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Teachers Are Heroes Contest Official Rules




The object of the Contest is to create an original essay, three hundred (300) words or less, (the "Submission") nominating a teacher at a school in the greater Orange County, CA area ("Nominee") by giving your most compelling description or account of the positive impact the Nominee has had on the lives of his or her students. Self-nominations are not permitted. Entrants are entering the Contest on behalf of themselves and the Nominees. Staff members of Angels Baseball L.P. and Azusa Pacific University (collectively, the "Judges") will select the three (3) most compelling Submissions in accordance with these Official Rules and based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below to determine the Winners (defined below). To be a Nominee, the teacher must, at the time of Participant's entry, (a) be a teacher at a school located in the greater Orange County, CA area; (b) be a legal resident of California; (c) be eighteen (18) years of age or older; (d) not be an Ineligible Individual; (e) not be living in the same household as the Participant and must not be the Participant (i.e., a self-nomination); (f) be currently living; (g) be someone the person submitting the Submission personally knows; (h) have granted Participant permission for Participant to enter him/her in the Contest as a Nominee, to submit his/her Nominee Information (defined below) as may be required on the entry form and agree on his/her behalf for Sponsor and Los Angeles Angels to, if applicable, contact him/her for Contest administration purposes; and (i) have read, understood and agreed to these Official Rules. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may require Participant to verify such permission before awarding a Prize to the Participant and Nominee.


The Contest is open only to legal residents of California who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Azusa Pacific University ("Sponsor"), Angels Baseball L.P. ("Los Angeles Angels"), the other MLB Entities (as defined below) and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest (each, an "Ineligible Individual") are not eligible to participate or win a Prize (as defined below). The "MLB Entities" shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball ("BOC"), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, the Major League Baseball Clubs ("Clubs"), MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ("MLBAM"), Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., The MLB Network, LLC, each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Clubs or the BOC and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing entities. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void outside California, and where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.


The Contest entry period begins on March 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time ("PT") and ends on June 10, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PT (the "Entry Period").


To enter, participants must log on to during the Entry Period and click on the Contest banners, buttons and/or links to access the online entry form for the Contest. To enter, participants must read and consent to these Official Rules during the Contest entry process. Participants must also provide their complete name, date of birth, ZIP/postal code, telephone number, email address, and Submission pursuant to (1) the Submission Requirements (set forth below), and (2) the Content Restrictions (as set forth in the Content Restrictions section below).

The Participant will also provide the complete name, email address, telephone number, and school of the Nominee ("Nominee Information") on the online entry form. The Nominee Information will be used by Sponsor and Los Angeles Angels for Contest administration purposes only. By fully completing and submitting all required information you will be automatically entered in the Contest and be a "Participant." Participants may be given the option to receive (a) commercial emails from and/or MLBAM and/or (b) mobile text messages and updates from; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon Participant's consent to receive such emails or mobile text messages and updates and consenting to receive such emails and/or mobile text messages and updates will not impact any Participant's chances of winning. Standard messaging rates apply to mobile text messages and updates. Check with your mobile service provider for more information.

Submission Requirements: Participants must submit their Submissions as directed during the Contest entry process. Submissions must be entered via the form available on Submissions must be in the English language and must not exceed three hundred (300) words in length. Submissions must not include names of anyone other than the Participant and the Nominee unless such other individuals named are of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least eighteen [18] years of age) and have granted Participant permission to include his/her name in the Submission.

Online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Submission.

All entries must include a valid email address for the Participant. All information submitted by Participants is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, Major League Baseball's website ( Terms of Use accessible at: and Privacy Policy accessible at: Participants must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the online entry form to be eligible. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries are void. Limit one (1) entry per person/email address/household. In case of multiple entries received from any person or email address or household, only the first entry received from such person or email address or household will be considered. Participants who do not click their agreement to these Official Rules will not have their Submissions reviewed. Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements, the Content Restrictions or otherwise with these Official Rules will be void, eliminated and not eligible for consideration.


On or about each Judging Date (defined below), the Judges will judge all eligible Submissions received as of 11:59 p.m. PT on the date prior to the applicable Judging Date (each, a "Judging Date Deadline") to determine the most compelling Submission for such Judging Date based on the following judging criteria: (a) Compelling nature of Participant's account of Nominee's positive impact (75%); and (b) Clarity of Submission (25%). On or about April 8, 2019, May 10, 2019, and June 11, 2019 (each, a "Judging Date"), the most compelling Submission as determined by the Judges will be deemed a winning Submission (each, a "Winning Submission"), for a total of three (3) Winning Submissions (i.e., one [1] per Judging Date). Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules of both Participants and Nominees associated with the Winning Submissions, each eligible Participant that submitted a Winning Submission, as determined by the Judges, will be declared an official winning Participant (each a "Winning Participant" and collectively, the "Winning Participants") and each eligible Nominee nominated in the Winning Submissions will be declared an official Nominee Winner (each, a "Nominee Winner" and collectively, "Nominee Winners"). The Participant Winners and Nominee Winners are collectively referred to herein as "Winner(s)"). In the event of a tie, the Compelling nature score will be used as the tiebreaker. All non-winning eligible Submissions from one Judging Date will automatically carry-over to and remain eligible for subsequent Judging Date(s), if any. Limit one (1) Prize per person, family or household.


Six (6) Prizes to be awarded (i.e., two [2] per Judging Date) as set forth below:

  • Nominee Prizes. Three (3) Nominee Prizes will be awarded (i.e., one [1] per Judging Date). Each Nominee Winner will receive four (4) tickets for Nominee Winner and three (3) guests for the Los Angeles Angels home game played on April 22, 2019 (for Judging Date April 8, 2019), May 24, 2019 (for Judging Date May 10, 2019), or June 25, 2019 (for Judging Date June 11, 2019); one (1) parking pass for use at the ballpark on the date of the game; four (4) field passes for Nominee Winner and his/her three (3) guests for use during the pregame Contest-related recognition ceremony; and the opportunity for Nominee Winner to be recognized in the pregame Contest-related recognition ceremony (each, a "Prize" and collectively, the "Prizes"). (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each Nominee Prize: $475.) TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. The exact nature and duration of the on-field recognition ceremony shall be determined by Sponsor and Los Angeles Angels, as applicable, at its sole discretion and subject to availability.
  • Participant Prizes. Three (3) Participant Prizes will be awarded (i.e., one [1] per Judging Date). Each Participant Winner will receive two (2) tickets for Participant Winner and one (1) guest for the Los Angeles Angels home game played on April 22, 2019 (for Judging Date April 8, 2019), May 24, 2019 (for Judging Date May 10, 2019), or June 25, 2019 (for Judging Date June 11, 2019) (each, a "Participant Prize" and together with the Nominee Prizes, the "Prizes"). (ARV of each Participant Prize: $200.) TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED.


All Prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor and Los Angeles Angels, as applicable. Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with the Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided including, but not limited to, lodging, transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of each individual Winner. The Prizes are non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize (or any portion thereof) with a prize of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. Limit one (1) Prize per person, family or household. TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE GAME AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. Game date and seat locations at the game shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Each Winner's guest(s) must be of legal age of majority in his/her (their) jurisdiction(s) of residence (and at least eighteen (18) years of age), unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the BOC and/or the applicable Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as part of any Prize will govern in the event a legal game, event or exhibition, as defined by Major League Baseball, is not played or held, as applicable, due to weather conditions, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Each Winner and his/her guest(s) agree to comply with all applicable ballpark and venue, as applicable, regulations in connection with the Prize. Sponsor and the applicable MLB Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any Winner and/or his/her guest(s) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the game, event or exhibition. Released Parties (as defined below) will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Baseball game, event or exhibition. Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition tickets awarded as prizes may not be resold or offered for resale or used for any commercial or promotional purpose whatsoever. Any such resale or commercial or promotional use may result in disqualification and Prize forfeiture, and may invalidate the license granted by the game, event or exhibition ticket(s).


Sponsor will be responsible for resolving any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. Angels Baseball LP's computer will be the official clock of the Contest. All decisions by Sponsor regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.


In exchange for the opportunity to participate in this Contest, and the possibility of the use of Participant's Submission and/or the Participants appearing in an audio, visual and/or multimedia production, the receipt of which opportunities shall be sufficient consideration for this Consent, License and Release, each Participant, as applicable, does hereby:

  1. agree that his/her Submission is an original work of authorship and that, as of the date of submission, he/she owns all right, title and interest in the Submission or has all necessary rights in the Submission in order to submit it to MLBAM under the terms of these Official Rules;
  2. consent to the collection by MLBAM (or its designee) of his/her personal information, including without limitation name, date of birth, address (city and state of residence), telephone number(s) and email address(es) (the "Personal Information") in connection with the Submission;
  3. grant to Sponsor, Los Angeles Angels, MLBAM and each of their respective designees the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from his/her Submission throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor, Los Angeles Angels and/or MLBAM, as applicable, to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Submission via the Internet or any other interactive media, in stadium, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without payment of any compensation to the Participant or his/her heirs and successors, (i) on its own or as part of any audiovisual or other production; (ii) to advertise any products, programming or services of the MLB Entities or for any other advertising, marketing, publicizing and promotional purposes and in any materials related thereto; and/or (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever;
  4. agree that the foregoing license includes without limitation the right (i) to use his/her name (and any other Personal Information that may be incorporated into the Submission), likeness, image, voice, statements, appearance and performance as embodied in the Submission in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional and trade purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, worldwide, in perpetuity, without notice and without further consideration or compensation, except where prohibited by law; (ii) to edit, alter, distort, add to, rearrange and otherwise modify the Submission, and use the Submission in whole or in part or in combination with other materials; and (iii) to assign and/or license others to use the Submission for all of the purposes hereunder;
  5. acknowledge and agree, with respect to the Personal Information, that the MLB Entities shall have the right (subject to applicable law) to (i) incorporate certain of the Personal Information into the Submission and use such Personal Information as incorporated therein; (ii) analyze and use the Personal Information for any and all purposes, including without limitation sending him/her advertising and promotional materials and for any other advertising, marketing and promotional purposes; and (iii) to share the Personal Information with third parties for their advertising, marketing and promotional purposes or for any other purposes;
  6. acknowledge that Participant shall have no right of approval of any use of the Submission and the Personal Information as permitted hereunder;
  7. agree that Participant shall use any copy of the Submission that he/she obtains solely for his/her personal, non-public, non-commercial use; and
  8. release and indemnify in perpetuity the Released Parties from any claims, demands, losses and liabilities of any nature arising out of or in any way connected with the Submission, the Personal Information and the use thereof as permitted hereunder, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright or trademark infringement, false endorsement, libel, slander, defamation or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy.

Nothing herein will obligate the MLB Entities to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein. In the event that any individual(s) is(are) identified in the Submission but does not submit a separate Consent, License and Release, the Participant hereby represents and warrants (i) that such individuals(s) has authorized Participant to agree to this Consent, License and Release on his/her behalf (or, with respect to any individual under the legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, that Participant is the parent and/or legal guardian of such individual(s) with legal authority to act on behalf of such individual), and (ii) that Participant agrees to this Consent, License and Release on behalf of such individual(s).


Participants must not include any of the following content (the "Content Restrictions") in any Submission: (i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material; (ii) materials relating to lotteries or gambling; (iii) explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities; (iv) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (v) libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortious or slanderous materials; (vi) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on the MLB Entities, their owners and employees, or the game of baseball; (vii) tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol or drugs; (viii) dangerous stunts; (ix) real weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, knives or projectiles; (x) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (xi) individuals under legal age of majority without providing a signed release from parent or legal guardian; or (xii) material that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Submission is created. Any Submission that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.


Each potential Participant winner and, once the applicable potential Participant winner is verified, potential Nominee winner will be notified by email and/or telephone by Sponsor, Los Angeles Angels and/or MLBAM and may (in Sponsor's discretion) be confirmed by postal mail, return receipt (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential Participant winner or potential Nominee winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within three (3) days of the date of issuance or declines the applicable Prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, the applicable Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential Participant winner may be chosen based on the next highest-scoring Submission from among all remaining eligible Submissions received as of the applicable Judging Date Deadline. Each potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and/or Angels Baseball LP and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within three (3) days of the date of issuance. Failure to submit any identification required by Sponsor or to return any required documents within the specified time period, the return of such documents, the Prize (or any portion thereof) or Prize Notification as undeliverable, or noncompliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification, Prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential Participant winner to be chosen based on the next highest-scoring Submission from among all remaining eligible Submissions received as of the applicable Judging Date Deadline.


By participating in the Contest, each Participant and, by way of agreeing to be entered as a Nominee, each Nominee (a) accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, the Major League Baseball website ( Privacy Policy and Terms of Use; and (b) gives his/her express permission to be contacted by Sponsor and its representatives, Los Angeles Angels and MLBAM for Contest administration purposes.

All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

The MLB Entities, Sponsor, Apple, Inc. and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, assignees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors, telecasters, sponsors, licensees and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives and contractors (collectively, the "Released Parties") shall not be responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a Participant or Nominee, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions.

Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, computer, network, typographical, printing, human or other errors relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the offer or administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, the tabulation of scores, the cancellation of games or any errors appearing in any Contest related-materials including, but not limited to, errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Winners or the distribution of the Prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of the Prize (or any portion thereof) including, without limitation, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each Participant and, by way of agreeing to be entered as a Nominee, each Nominee agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties and Facebook from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action and/or liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in, or preparation for, the Contest, Contest-related activity, Participant's Submission, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of the Prize (or any portion thereof) including any travel or activity related thereto.

If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, without limitation, as a result of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of games, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and, if terminated, to determine the Winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect Submissions submitted up to the point of termination.

Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, wireless, Internet Service Provider ("ISP") or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, malfunctions of wireless devices, wireless service problems, cellular tower equipment, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or wireless service congestion, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.


In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any potential winner based on an email address, the winning Submission will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable ISP or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the email address for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify Participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any Participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

As a condition of entering this Contest, each Participant and Nominee agrees that (A) any and all disputes, claims, controversies or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Contest, or any prizes awarded (each, a "Claim"), shall be (1) arbitrated on an individual basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party, and (2) settled by binding arbitration in New York County, New York before a single arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof; and (B) under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A, applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in that State.

Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor of, or responsible for conducting, the Contest. All entry data provided via the online entry form is provided to Sponsor, Los Angeles Angels and/or MLBAM and not to Facebook. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Baseball and, the Official Site of Major League Baseball. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.


For the Winners' names, mail a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by July 15, 2019, to: Teachers Are Heroes Contest Winner's List c/o Angels Baseball LP, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702.

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