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Sunday, 1 March, 2009 12:26 PM
Countdown Begins to NCAA® March Madness®
Just 30 days remain until the first game of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
Photo credit: www.ncaamarchmadness2009.com
DETROIT -- NCAA March Madness begins with the start of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, in just 30 days. This year’s tournament will culminate with the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four® weekend in Detroit, which begins on April 3 and ends with the championship game on April 6.
Hosting the NCAA Men’s Final Four is a historic first for Detroit. To celebrate the occasion, the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) and the NCAA are planning a wide range of fun and exciting activities for area residents and visitors to enjoy along with several community events and youth outreach programs.
passion and competitive spirit displayed by student-athletes,
coaches, and fans are what give the NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Championship the name March Madness,” said
Bill Ryan, executive director of the DLOC. “Metro Detroiters
and visitors are in for a treat as they get to witness the
best that college basketball has to offer.”
“We are hoping the theme of free concerts, community events and more resonates with area residents and visitors,” Ryan said. “There will be a weekend of community-focused activities that will offer something for everyone.”
In addition to the championship games, the weekend features:
of other exciting events will take place throughout the weekend
– details can be found at NCAA.com/finalfour.
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 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. For more information, visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com.
The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions- AT&T, Coca-Cola and Pontiac-and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners- Enterprise, Hershey’s, The Hartford, Lowe's, Sheraton and State Farm.
NCAA, Final Four, and YES are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit. UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States.
Source: NCAA Final Four
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