March 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS---For those that dream of playing basketball during the NCAA® Men’s Final Four® weekend, the NCAA has launched its community March Madness® 3-on-3 Tournament, which will be hosted by Indianapolis area YMCAs.   The division winners will vie for the POWERADE 3v3 championship at Bracket Town™ Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero™, the NCAA‘s ultimate Final Four fan fest, which takes place April 1-5 during Final Four weekend.

The bracketed, double-elimination tournament is open to male and female teams in six age divisions ranging from ages 9 – 40+.  Four greater Indianapolis YMCAs—Jordan, Fishers, Ransburg, and Baxter—will host the tournament, which tips off March 19.

To register for the NCAA® March Madness® 3-on-3 Tournament, call 800-803-6173 or visit www.NCAAMarchMadness3on3Tournament.com, or contact participating YMCA locations.

On the dates of competition, the participating YMCA locations will serve as donation locations for the Geared for Health: Sports Equipment for Kids program. Donate your new and gently used sports equipment to give to non-profit organizations that provide programs for underserved children.  The sports equipment drive is a joint program between the Indiana Sports Corporation, the NCAA® and the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee.

For more information on the 2010 NCAA NCAA® Men’s Final Four® the weekend’s fan events, please visit www.ncaa.com/finalfour.

About the NCAA®
The NCAA® is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions -AT&T and Coca-Cola and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners - Enterprise, Hershey’s, The Hartford, LG, Lowe's and State Farm.

NCAA, Final Four, March Madness and Bracket Town are trademarks owned or licensed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

About the YMCA
From London, England in 1844 to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1854, the YMCA maintains a rich tradition of building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. Throughout Indianapolis, our 12 YMCA branches serve more than 185,000 people from diverse communities—providing over $7 million in scholarships, program subsidies, and underwritten programs in low-income communities. We want to do more than serve people in our community—we want to help them thrive.

The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that enhance personal growth and improve health of spirit, mind, and body for all. Working towards our mission includes focusing on our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. For more information on the Greater Indianapolis YMCA family, please visit http://www.indymca.org/