TAMPA, FL -The NCAA Women’s Final Four is one of America’s most prestigious women’s championship sporting events, and this April it will be coming to Tampa Bay and the Amalie Arena. The crowning of the national champion on April 7 will be the pinnacle experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans, but in addition to the games, a number of ancillary events are planned for the entire Tampa community, with registration now available.
Ancillary events currently accepting online registration at www.NCAA.com/WomensFinalFour are the 4Kay® Run presented by Northwestern Mutual, Coca-Cola® NCAA Youth Clinics and Bounce by the Bay refreshed by Coca-Cola, with all taking place on Saturday, April 4.
“The Women’s Final Four offers numerous fan interactive opportunities whether or not you have a game ticket,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president, women’s basketball championships. “The Women’s Final Four is more than three games and we encourage the entire Tampa and Hillsborough community, as well as the thousands of women’s basketball fans and coaches in attendance, to take advantage of every opportunity and register now.”
Saturday, April 4
4Kay Run presented by Northwestern Mutual
Fans and families are invited to participate in the 8th annual 4Kay Run presented by Northwestern Mutual.
A mainstay of the Women’s Final Four since 2008, the run will be held April 4 with the start at 8 a.m. at Tourney Town™ presented by Capital One™, adjacent to Amalie Arena. The course will run throughout downtown Tampa and along Bayshore Boulevard.
Registration for the 5K run is $30 if you sign up online before the day of the race or $35 on-site. For the 1-Mile Fun Run, a first participant costs $15, with each additional participant only $10. Registration the day of the race will start at 6:30 a.m. The first 750 registrants will receive a 4Kay Run race shirt.
The run is held in honor of the late North Carolina State women’s basketball head coach Kay Yow and all race proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund™ for cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to the fight against women’s cancers by raising funds for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and a galvanizing voice for the Association. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and battled the disease for the third time before her passing on January 24, 2009 at the age of 66. In her 38 years as a head coach at the college-level, Yow is one of only six Division I head women's basketball mentors to achieve 700 career victories. Yow was also the head coach of the 1988 US Olympic Team that won the gold medal in Seoul.
Conducted each year in the host city of the Women’s Final Four, the 4Kay Run has now helped raise over $260,000 since its inception in Tampa as part of the 2008 Women’s Final Four.
Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics
Local youth, grades 3-8, are invited to participate in the Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics which will be held Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. at Tourney Town presented by Capital One (adjacent to Amalie Arena) and the University of South Florida (4202 East Fowler Avenue).
Coca-Cola NCAA Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects youth with selected championships and provides them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Participants will receive basketball instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes and get valuable information on recruiting, eligibility and youth sports issues.
Clinics are free, but space is limited and online pre-registration is highly encouraged. Participants will receive a t-shirt and promotional item while having fun and learning about healthy, active lifestyles.
Bounce by the Bay refreshed by Coca-Cola
Area girls and boys are invited to join mascots, marching bands, and thousands of youth dribbling their way around Amalie Arena during the Bounce by the Bay refreshed by Coca-Cola, which will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m.
The Bounce will start at Amalie Arena and end in Tourney Town, located adjacent to the arena. On-site registration and entertainment begin at 11:30 a.m.
The event is free, but space is limited and online pre-registration is highly encouraged. The first 2,000 participants will receive a basketball and t-shirt.
About the NCAA and NCAA Women’s Basketball
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
NCAA women’s basketball is characterized by strong fundamentals, high quality of play, sportsmanship, role model student-athletes and family oriented entertainment. The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures show 85 percent of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players graduate. In terms of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, which measures term-by-term academic success, the overall score is 972, well above the NCAA benchmark of 930.