Get Ready for March Madness with the Escalade Sports Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Vote on your favorite sports gifts each week

For sports fans, the start of 2022 is packed with huge events: the X Games, the Winter Olympics, and the Super Bowl, to name a few. But perhaps no single event gets people excited like the NCAA’s March Madness tournament.


Last year, an estimated 17 million people tuned into the action and roughly 37 million adults created brackets. That active participation is a huge part of the tournament’s appeal – spectators don’t just watch; they take an active role in the proceedings, studying stats and comparing top picks with those of friends, family, and coworkers. So, building on that competitive spirit, Incentive Concepts is launching the Escalade Sports Sweet Sixteen Tournament to help you get ready for March Madness. Vote on your favorite sports gifts each week to crown the champion.

How the Escalade Sports Sweet Sixteen Tournament works

Similar to the official March Madness schedule, the Escalade Sports Sweet Sixteen Tournament will take place over four weeks, beginning February 1. Top rewards from Escalade Sports’ catalog of premium recreation products have been seeded by season. Each week, those products will “face off” to see which incentives advance to the next round. However, instead of these corporate gifts taking to the court, the winners will be determined by your votes.

Here’s how it’ll work week to week

Round 1, February 1 – 8: The Sweet Sixteen phase of the tournament will feature 8 one-on-one contests. COMPLETED

Round 2, February 8 – 15: Winners from the first round will advance to the Elite Eight and compete in 4 one-on-one contests. COMPLETED

Round 3, February 15 – 22: Round 2 victors will go on to 2 one-on-one contests in the Final Four. COMPLETED

Round 4, February 22 – March 1: In the Championship Match, the remaining products will battle it out in a final one-on-one contest to take home the title. COMPLETED

Triumph Sports LED 2' x 3' Cornhole

Top seeds offer employee motivation for sports fans

The tournament’s top seeds include several popular rewards sure to inspire employee motivation amongst the sports enthusiasts on your team.

The Spring Conference features employee gifts to encourage outdoor fun, like the Triumph Sports Competition Tumble and the Onix Recruiter Starter Set, which offers the perfect intro to pickleball. The Summer Conference is all about active group competition, with classics like the Zume Badminton Set and the Triumph Sports Patriotic Volleyball Set.

Though both of those conferences will be tough to beat, the Fall Conference boasts plenty of strength with skills-focused incentives like the Triumph Sports All Pro 100mm Bocce Set with Sling Sport Bag and the Bear Archery Species RTH Package, a bow that’s equally easy to set up and shoot.

And don’t count out the Winter Conference, with beloved game room staples like the American Legend 55” Foosball Table and the Arachnid Voyager Electronic Dartboard.


With so many top-tier products in the competition, this year’s tournament is anyone’s for the taking. Place your vote today and come back each week to keep your favorites in the running. And, to incorporate these sports gifts into your 2022 recognition plans, sign up for Preferred Pricing Membership, contact us using the form below, or call us at 888-862-9283.

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