FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Associate Director Championships and Alliances, Media Services
LASTING LEGACY OF 2013 NCAA® WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR®
IMPACTS NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY
NEW ORLEANS---The impact of the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four on the New Orleans community will be felt for years to come thanks to numerous legacy programs that the NCAA and New Orleans Local Organizing Committee implemented in the Crescent City, with additional help from Tulane serving as the host institution.
Through the NCAA Middle School Madness®, NCAA Pinnacle of Fitness®, POWERADE® NCAA Youth Clinics, Big Easy Bounce Fueled by POWERADE®, NCAA Junior Journalism Workshop, equipment donations through Wilson® Sporting Goods Co. and additional local organizing committee initiatives, over 15,000 New Orleans middle school and elementary age children and their schools were impacted.
Thousands more, young and old, were touched by additional Women's Final Four events including the national semifinal and championship games played at the New Orleans Arena on April 7 and 9, Tourney TownTM Refreshed by Coca-Cola ZeroTM, the 4Kay® Run Presented by Northwestern Mutual®, open practices and autograph sessions and a $100,000 research grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund® to the Tulane Cancer Center. Additional outreach included a visit to the Tulane Medical Center by the University of Louisville and the University of Connecticut cheerleaders and mascots prior to the national championship game on April 8. In addition, local community organizations such as the Second Harvest were also beneficiaries of Women's Final Four programming.
"We are always looking for ways to fully integrate the numerous Women's Final Four events into the local community and in working with the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee we were able to achieve a great deal of success this year," said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president, women's basketball championships. "Our ultimate goal each year around the Women's Final Four is to leave a lasting legacy in the host community; in New Orleans we accomplished this objective with the assistance from many locally who shared our passion. We wanted to recognize and thank those individuals and groups today."
Community outreach accomplishments around the Women's Final Four included the following:
Middle School Madness program. All participating students and teachers received a gift. The theme of this year's program was "What is the power of service - making a difference in your community?" Participants were asked to write an essay and work together to create a team mural of their interpretation of this theme. The four essay winners were seventh grader Caroline Bickerton from St. Dominic School; seventh grader David Moses, Jr. from Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Mathematics School; seventh grader Thaddeus Wilson from St. Dominic School and sixth-grader Tayla Williams from Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Mathematics School. All received a laptop computer provided by the NCAA. Winners of the mural contest were the Luscher Charter School, which will receive two desktop computers. In addition, each student and school that participated also received additional gifts, including a donation for art supplies for each participating school in the mural contest. The murals and essays were displayed around New Orleans during the 2013 Women's Final Four weekend.
Presidential Lifestyle Award signed by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. provided 22 ball racks and 550 basketballs that were later distributed to the participating schools. The Pinnacle of Fitness winners were the Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School, Lusher Charter School, McDonogh #32 Literacy Charter School and Lagniappe Academies.
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"Events like the NCAA Women's Final Four help to continue to spread the message of New Orleans as a host destination. We are proud of the event that was hosted and appreciative that 30,000 fans traveled to New Orleans to experience the event and the city," said Kim Boyle, chairwoman of the New Orleans Local Organizing Committee. "It was important to the NCAA and to us that when an event of the magnitude of the Women's Final Four came to town that our community felt the positive effects not only when the games were being played, but for many years following."
About the NCAA and Division I Women's Basketball
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic 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 http://www.ncaa.org/ and http://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, Capital One and Coca-Cola - and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners - Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's (Hershey's), Unilever and UPS.
NCAA women's basketball is characterized by strong fundamentals, high quality of play, sportsmanship, role model student-athletes and family oriented entertainment. The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures show 84 percent of NCAA Division I women's basketball players graduate. In terms of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, which measures term-by-term academic success, the overall score is 970, well above the NCAA benchmark of 930.
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