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NCAA® Announces Community Initiatives Taking Place Around 2015 Women's Final Four®

NCAA® Announces Community Initiatives Taking Place Around 2015 Women's Final Four®

TAMPA, FL - A number of community enhancement initiatives are being planned in Tampa Bay as part of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four programming this March and April.

The  NCAA  Community  101  program  has  already  touched  Tampa  Bay  and  will  be making further inroads in the coming weeks.   NCAA Community 101 was designed to teach youth about social responsibility through service learning. This provides a fun and educational platform for youth to positively impact their community. The principal goal of Community 101 is to encourage participation in volunteer opportunities, enhance existing projects and foster a lifelong commitment to community service.

NCAA Team Works™ community initiatives being organized around the Women’s Final Four include Feeding America Tampa Bay, NCAA Women’s Final Four Legacy Restoration Program,   Keep   Tampa   Bay   Beautiful   –   Coastal   Clean-Up,   Women’s   Final   Four Community Champions Celebration, Coca-Cola® NCAA Youth Clinics and sustainability efforts around the event that will impact the Tampa Bay community.

A driving force behind many of the community projects will be the University of South Florida (USF) “For Student-Athletes By Student-Athletes” program which will place current student-athletes at the university in professional development opportunities and provide responsibilities throughout the Women’s Final Four. USF is the host institution for the 2015 Women’s Final Four.

“There is a significant importance to the NCAA in leaving behind a lasting legacy in the hosting community for the Women’s Final Four that will be felt for years to come,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president, women’s basketball championships. “Thousands will have the opportunity to enjoy the many Women’s Final Four events, but after the games have concluded, we want the Tampa Bay community to continue to feel the legacy of hosting our championship.”

Feeding America Tampa Bay Pack The Bag Night - Postponed

***Event originally scheduled for Monday, March 2 has beeen postponed. A new date has yet to be announced. 

NCAA Women’s Final Four Legacy Restoration program of the Freddie Solomon Boys & Girls Club presented by Lowe’s and Team Works

The NCAA Women’s Final Four Legacy Restoration program presented by Lowe’s and Team Works combining efforts with the Nancy Lieberman Foundation’s Dream Courts program that will include a refurbishment project and the restoration of a high-quality basketball court at the Freddie Solomon Boys & Girls Club located at 4805 E. Sligh Ave.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. leading into Women’s Final Four week.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful – Coastal Clean-Up

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful – Coastal Clean-Up will take place on Friday, April 3 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.   NCAA Community 101 participants, USF student-athletes, the TBLOC, Keep  Tampa  Bay  Beautiful,  Women's  Final  Four  fans  and  visitors  and  the  Tampa  Bay community will congregate to help clean-up and beautify a portion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Participants will be placed on one of five teams captained by a USF student-athlete community service leader.   Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, USF athletics and the TBLOC will provide managing officials responsible for the overall execution of the project.

Women’s Final Four Community Champions Celebration

The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® composed of college women's basketball student- athletes, who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement will present select groups from the NCAA Community 101 program with community service awards at the Women’s Final Four Community Champions Celebration which will take place on Sunday, April 5 from11:15 to 11:45 a.m. at Center Stage in Tourney Town™ presented by Capital One (adjacent to Amalie Arena).

Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics

Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects youth with selected championships and provides them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Participants will receive basketball instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes and get valuable information on recruiting, eligibility and youth sports issues.

Clinics are free, but space is limited and online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Participants will receive a t-shirt and promotional item while having fun and learning about healthy, active lifestyles.

Local youth, grades 3-8, are invited to participate in the Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics which will be held April 4 and 5 of Women’s Final Four week.  Online registration is available at www.NCAA.com/WomensFinalFour for the following clinics (unless otherwise indicated):

Location –University of South Florida (4202 East Fowler Avenue)

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location – Tourney Town presented by Capital One (adjacent to Amalie Arena).

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Location – All People’s Life Center – Coca Cola Paralympic Clinic (registration closed)

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Location – Tourney Town – Coca Cola All-Girls Clinic (registration closed)

Date: April 5, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Sustainability
 
Already  one  of  the  nation’s  leaders  in  sustainability,  Amalie  Arena  has  a  number  of sustainability efforts taking place around the 2015 Women’s Final Four.
Amalie Arena features a hydroponic garden outside of the facility that is being used to grow produce for foodservice operations inside the arena.  Using a stacking system to maximize production in the 80-foot by

14-foot garden space, the new garden effectively provides one acre of farming space to provide fruits and vegetables for immediate consumption at the arena. The system maximizes growing space while minimizing water and nutrient usage through a system that collects excess runoff and returns it to storage tanks for future use.  This in addition to recycling efforts makes it a win- win for the Women’s Final Four.

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