Brackets for Good

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March Madness is only weeks away.

Folks will soon be placing their bets and picking their favorites to win. 
    
But John Barton is more excited for the game happening on his computer, that could potentially help his favorite  nonprofit..
    
“The West Vigo Community Center, even though it’s a gym, it really is a community center,” John Barton said.  

Brackets for good is a national charitable organization that helps nonprofits raise awareness and funds to support their mission. 

It’s set up like the March Madness tournament. 

64 nonprofits from across Indiana are competing.

The organization with the most donations move on to the next round for a chance to win 10 thousand dollars. 

Barton hopes the tournament will help repair the center’s gym floor, plus bring awareness to their cause. 

“It’s really important to look outside your own community and because we come back to the same people in our community,” Barton said. “And we want other people to know what we are actually doing. Bracket for Good allows us to do that.” 

The community center isn’t the only non-profit in the Wabash Valley looking to score. 

“Well it’s not always the first association one would have,” Susan Bailey said. “But we are hoping by participating in Brackets for good, which is our first year, that we can continue with a new audience of sports lovers.” 

 Sheldon Swope Art Museum gives folks the opportunity to see American art for free.
    
No matter how far they go in the bracket, just participating in the event is prize enough. 

” If nothing else we get more awareness and maybe a new audience that didn’t know about the Swope before,” Bailey said. 

The tournament will officially begin on March 2nd. 

But both are already gearing up for the event.
    
And thankfully Wabash Valley residents won’t have to choose between the two.
    
They will not be facing each other in the first round of the tournament.
    
Swope Art Musuem will be paired up against a nonprofit in Evansville. 
    
And the community center will compete against a northeast nonprofit.    

For more information on the bracket click here. 

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