LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As we head into the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” tonight, it seems everyone has a case of madness right now. Students and fans, both young and old are cheering on their favorite teams!
What if we all turned some of that attention into doing good deeds, into March Goodness?
Student ambassadors at colleges across the country are picking up the ball and challenging kids, alumni, and fans to participate by doing good deeds for others. Colleges with the most social good points will receive school donations and top individual performers can earn scholarship money. Students are doing everything from feeding the homeless, volunteering, donating blood, buying coffee for the next person in line, thanking friends for their support and thanking people who inspire them. They’re also celebrating International Happiness Day and raising awareness about issues that concern them, like school shootings.
The “competition” is being sponsored by xocial, an online community that supports and inspires the next generation of social responsibility. Even though the tournament has started, you can still get involved. “Our mission is to measure and inspire acts of kindness. We accomplish this by issuing challenges to users in the spirit of Competitive Kindness,” says xocial CEO Colin Duetta.
Xocial is partnering with former NCAA and NBA champion Derek Anderson and his A.O.K. Foundation to add some goodness to a month full of madness. Derek is mentoring 106 kids right now and believes in giving kids a strong voice. “You need to teach kids to deliberately do something nice for someone every day. It can’t be a random act, it needs to become second nature,” said Anderson. “If you can change a kid’s character, you can change a community.”
Right now, the University of Windsor is in first place on the “Goodness” leader board, McMaster University is in second, and Loyola Marymount University is in third.
See just how simple acts can inspire, uplift, and make a difference today. If you want to learn more, just check out www.marchgoodness.net and see how you can get involved.