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The NCAA is committed to leaving a legacy for all communities that host a championship. Working alongside the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee, the NCAA will host free youth events, sustainability programs and enhance an afterschool program for local kids.
i play! afterschool, San Antonio Sports’ innovative afterschool program that ignites a love of sport in 3rd through 5th graders, while teaching them life lessons about active living, good nutrition and strong personal character. During the 2017-18 school year, i play! afterschool will serve 1,125 children in 45 elementary schools in San Antonio and Harlandale school districts. They will participate in five, 5-week sports development sessions to now include basketball thanks to the NCAA. The basketball unit will culminate in a fun tournament where the kids can demonstrate their new skills and parents, family and friends can cheer them on. The final four advancing schools will compete for the championship trophy on center court at Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One on Good Friday of Final Four weekend where all i play! afterschool participants will be invited for a free morning of play in this interactive fan zone.