On Friday, April 5, members of the top four women’s collegiate basketball teams will walk the red carpet at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans for the Salute Premiere, kicking off the 2013 Women's Final Four weekend. While the focus is on three games to determine the nation’s best team, a variety of community activities will draw New Orleanians of all ages into the festivities.
Basketball skills clinics and fitness programs for youth are part of the community events being held during the NCAA Women’s Final Four tournament in New Orleans. (Photo from the NCAA)
There will be youth basketball clinics, a walk/run event benefiting cancer research, a ball dribbling event for kids and free entertainment at Tourney Town, just for starters.
The New Orleans Arena adjacent to the Superdome will host the two semifinal games on Sunday, April 7, followed by the national championship game on Tuesday, April 9. Tickets to the games are still available from the Tulane ticket office, 504-861-WAVE.
As the host institution for the Final Four in New Orleans, Tulane University plays a key role in organizing and managing the events, along with representatives from the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“This is a great opportunity for New Orleans and the Tulane community to participate in a national championship event,” said Vince Granito, associate Tulane athletics director who is one of three co-directors planning the events, which will include:
• The 4Kay Run
, (walkers are welcome) starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday (April 6).
• The Big Easy Bounce
, a free ball dribbling event for youth age 18 and younger, offering entertainment and a T-shirt and basketball for participants. It starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
• POWERADE NCAA Youth Clinics
, free events for boys and girls on Saturday morning at two locations.
Among free activities on Super Saturday afternoon at New Orleans Arena are open practices to watch the tournament teams and get their autographs; the Battle of the Bands, featuring pep bands from the four participating schools; and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game.
Registration and information on all Final Four events can be found here