ALUMNI & GIVING

  • Chandler's Challenge
  • Chandler's Challenge

    March 9 & 10, 2020

    2nd Annual Tournament-Style Fundraising Competition

    The Challenge has now finished! Thank you for supporting your favorite Worcester State team, club, or department

    You Can Still Give

    Campus teams went head-to-head to see who could get the most donors per team member to support their cause, with the top teams receiving extra prize money: $1,000 for first place; $500 for second place; and two prizes of $250 for the third-place teams.

    Was your favorite team or fund not participating? You can still contribute to Chandler's Challenge by giving to the Worcester State Fund or your favorite scholarship.

  • Chandler's Challenge: How is the game played?

    Teams are split into two brackets – The Athletic Bracket and The Campus Bracket – and compete within their bracket to see who can get the most donors per team member over the course of four 12-hour rounds. The competition starts at midnight on Monday, March 9, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

    Round One — Monday, March 9 — 12 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.

    Melee Monday!!

    All teams will compete against each other until noon on Monday, March 9. The top eight teams with the best donor scores (the number of total donors to the team divided by the number of team members) in each bracket will advance to round two*.

    Round Two – Monday, March 9 — 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    The eight teams from each bracket advancing to round two will compete head-to-head. Each team will be ranked one through eight by their donor scores and be seeded accordingly.

    • 1st place vs. 8th place
    • 2nd place vs. 7th place
    • 3rd place vs. 6th place
    • 4th place vs. 5th place

    Round Three – Tuesday, March 10 — 12 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.

    Semi-Finals

    The four winning teams from round two will advance to the semi-finals. Two finalists in each bracket will be determined at noon on Tuesday, March 10

    Round Four – Tuesday, March 10 — 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    Finals

    The final two teams in each bracket will battle until midnight on Tuesday to see who will win Chandler’s Challenge and take the grand prize.

    * An earlier competition to name our tournament was won by the team representing Enactus. As a result, Enactus will automatically advance to round two.

  • The Brackets

    Jump to: The Athletics Bracket | The Campus Bracket

    How we calculate the scores

    Scores - the “Donor Scores” displayed in the brackets - are adjusted to create a balance between teams which have many participants and teams which only have a few participants. This is done using the following equation:

    Donor Score = ( # of Donors ÷ Team Size ) × 100

    The Athletics Bracket

    Winner: Baseball

    Melee Monday Round 2 Semi Finals Final
    March 9
    Midnight—Noon
    March 9
    Noon—Midnight
    March 10
    Midnight—Noon
    March 10
    Noon—Midnight
           
      Baseball              
                 
      Cross Country       Baseball            
          Women's Basketball            
      Field Hockey                    
                 
      Football         Baseball          
            Women's Tennis          
      Golf                          
                             
      Men's Basketball       Women's Tennis                  
          Women's Soccer            
      Men's Ice Hockey                    
                 
      Men's Soccer           Baseball  
              Volleyball  
      Men's Track                    
                       
      Softball       Men's Soccer                  
          Women's Volleyball                  
      Women's Basketball                          
                       
      Women's Lacrosse         Women's Volleyball          
            Softball    
      Women's Soccer                    
                       
      Women's Tennis       Softball            
          Cross Country      
      Women's Track              
           
      Women's Volleyball        
           

    The Campus Bracket

    Winner: Student Life Concert Committee

    Melee Monday Round 2 Semi Finals Final
    March 9
    Midnight—Noon
    March 9
    Noon—Midnight
    March 10
    Midnight—Noon
    March 10
    Noon—Midnight
           
                     
                 
      Active Minds       Dance Team            
          Enactus            
      Cheerleading                    
                 
      Criminal Justice         Dance Team          
            Pre-Health Club          
      Dance Team                          
                             
      Education - Kenya trip       Pre-Health Club                  
          Education - Kenya Trip            
      Enactus                    
                 
      Equestrian Team           Pre-Health  
              Concert Committee  
      Friends of Chorale                    
                       
      LGBTQ+ Alliance       Active Minds                  
          Friends of Chorale                  
      Pre-Health Club                          
                       
      Student Government Association         Active Minds          
            Concert Committee    
      Student Life Concert Committee                    
                       
      Student Nursing Association       Student Life Concert Committee            
          Student Nursing Association      
      WSU Christian Fellowship              
           
               
           
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Chandler's Challenge?

    Chandler's Challenge is Worcester State’s annual days of giving. In this exciting two-day bracketed-style event, official student clubs, academic departments and centers, and athletic teams will go head-to-head to see who can get the most donors to support their cause. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes.

    What are the dates?

    Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10.

    What is a “Donor Score”?

    To advance to the next round in the Chandler's Challenge brackets, each team must get a higher Donor Score than their competitors. A Donor Score is the number of donors a team has divided by the number of people on the team times 100.

    Donor Score = ( # of Donors ÷ Team Size ) × 100

    Why are you using a Donor Score?

    We use a Donor Score to allow our smaller sized teams to compete evenly with our larger sized teams.

    Do the Donor Scores reset at the beginning of each round?

    No, the Donor Scores do not reset at the beginning of each round. Each team builds upon their Donor Score as they advance through the standings.

    If my team is knocked out in an early round, can we still fundraise?

    YES! Even if your team is no longer competing in the brackets, you can still raise money until midnight on Tuesday, 3/10. You can also participate in the Power Hours to win some extra prize money for your team.

    What are Power Hours?

    Power Hours are special hours on 3/9 and 3/10 when teams, no matter where they are in the standings, will compete within their bracket to see who can get the highest Donor Score in 60 minutes. Even teams that have been knocked out of the competition can compete, and win, the Power Hours.

    When are the Power Hours?

    The Power Hours are 1–2 p.m., and 7–8 p.m. on Monday, 3/9 and Tuesday, 3/10.

    Can a team win more than one Power Hour?

    Yes, a team can win more than one Power Hour if they get the highest Donor Score within their bracket during each of the assigned hours.

    What are the prizes for winning the competition and Power Hours?

    Generous donors have pledged matching funds to the winning teams of each of the three brackets and Power Hours. One first place winner in each bracket will receive $1,000. One second place winner in each bracket will receive $500. Two third place winners in each bracket will win $250. Each Power Hour winner will receive $250. The team from each bracket that has the most Worcester State alumni donors will win an additional $500.

    When will the winners be announced?

    Winners will be announced at the Chandler's Challenge Days of Giving Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, 3/11. Winners will be published, along with event highlights, in the March Alumni e-newsletter and on the Worcester State University website on 3/31.

    How often will the brackets be updated?

    The brackets will be updated hourly between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. with each teams’ Donor Score. At midnight and noon teams with the highest Donor Score will advance to the next round.

    What if I want to donate to a scholarship or fund that isn’t listed as a team?

    If your favorite scholarship or fund isn’t listed, you can still get in on the fun of Chandler's Challenge! Gifts can be made to the Worcester State Fund or your favorite scholarship at alumni.worcester.edu/ChandlersChallenge2020.

    Can I give by check or cash?

    Yes! Make checks payable to “Worcester State Foundation”. Write in the memo field “Chandler's Challenge” and the team or fund you’d like to support. Cash donations can be made in person at the University Advancement Office located on campus in room 231 of the Administration Building between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Donations received before Friday, 3/6/20 will count towards a team’s Donor Score.

    How do I get a gift receipt for tax purposes?

    Gifts made online, via the team giving forms, will receive an email acknowledgement that includes the tax information. Cash, check, and gifts made online via the alumni website will receive a gift acknowledgement letter with the tax information by mail.

    Is there a snow date?

    No. If inclement weather closes the university on Tuesday or Wednesday, Chandler's Challenge Days of Giving will still go as planned as an online fundraising tournament. There will not be information and donation tables in the Student Center.

    I still have questions.

    Contact Sierra Trudel, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Worcester State University, (email: strudel@worcester.edu, telephone: 508-929-8872)