Annual Dayton Big Hoopla events scheduled

Annual Dayton Big Hoopla events scheduled

Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry Jr., Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, administers the oath of enlistment to delayed enlistment personnel during halftime at the 2017 NCAA First Four game (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Annual Dayton Big Hoopla events scheduled

Airmen from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, hold a large, garrison-size American flag during the opening ceremony at a 2017 NCAA First Four game. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The NCAA® First Four® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship games held at the University of Dayton Arena are three months away, but there are many Big Hoopla events to get involved in before the big day.

- March 11 - Hoopla Four Miler at the UD’s River Campus. Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m. at UD’s Meyer Room at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio. The race will follow at 10 a. m. You can also pre-register at www.daytonhoopla.com. The Big Hoopla and Key Sports have teamed up to provide all Wright-Patt personnel with a 20 percent military discount if you use promo code: WPAFB20.  All pre-registered runners receive a t-shirt and all participants will receive a medal. The four-mile course will start and finish at the UD River Campus. A post-race celebration will follow on selection Sunday at the Meyer Room.

- March 11 - Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade-Julienne High School. This is a free basketball skills competition and educational event for boys and girls, grades K-8. Check-in starts at noon. Pre-registration is encouraged and now open at www.daytonhoopla.com. The STEM Challenge combines the excitement of March Madness with the power of STEM education. Participants will be provided free pizza and a Hoopla t-shirt as a registration gift. During the “hot-shot” contest students will compete for a variety of prizes which are awarded for point totals based on the shots made. Regional and national partners will be on-site to engage students with hands-on STEM exhibits, Including Wright-Patterson Education & Outreach, Air Force Research Laboratory, 88th Air Base Wing, the Boonshoft Museum, Scene75, and others.

- March 12 - NCAA First Four Open Practices at the UD Arena from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and March 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Watch the teams practice at this free event open to the public. Parking is free, and T-shirts will be given away to the first 100 people each day. (Times subject to change)

- March 13-14 - NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Championship First Four Games at UD Arena starting at 6:30 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. (Tip off times subject to change)

Last year the Big Hoopa ticket program donated over 6,500 tickets to active-duty Airmen and their families to recognize and show appreciation for the United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. These tickets are to say “thank you” to military serving our country.

For the 18th consecutive year, the road to the Final Four® starts in Dayton, Ohio with the 2018 NCAA First Four. For more information on pre-game events, visit DaytonHoopla.com. For the latest updates with the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament visit NCAA.com.