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HSS Heart of a Giant Sweepstakes

USA FOOTBALL HEART OF A GIANT PRESENTED BY
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY AND NEW YORK GIANTS

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

  1. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut (collectively, the “Tri-State area”) and reside within a 75-mile radius of MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey), at the time of entry. Internet access and uploading capability required to enter. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
  2. PARTICIPATION CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF RULES AND DECISIONS, CONSENT TO USE AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS. By entering the 2016 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants (the "Contest"), each Entrant and Nominee (as defined below) warrants that he or she has read and agrees to abide by all contest rules ("Official Rules") and that he or she is not prohibited from participating in the Contest. Participation in this Contest constitutes participant's full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of USA Football, Inc. (“USA Football”) and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) (collectively, “Sponsors”), their subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents, which are final, binding and non-negotiable in all respects. Each Entrant and Nominee agrees to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsors and each of their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and each of their officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives and advisors from any liability arising from or related to the Contest and/or the receipt or use of any prizes awarded in connection with the Contest, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Further, participant fully and unconditionally releases all claims for consideration, copyright infringement and all other claims of any nature relating to the use of participant's entry, name or likeness.
  3. The Contest is a Regional Contest open to high school football coaches who are legal residents of the Tri-State area that reside within a 75-mile radius of MetLife Stadium located in East Rutherford, New Jersey (each an “Entrant”). Such high school football coaches are eligible to nominate one athlete from their team. All nominees must be between the ages of 14 and 18, enrolled full-time as a high school student at nominating coach’s high school, and enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 for the 2016-2017 school year to be eligible for a Contest prize (each a "Nominee"). Employees, officers, representatives of the Sponsors and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate as Entrants or Nominees. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year. Selection as a Finalist, as defined below, or winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. VOID OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHERE PROHIBITED.

Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, suspend or amend this Contest at any time for any reason without prior notice. Sponsors further reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time without prior notice, in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any participant for any reason, including, but not limited to, violation of these Official Rules or infringement of the rights of a third party. Sponsors are not responsible for any printing or typographical error in any material associated with the Contest.

  1. CONTEST PERIOD. The HSS Heart of a Giant Contest (the “Contest”) will run from 9:00 a.m., E.S.T. on Friday, July 15, 2016 until 5:00 p.m., E. T. on Sunday, December 18, 2016 (“Contest Period”). The submission portion of this Contest will run between 9:00 a.m., E.S.T. on Friday, July 15, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, October 2, 2016 ("Submission Period"). Please see the schedule in Section 6 for each weekly submission, voting, and announcement period.
  2. To nominate an athlete, visit www.usafootball.com/heartofagiant , follow the links and instructions provided to register and nominate your high school football team’s Heart of a Giant “hardest working athlete” (the Nominee). The nomination and all supporting submissions, including without limitation any video, is an “Entry.” Coaches must have permission from parents/legal guardians prior to nominating an athlete.

An Entry must be submitted according to the schedule below to be eligible. Multiple Entries from the high school coach are not permitted; there may only be one Heart of a Giant “hardest working athlete” Nominee per school. Entries generated by script, macro, or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subject the entry process will be void.

NOTE: All times are in E.S.T.

Contest Period

From

To

Contest Component

Weekly Contest Period 1

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 8/31/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 9/1/2016

11:59 p.m. on 9/25/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 9/26/2016

Finalist Announced

Weekly Contest Period 2

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 9/7/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 9/8/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/2/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 10/3/2016

Weekly Finalist Announced

Weekly Contest Period 3

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 9/14/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 9/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/9/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 10/10/2016

Finalist Announced

Weekly Contest Period 4

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 9/21/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 9/22/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/16/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 10/17/2016

Finalist Announced

Weekly Contest Period 5

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 9/28/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 9/29/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/23/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 10/24/2016

Finalist Announced

Weekly Contest Period 6

9:00 a.m. on 7/15/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/5/2016

Submission by high school coaches (Entrants)

5:00 p.m. on 10/6/2016

11:59 p.m. on 10/30/2016

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 10/31/2016

Finalist Announced

 

FINALISTS

12:01 p.m. on 9/26/2016

5:00 p.m. on 10/17/2016


Period 1 Finalist Video Submission

12:01 p.m on 10/3/2016

5:00 p.m. on 10/24/2016


Period 2 Finalist Video Submission

12:01 p.m on 10/10/2016

 

5:00 p.m. on 10/31/2016

Period 3 Finalist Video Submission

12:01 p.m on 10/17/2016

5:00 p.m. on 11/7/2016


Period 4 Finalist Video Submission

12:01 p.m on 10/24/2016

5:00 p.m. on 11/14/2016


Period 5 Finalist Video Submission

 

12:01 p.m on 10/31/2016

5:00 p.m. on 11/21/2016


Period 6 Finalist Video Submission

5:01 p.m. on 11/21/2016

5:00 p.m. on 11/30/2016

Judging Period

X

TBD Date in December, 2016

Grand Prize Winner Announced

 

A Nominee who is chosen as one of ten Weekly Contest Finalists, will be required to submit a valid authorization to use name, likeness and voice (may be executed by the Weekly Contest Finalist’s parent or legal guardian if Finalist is a minor) and consent to be a Nominee in this Contest that acknowledges receipt of these rules.

The six Nominees who are selected as Finalists must also submit a video for consideration for the Grand Prize. Videos must: (1) be original, (2) less than 8 minutes long and edited to highlight the reasons that the player has a “Heart of a Giant,” (3) be in keeping with Sponsors’ image, (4) not have been previously published, won another competition or contest or been used for advertising or promotional purposes, (5) produced in 2016, and (6) not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Parents and legal guardians may enter video(s) on behalf of their minor child.

Sponsors shall own the Entry submitted (including all rights embodied therein). Finalists and any person submitting an Entry or supporting materials understands and acknowledges that Sponsors and their designees may exploit, edit, modify, distribute, publicly display, and create derivative works from the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Sponsors in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. Sponsors reserve the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsors from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof, if requested, may render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any Entry that they determine, in their sole discretion, is offensive or inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules.

Entries may not contain, as determined by the Sponsors, in their sole discretion, any content that:

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; is profane or pornographic; or contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; appears to duplicate any other submitted Entries;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains any infringing uses of trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging) owned by others, without permission. Entries may depict USA Football logos;
  • contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, full personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

By submitting an Entry or any supporting materials, entrant and Nominee each acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant and Finalist each waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

By submitting an Entry or any supporting materials, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry to be posted on Facebook.com, Pinterest.com, Twitter.com, Instragram.com, usafootball.com, hss.edu, or other websites and their associated applications (“apps”). Entrant and Nominee agrees that Sponsors are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. By entering, each participant authorizes Sponsors to use his or her name, likeness, and image in their advertising and promotion. Sponsors do not guarantee the posting of any Entry. Entrants agree that they will not use the Entry for any other purpose, including, without limitation, posting the Entry to any online social networks, without the express consent of Sponsors in each instance. Sponsors do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to remove any posted entry for any reason and at any time.

Proof of mailing or of certification (electronic or otherwise) does not constitute proof of delivery. Only one Entry per participant will be eligible for prizes. By submitting an Entry, participant agrees to abide by these Official Rules. Persons submitting Entries under false pretenses will be disqualified. If for any reason the Internet or email portion of the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, USA Football reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. USA Football has no obligation to notify a participant of his/her disqualification. USA Football is not responsible for any lost, illegible, or misdirected Entries. By entering, each participant authorizes Sponsors to use his or her name, likeness, and image in its advertising and promotion.

  1. DETERMINATION OF FINALISTS (6) AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER (1)

Weekly Contest Nominees (60): Each week of the Contest Period (“Weekly Contest Period”), USA Football will announce 10 eligible “Heart of a Giant” Weekly Contest Nominees based on the subjective criteria of work ethic and character. Prior to announcement, Nominees will be contacted by USA Football and asked to complete an online questionnaire to allow for USA Football to further review the nominated athlete. The questionnaire requires the signature of the Nominee’s parent/guardian consenting to the Nominee’s participation in the Contest and a release to use the Nominee’s name, likeness and image. Questionnaire’s, consents and releases that are not returned by the deadline provided may result in disqualification of the Nominee.

Public Voting Phase: During the Voting Phase, members of the public will be invited to vote for the Weekly Contest Nominees. Each person may vote 1 time per day during the Public Voting Phase. Multiple votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated number will be void. Any attempt by any Weekly Contest Nominee or voter to obtain more than the stated number of votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, by using any automated program, by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, may void those votes for the Weekly Contest Nominee and the Weekly Contest Nominee may be disqualified as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Finalists (6): Subject to each Weekly Contest Nominee’s compliance with these Official Rules, the Weekly Contest Nominee who receives the highest number of valid votes on the Heart of a Giant micro-site (the “Voting System”) during each Weekly Contest Period will be deemed a “Finalist.” In the event of a tie, the Nominee who received the highest score for his/her work ethic and character, as determined by the qualified judges at USA Football in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential Finalist from amongst the tied Nominees. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select alternate Finalists should the voting appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way.

Each Finalist will receive a $1,500 equipment grant for his/her high school football program (the “Finalist Prize”). Entries must be submitted by the dates and times specified in the chart below to be eligible for the applicable Weekly Contest Period.

 

Grand Prize Winner (1): After the selection and announcement of all Finalists on each Weekly Contest Period Winner’s announcement date (finalist announcement), each Finalist (collectively, the “Finalists”) will be required to submit a video for consideration within 21 days of being announced as a finalist for the opportunity to be named the Heart of a Giant award winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”).  The Grand Prize Winner will be determined by USA Football and HSS based on the subjective criteria of video quality and best Entry exemplifying the core criteria for the USA Football Heart of a Giant program. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on a to be determined date in December, 2016 (subject to change). The Grand Prize Winner and his/her high school football head coach will each receive two tickets to attend the NY Giants’ home football game vs. the Detroit Lions on December 18, 2016, where he/she will be recognized as the 2016 Heart of a Giant Award Winner.

  1. PRIZES (7).

Finalist Prize (6): Each Finalist will receive a $1,500 equipment grant for his/her high school football team.

Grand Prize (1): The Grand Prize Winner will receive an additional $3,500 equipment grant for his/her high school football team (the “Grand Prize”). All equipment grants awarded to high schools from USA Football are awarded as a monetary credit with USA Football’s partner, Riddell, and can be used towards the purchase of new football equipment (helmets, shoulder pads, field equipment, blocking shields, dummies, etc.)

The Grand Prize Winner, the grand prize winner’s head football coach, and two guests will also each receive a ticket to attend the NY Giants’ home football game v. the Detroit Lions on December 18, 2016. The total value of the Grand Prize for grand prize winner, two guests and head football coach accommodations for NY Giant’s home football game is $2,000.

General Prize Conditions: Expenses not stated are solely the responsibility of the Finalists and/or the Grand Prize Winner (collectively, “Winning Participants”). No prize may be transferred or substituted by a participant. Sponsors reserve the right to change any actual prize at any time during the Contest. In this event, every effort will be made to provide a prize of like estimated value. Sponsors do not warrant or make any representations in connection with the prize, express or implied. Sponsors will determine all elements of any prize in its sole discretion. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsors. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. All prize details are at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

  1. IDENTIFICATION OF WINNERS. USA Football will contact the Finalists by phone, mail, and/or e-mail within one day of the conclusion of the final Weekly Contest Period. The Finalists must acknowledge the communication within 72 hours. USA Football will then provide the Finalists with an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, an IRS W9 form, and a Liability/Publicity Release. The Finalists will accept the Finalist Prize by signing and returning the Affidavit no later than 72 hours after receipt. No Finalist Prize will be awarded until such documentation is received by USA Football. The Finalists are responsible for any taxes associated with the award of the Finalist Prize. In the event that a Finalist cannot be contacted, USA Football will offer the Finalist Prize to the Entry receiving the next highest amount of votes on the Voting System during the applicable Weekly Contest Period, and he/she will be contacted as set forth above. The Finalist Prize for each Finalist will not be awarded until the completion of the Contest Period. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.

USA Football will contact the Grand Prize Winner by phone, mail, and/or e-mail within one day of the conclusion of the Contest Period. The Grand Prize Winner must acknowledge the communication within 72 hours. USA Football will then provide the Grand Prize Winner with an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, an IRS W9 form, and a Liability/Publicity Release. The Grand Prize Winner will accept the Grand Prize by signing and returning the Affidavit no later than 72 hours after receipt. The Grand Prize will not be awarded until such documentation is received by USA Football. The Grand Prize Winner is responsible for any taxes associated with the award of the Grand Prize. In the event that a potential Grand Prize Winner cannot be contacted, USA Football will offer the Grand Prize to the Finalist receiving the next highest score based on the subjective selection criteria set forth in Section 6, and he/she will be contacted as set forth above. The Grand Prize for the Grand Prize Winner will not be awarded until the completion of the Contest Period. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.

  1. Registration is required to enter the Contest. When you register, Sponsors collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, mailing address, and email address. The information that you provide will be added to Sponsors’ databases. By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsors may send you information or special offers they believe may be of interest to you. Sponsors may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsors sell or rent to third parties for marketing purposes. Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsors use the information you provide, see Sponsors’ privacy policy at http://www2.usafootball.com/pages/privacy_policy. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST.

Sponsors have limited entering this Contest to individuals age 14 and older. However, if an entrant uploads a photo, video, or audio file containing images of children under the age of 13 or voice, or geolocation information sufficient to identify a location, city or town, full name, physical address, online contact information, or other information about a child under the age of 13, the entrant is providing personal information that may be protected under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). Sponsors will use this information solely to administer this Contest as set forth in these Rules, including allowing the public to vote and to notify Contest Finalists and Grand Prize Winner. Sponsors will not sell or rent this information to third parties for marketing purposes.

Parents and legal guardians have the following rights with regard to their child’s personal information:

  • Sponsors do not seek Entries by persons under the age of 14 and therefore, will not require a child under the age of 13 to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the Contest;
  • Sponsors will delete any contact information obtained pursuant to this Contest about a child under the age of 13 following the conclusion of the Contest Period.
  • Parents or guardians may review their Entry to review their child’s personal information and direct Sponsors to delete the information and refuse to allow further collection or use of the child’s information;
  • Parents or guardians may agree to the collection and use of their child’s information, but still not allow disclosure to third parties unless that is part of the service.
  • If a parent or legal guardian desires to exercise their rights, please contact USA Football’s General Counsel at 317.614.7750.
  1. This Contest is sponsored and promoted by USA Football, Inc., 45 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), 535 East 70thStreet, New York, New York 20021.
  2. ODDS. The odds of winning depend on the number of Entries.
  3. MISCELLANEOUS. Everything for this contest is provided as is, without warranty of any kind, express or implied. By entering, participants consent to the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of Indianapolis, Indiana, in all disputes arising out of or related to these rules or these sweepstakes.
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