Jan. 8, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has launched the NCAA 6th Fan contest, an exciting nationwide online competition that will determine which Division I school has the most school pride and supportive fans. Fighting Illini fans can learn all the details at www.ncaa.com/6thfan, including how to win great fan prizes and how to help Illinois be awarded over $100,000 in general scholarship contributions.
#Illini fans can begin voting January 7 at www.ncaa.com/6thFan by casting votes directly, or votes can be submitted through ncaa.com to Facebook and Twitter. Fans also can vote directly on Twitter by Tweeting or Retweeting the #6thFan hashtag along with #ILL.
To make it out of Round 1 in which all 345 Division I schools are competing, Illinois must be among the top 16 schools in the fan voting between January 7 and February 16. If Illinois makes it to the Sweet 16, it will be awarded $10,000 in general scholarship funds - Illinois will have the flexibility to award the dollars to a randomly selected student or to a general scholarship fund.
Once in the 2nd round with other Sweet 16 schools, Fighting Illini fans can compete head-to-head with other schools in a single-elimination bracket format between February 17 and February 23. In the 3rd round, the Elite 8 schools will be matched up head-to-head from February 24 to March 2. If Illinois can survive to the 4th round, it would be among the Final Four schools to compete for fan votes from March 3 to March 9, with the top two schools competing in the 5th round between March 10 to March 16 for the 6th Fan National Championship. The winning school will be announced on Selection Sunday, March 16, and be awarded $100,000 in general scholarship funds.
The contest also includes prizes for individual fans. An iPad Air will be awarded in each of the five rounds to a randomly chosen fan who votes via NCAA.com in that round. In addition, one randomly selected participant who registers and votes on NCAA.com will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men's Final Four in North Texas April 5-7.
"The NCAA recognizes the incredible value that our students and fans bring to the excitement of NCAA Basketball throughout the regular season," said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball, "We know that there are thousands of loyal fans who demonstrate their passion for college basketball on a nightly basis from November through the Final Four, and this contest provides their schools an opportunity to benefit from having the most supportive fans. This contest also gives us another chance to show our fans that the madness of NCAA Basketball is not limited to March." Clark Kellogg, lead studio analyst for CBS Sports and former player in the National Basketball Association, will be the official spokesperson for the 6th Fan campaign, and will participate in media interviews to increase awareness of the program and drive fan voting.