With the NFL season out of the way, the NBA playoffs still 4 months out, and early MLB games not mattering at all, sports fans around the country are turning to one thing: Brackets.

It might still be February, but the prospect of college basketball tournaments is already looming large. March Madness is one of the best times of year for sports fans, and anything bracket related will hold their attention for at least a few minutes. Here in Connecticut, where any year could be a double championship year, that is especially true.

So it’s no wonder that charities are getting in on the world of brackets. According to FOX 61, 60 Connecticut charities have signed up to compete in the Brackets for Good charity bracket tournament, with a $10,000 grand prize on the line.

Don’t worry, the tournament doesn’t involve a bunch of charity staffers playing sloppy basketball games at the XL Center (though that would be pretty entertaining). Instead, the charities will match up in the bracket and compete to raise more money than their opponent. Each dollar equals one point, and the charity with the most points at the end of the match up moves on. When it’s down to the final two, the champion will not only keep all the money it raised, but upon winning the final it will also receive a bonus $10,000 from Stanley Black & Decker.

The tournament will start officially on February 24, but the excitement starts now. Usually Connecticut has to wait until Selection Sunday to start staring at brackets and rooting for our favorites to advance. Not this year. In 2017 (and beyond, if the tournament continues), we get a couple extra weeks of action!

So head on over to the Brackets for Good page (it’s set up like the real deal, with info on each charity and everything), pick your favorite charity (or two, or three, or 10) and start donating. The only way your charity wins is if you help them earn those points.

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