NFCU launches virtual Mascot Madness tournament for area schools

BATON ROUGE, LA (September 10, 2020) — Neighbors FCU is hosting an online tournament with its 15 Mascot schools! The winning school will receive $1,500 and the runner-up will receive $500.

The tournament is hosted on Neighbors’ social media channels through live voting. Links to the voting went live Tuesday, September 8th on NFCU’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The school with the most votes wins and advances to the next round.

Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert of 104.5 ESPN unveiled the bracket Monday through NFCU’s social media pages.

The tournament schedule is:


  • Monday, September 7
    • Bracket Reveal at 7 AM via NFCU social media and ESPN Radio
  • Tuesday, September 8-9
    • Round 1
  • Friday, September 11-14
    • Round 2
  • Thursday, September 17-21
    • Final Four
  • Friday, September 25-30
    • Championship matchup
  • Friday, October 1
    • Winner announced

During that time, the school students, faculty, parents and alumni are all encouraged to vote and share with friends. In addition to the prize money, NFCU will purchase a Go-Pro camera for the school the produces the best promotional content.

These schools in this tournament participate in Neighbors’ Mascot Checking Program. The Mascot Checking Program gives money back to the school for each debit card swipe. In 2019, that program provided $68,340back to area schools and the program has provided $163,556 since its inception. Additionally as part of the program, the Neighbors Capital Area Foundation will provided $50,000 in scholarships to graduating students at these schools last May.

Those interested in keeping up with the tournament can follow NFCU on Twitter and Facebook.

About Neighbors Federal Credit Union

Neighbors Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative operating as an  association dedicated to "people helping people." A handful of educators started Baton Rouge  Teachers in 1954 with a shoe box, a couple hundred dollars and the goal of making financial  services available to school system employees in our area.   Now, Neighbors Federal Credit Union is the largest community-chartered credit union in the  state of Louisiana with over 80,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Since that time,  Neighbors has undergone a variety of changes, but the mission has stayed the same: Enhance  members' financial well-being and be a partner in the communities Neighbors serves.


Brett Reynolds
Vice President

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