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Play Like You’re in the NCAA: Women’s Final Four Athletic Events in New Orleans

Thousands of kids will be dribbling basketballs through downtown New Orleans on Saturday, April 6.  Where will they be headed?  Tourney Town of course.  This event – The Big Easy Bounce – and many others, are all a part of the fan festival which surrounds and leads up to the Women’s Final Four basketball tournament happening here, in New Orleans from April 7-9.

And for those who are as of yet unaware, Tourney Town will in downtown New Orleans adjacent to the New Orleans Arena with programming and events on April 6, 7, and 9.  There will be concerts from national recording artists, the NCAA Women’s Final Four Pep Rally, basketball entertainers showing off their stuff, prizes, sports celebrities and much more.

There are also a variety of youth clinics being held for kids age 8-14 in an effort to provide them with the tools that they’ll need for basketball and life.  The participants receive direct instruction from NCAA coaches and student athletes in regards to fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. You can register for the the NCAA youth clinic leading up to the event.

Another event being held Saturday morning is the 4Kay Run which welcomes runners, walkers, and pets alike to participate in a 2.49 mile fun run/walk which is held in honor of the late NC State head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow.  All proceeds raised from the run/walk will directly benefit women’s cancer research.

And what would the NCAA Women’s Final Four be without Super Saturday?  During Super Saturday there are a variety of events which will let you engage with the athletes and join the four teams before they suit up and compete in the Final Four.  The athletes and coaches will be signing autographs at this event as well.  Also during Super Saturday is the Battle of the Bands, during which the bands from each of the four schools participating compete.  The winner of the Battle of the Bands, to top it off, is chosen by you.  The fans in attendance at open practices will get to help select the winner at this energetic show of school spirit.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday so be sure to head down there early!

You can also check out the daily schedule to make sure you attend everything your heart desires, and probably more, or this other great article here on which outlines some of the same events.  So head on down to the NCAA Women’s Final Four – even if you don’t plan on going to the game, there is more than enough activities that you can participate before, after, and during this great weekend for the family.

Like the Women’s Final Four on Facebook, follow the Women’s Final Four on Twitter and use the hashtag #ncaaWFF to stay up to speed on all the events.

Thomas Rush is an entrepreneur in New Orleans who currently serves in several capacities, most recently as the founder of Few and Far Company,  and COO of Yvelise Limoncello.

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