Horace Mann Tournament Challenge

If you’re one of the lucky schools participating in this year’s challenge, you can click here to see your team assignments.

Follow your teams as they progress through the NCAA tournament, and click here to see the latest bracket with team standings.

Good luck!




Round 1: Each school eliminated during the first round of play will receive a set of Horace Mann drinkware, including 12 coffee mugs and 12 coasters, for its teachers’ lounge.

  • Gavin Central Elementary (NC Central/North Dakota State)
  • Martin Elementary (VCU)
  • Sayre Language Academy (Mississippi St.)
  • AJ Katzenmaier Elementary (Saint Louis)
  • Je-Neir Elementary (Belmont/Temple)
  • Momence Jr. High (Yale)
  • Wolf's Crossing Elementary (Louisville)
  • Woodland Elementary West (Bradley)
  • Sarah Adams Elementary (F Dickinson/Prairie View A&M)
  • Spring Grove Elementary (Syracuse)
  • Patrick Henry Elementary (Marquette)
  • Richmond Grade School (Vermont)
  • Woodland Elementary East (Arizona State/St. John's)
  • Beard Elementary (Northern Kentucky)
  • Meadowdale Elementary (Nevada)
  • Elk Grove High School (Montana)
  • Straussburg Elementary (Gardner-Webb)
  • Cotton Creek Elementary (Ole Miss)
  • AJ Katzenmaier Elementary (Wisconsin)
  • Kennedy Elementary (Kansas State)
  • Martin Elementary (Saint Mary's)
  • Murphy Jr. High (Old Dominion)
  • Vanguard School (Cincinnati)
  • Wolf's Crossing Elementary (Colgate)
  • Wagoner Elementary (Iona)
  • Richmond Grade School (Utah State)
  • Hunt Club Elementary (New Mexico State)
  • Phoenix Military Academy (Northeastern)
  • Gavin Central Elementary (Iowa State)
  • Sayre Language Academy (Georgia State)
  • Wheatlands Elementary (Seton Hall)
  • Freeman Elementary (Abilene Christian)

Round 2: Each school eliminated during the second round of play will receive a Horace Mann lunch bag for all school staff members.

  • Luther Burbank Elementary (UCF)
  • Park Manor Elementary (Liberty)
  • Straussburg Elementary (Maryland)
  • Kennedy Elementary (Minnesota)
  • Cotton Creek Elementary (Baylor)
  • Vanguard School (Murray State)
  • Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary (Buffalo)
  • Woodland Primary School (Florida)
  • Spring Grove Elementary (Oklahoma)
  • Momence High School (UC Irvine)
  • Woodland Elementary West (Villanova)
  • Patrick Henry Elementary (Iowa)
  • Meadowdale Elementary (Washington)
  • Woodland Elementary East (Kansas)
  • The Academy at Forest View (Ohio State)
  • Je-Neir Elementary (Wofford)

Sweet 16: Each school eliminated during the third round of play will receive a Horace Mann lunch bag for all school staff members and $100 in DonorsChoose.org funding.

  • Wheatlands Elementary (Virginia Tech)
  • Murphy Jr. High (LSU)
  • Momence High School (Florida State)
  • Hunt Club Elementary (Michigan)
  • Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary (Oregon)
  • Woodland Primary School (Tennessee)
  • Elk Grove High School (North Carolina)
  • Sarah Adams Elementary (Houston)

Elite 8: Each school eliminated during the fourth round of play will receive a Horace Mann drink tumbler and $150 in DonorsChoose.org funding.

  • Freeman Elementary (Duke)
  • Phoenix Military Academy (Gonzaga)
  • Beard Elementary (Purdue)
  • Momence Jr. High (Kentucky)

Final Four: Each school eliminated during the fifth round of play will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann and $250 in DonorsChoose.org funding.

  • Wagoner Elementary (Michigan State)
  • Luther Burbank Elementary (Auburn)

The Big Dance: The school eliminated during the championship game will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann and $500 in DonorsChoose.org funding.

  • The Academy at Forest View (Texas Tech)

Champion! The school that wins the tournament will receive breakfast/lunch for all school staff members hosted and provided by Horace Mann as well as $500 in DonorsChoose.org funding and a $500 gift certificate to Lakeshore Learning for supplies.

Congratulations to Park Manor Elementary!

A school's elimination from the Tournament Challenge is determined by when the school's assigned teams are eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament. No purchase necessary for schools to participate or win. A purchase or client status will not increase chances of winning. Complete rules can be found here.


WBTL-0737 (Mar. 2019)

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