and/or multimedia production, the receipt of which opportunities shall be sufficient consideration for this Consent, License, and Release, each Participant does hereby:
(1) consent to the collection by Sponsor and MLB (or their designees) of his/her personal information, including without limitation name, date of birth, address, telephone number(s), and email address(es) (the “Personal Information”) in connection with the Submission;
(2) grant to Sponsor, MLB, and each of their respective designees the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, edit, modify, duplicate, and/or create derivative works from his/her Submission throughout the world via any media now known or hereafter developed, without limitation and without notice or payment of any compensation to the Participant or his/her heirs and successors, except where prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor and MLB to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, and otherwise use and exploit the Submission via the Internet or any other interactive media, in stadium, on television, and in print (i) on its own or as part of any audiovisual or other production; (ii) to advertise any products, programming, or services of the MLB Entities or for any other advertising, marketing, publicity, and promotional purposes; and (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever;
(3) agree that the foregoing license includes without limitation the right (i) to use his/her name (and any other Personal Information that may be incorporated into the Submission), likeness, image, voice, statements, appearance, and performance as embodied in the Submission in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional, and trade purposes in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, worldwide, in perpetuity, without notice and without further consideration or compensation, except where prohibited by law; (ii) to edit, alter, distort, add to, rearrange, and otherwise modify the Submission and use the Submission in whole or in part or in combination with other materials; and (iii) to assign and/or license others to use the Submission for all of the purposes hereunder;
(4) acknowledge and agree, with respect to the Personal Information, that the MLB Entities shall have the right, subject to applicable law, to (i) incorporate certain of the Personal Information into the Submission and use such Personal Information as incorporated therein; (ii) analyze and use the Personal Information for any and all purposes, including without limitation sending the Participant advertising and promotional materials and for any other advertising, marketing, and promotional purposes; and (iii) to share the Personal Information with third parties for their advertising, marketing, and promotional purposes or for any other purposes;
(5) acknowledge that Participant shall have no right of approval of any use of the Submission and the Personal Information as permitted hereunder;
(6) agree that Participant shall use any copy of the Submission that he/she obtains solely for his/her personal, non-public, non-commercial use; and
(7) indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties (as defined below) from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action, and/or liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in, or preparation for, the Contest, Contest-related activity, Participant’s Submission, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, or use or misuse of the prize (or any portion thereof, including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to, claims of copyright or trademark infringement, false endorsement, libel, slander, defamation, or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy.
Nothing herein will obligate the MLB Entities to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein. In the event that any individual (including the Nominee named in the Submission) appears with the Participant in the Submission but does not submit a separate Consent, License, and Release, the Participant hereby represents and warrants (a) that such individual has authorized Participant to agree to this Consent, License, and Release on his/her behalf (or, with respect to any individual under the legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, that Participant is the parent and/or legal guardian of such individual, with legal authority to act on behalf of such individual) and (b) that Participant agrees to this Consent, License, and Release on behalf of such individual.
CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: Participants must not include any of the following in any Submission: (a) vulgarity, profanity, nudity, or material which is adult-oriented, sexually-explicit, indecent, or inappropriate; (b) materials relating to lotteries or gambling; (c) explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities; (d) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (e) false, libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortious, or slanderous materials; (f) content that denigrates, disparages, or reflects negatively on the MLB Entities, their owners and employees, or the game of baseball; (g) tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs; (h) dangerous stunts or real weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, knives, or projectiles; (i) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (j) any individual under legal age of majority without providing a signed release from his/her parent or legal guardian; (k) audio, visual, and/or multimedia content owned by any third party (e.g., recorded music, pre-produced video, etc.); (l) fictions or misrepresentations about the Nominee and his/her qualifications and contributions; and (m) material that is unlawful or otherwise in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Submission is created, including but not limited to laws relating to rights of privacy or publicity. Any Submission that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.
NOTIFICATION: Each potential winner (and the Nominee named in his/her Submission) will be notified at the email address, postal address, and/or telephone number (as determined by Sponsor) provided at the time of entry (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential winner does not respond to Prize Notification within three (3) days of the date of issuance or declines the prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, the prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner may be chosen based on the judging criteria from among all remaining eligible Submissions received prior to the applicable Judging Date. Each potential winner and the Nominee named in his/her Submission may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and may receive an IRS Form 1099 for any prize valued at $600 or greater. Each potential winner and the Nominee named in his/her Submission may be required to execute, have notarized, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, a Release of Publicity, within five (5) days of the date of issuance. Failure to submit any identification required by Sponsor or to return any required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, or the return of Prize Notification or of the prize (or any portion thereof) as non-deliverable may result in the potential winner’s disqualification and prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential winner to be chosen based on the judging criteria from among all remaining eligible Submissions received prior to the applicable Judging Date.
CONTEST ADMINISTRATION: Sponsor will be responsible for resolving any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. Sponsor's computer will be the official clock of the Contest. All decisions by Sponsor regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.
Sponsor and MLB reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, suspend, extend, or cancel the Contest (or any portion thereof) in the event Sponsor is prevented from executing the Contest as contemplated herein by any event beyond Sponsor’s control, including but not limited to: fire; flood; earthquake; explosion; public health epidemic or crisis; labor dispute or strike; act of God or public enemy; network or equipment failure; riot or civil disturbance; terrorist threat or activity; war (declared or undeclared); court order; or federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation. Sponsor and MLB also reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, suspend, extend, or cancel the Contest (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes or events corrupt administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper operation of the Contest. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify the winner and award the prize by judging all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to the time of cancellation. Sponsor also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRANT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT AND SPONSOR, MLB, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Entries generated by a script, macro, or other mechanical or automated means will be disqualified. In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any potential winner based on email address, the winning entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person to whom the applicable ISP or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the submitted email address for the domain associated with such email address.
ARBITRATION; CLASS ACTION WAIVER: As a condition of entering this Contest, each Participant (on behalf of himself/herself and his/her Nominee) agrees that (a) any and all disputes, claims, controversies, or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Contest or any prizes awarded (each, a "Claim") shall be (i) arbitrated on an individual basis only and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party and (ii) settled by binding arbitration in New York County, New York before a single arbitrator appointed by JAMS in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof; and (b) under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A, applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in that State.
WINNER LIST: For a list of the winners’ names, mail a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to be received no later than ninety (90) days after the last Judging Date to: Education Hero Contest Winner List, c/o Minnesota Twins Marketing, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Minnesota Twins, LLC, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Baseball. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling. All entry data provided via the online entry form is provided to Sponsor and/or MLB. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. Major League Baseball trademarks, service marks and copyrights are proprietary to the MLB Entities. All rights reserved.