NCAA announces Final Four events
The NCAA, Houston local organizing committee, Rice University head coach Ben Braun and University of Houston head coach James Dickey met with Houston media on Wednesday to introduce the numerous fan and community events that will accompany the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The events announced include:
Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero
Come play with the best at Bracket Town refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero -- the ultimate fan experience. Fans of all ages can test their skills and enjoy championship action with basketball competitions, clinics, performances, autograph sessions and photo ops, the latest in interactive games and demonstrations, prizes and more. Everyone's a champion at Bracket Town.
College Slam Dunk and Three Point Championships
The 23nd annual slam dunk and three point championships is making its second official appearance at the Men's Final Four. The event, which is televised on ESPN, brings together college basketball’s top three-point shooters and slam dunk artists competing in four separate competitions: men's three-point shooting, women's three-point shooting, men's vs. women's three-point champions and the slam dunk competition.
USBWA Awards Breakfast
The basketball writers will hand out the organizations' National Freshman, National Coach and National Player of the Year awards. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.sportswriters.net/usbwa.
Final Four Friday -- Team Practices
Come watch the student-athletes from the 2011 NCAA Final Four teams in their final practice before the national semifinal games. Enjoy the opportunity to hear from each head coach of the participating Final Four teams after the practice session is completed. Fans in attendance will be randomly selected to win national semifinal and championship game tickets throughout the day!
Reese’s College All-Star Game
The Reese's College All-Star Game features two teams comprised of the top collegiate senior student-athletes in the country. For the third year, the game will be played in the Final Four venue and will provide Texas residents and other NCAA basketball fans the chance to see many of the best college basketball players perform in action for free!
The Big Dance Concert Series
The Big Dance is a free three-day concert series open to music fans in celebration of the NCAA Men's Final Four. In addition to the music, there will be plenty of food and activities to keep you entertained.
POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics
The Powerade NCAA Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects kids ages 8-16 with the basketball championship and provides them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Participants receive sport instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes and get valuable information on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. The clinics also feature a session for parents and guardians with information on recruiting, academic and eligibility issues.
Join the four participating bands and cheer squads for the World's Largest Pep Rally.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States. The 20-day tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness®, has become one of the country’s most prominent sporting events. The tournament, whose field includes conference champions and other top teams, is staged in a single-elimination format. Since its 1939 inception, it has built a legacy that includes dynasty teams, dramatic underdog stories and outstanding individual performances.
NCAA Final Four Dribble presented by Lowes Senior CLASS Award
Basketball fans, under the age of 18, will have the opportunity to dribble from Houston City Hall to the George R. Brown Convention Center. Participants will receive a free basketball and t-shirt courtesy of the NCAA, Lowes Senior Class Award, Wilson Sporting Goods and the Houston Local Organizing Committee. Participants wearing their Final Four Dribble t-shirt will also receive free admission to Bracket Town on event day. Participants must be present to receive complimentary items and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This is the game everyone has waited for. The top two teams in the nation will play each other for the most coveted title in every intercollegiatesport -- National Champions!
NABC Championship Trophy Presentation Celebration
Winning coach and student-athletes will be presented with the NABC championship trophy in a pep rally setting for all fans to enjoy.
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