March Madness is here at last, and, as usual, the First Four opened the proceedings in Dayton! Hosting the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament every year is great for the region. The games opened with the Hoopla Four Miler run and STEM challenge.
The Hoopla Four Miler run began and ended at the University of Dayton River Campus. Over 300 people took part in the race—more than double last year’s number. The annual race is turning into a premier race of Southwest Ohio.
The Hoopla STEM Challenge is a basketball hot shot competition. Admission is free and anyone—boy or girl—in kindergarten to eighth grade is welcome to participate. The STEM challenge is held every year at Chaminade-Julienne High School. Partners demonstrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students to engage them in the STEM subjects.
Surrounding the March Madness First Four is an entire year of preparation. Thousands volunteer their time. Sponsors donate millions of dollars to fund it all. Best of all, it brings money to Dayton’s local economy and sets the city up on the national stage for all to see.