DENVER -- The NCAA Women’s Final Four is one of America’s most prestigious women’s championship sporting events. The crowning of the national champion at the Pepsi Center on April 3 will be the pinnacle of the experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans. But there are a multitude of ancillary events included in the Women’s Final Four weekend which the entire Denver community will enjoy mostly free of charge.

“The Women’s Final Four offers numerous fan interactive opportunities whether or not you have a game ticket,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and alliances.  “The Women’s Final Four is more than three games and we encourage the Denver community, as well as the thousands of women’s basketball fans and coaches in attendance, to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

In addition to the announcement of events, a $100,000 donation to research on breast cancer after pregnancy at the University of Colorado Cancer Center was made in celebration of Denver as the host city of the Women’s Final Four.

While events are still being added to the schedule, key information and registration opportunities for all of the Women’s Final Four activities are available at www.ncaa.com/finalfour.

Tentative overview of events (dates and times are subject to change; all times are Mountain):

Friday, March 30
• Tourney Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero -- Colorado Convention Center, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (free)
• NCAA Youth Clinics -- Tourney Town, Colorado Convention Center, noon-5:30 p.m. (free; registration required)
• Salute Premiere -- Buell Theatre, 6-7:30 p.m. (ticket required)

Saturday, March 31
• NCAA Youth Clinics -- ThunderRidge and South high schools, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (free; registration required)
• 4Kay Run -- Downtown Denver, 9 a.m. (registration required: online $20, on-site $25)
• NCAA Girls Junior Journalism Workshop -- Pepsi Center, 9 a.m. (free; registration required)
• Tourney Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero -- Colorado Convention Center, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (free)
• Open Practices and Team Autograph Sessions -- Pepsi Center, 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. (free)
• Battle of the Bands -- Pepsi Center, 3:45-4:15 p.m. (free)   
• WBCA High School All-America Game -- Pepsi Center, 4:30 p.m. (free)
• Headliner Concert -- Tourney Town Center Stage, Colorado Convention Center, 5:30-6:45 p.m. (free)

Sunday, April 1
• Special Olympics Youth Clinic -- Tourney Town, Colorado Convention Center, 9-11 a.m. (free; registration required)
• Tourney Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero -- Colorado Convention Center, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (free)
• The Mile High Dribble -- Civic Center Park, 11:30 a.m. (free; fegistration required)
• Mascot Challenge -- Tourney Town Center Stage, Colorado Convention Center, noon (free)
• NCAA Pep Rally -- Tourney Town Center Stage, Colorado Convention Center, 1 p.m. (free)
• National Semifinal Games -- Pepsi Center, 4:30 and 7 p.m. (ticket required)

Monday, April 2
• Tourney Journey Tours -- Depart from Colorado Convention Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ticket required)

Tuesday, April 3
• Tourney Journey Tours -- Depart from Colorado Convention Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ticket required)
• National Championship Game -- Pepsi Center, 6:30 p.m. (ticket required)
• NCAA/WBCA Coaches’ Trophy Presentation -- Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, following the national championship game, 9:30 p.m. approximately (free)

Other Ongoing Activities and Initiatives
• NCAA Middle School Madness Program -- Select Denver Middle Schools, Spring 2012
• NCAA Pinnacle of Fitness Program -- Selected Denver Middle Schools, Spring 2012
• Stop. Shoot. Give. -- Downtown Denver, March-April 2012
• NCAA Women’s Final Four Food Recovery Program -- Denver Community, March-April 2012