NCAA Women’s Final Four activities and events on Saturday, March 31st. All Tourney Town events are free and open to the public. (All times Mountain.)
9am – 4Kay Run Hydrated by Powerade Zero (Civic Center Park)
The 4Kay Run is held in honor of the late North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach Kay Yow. Proceeds from the run will benefit cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Walkers are strongly encouraged to participate. Online registration is $20, with on‐site registration $25. The first 1,500 registrants will receive a 4KAY® Run T‐shirt donated by Nike.
9am to 4pm – NCAA Girls Junior Journalism Workshop (Pepsi Center/Tourney Town)
The NCAA Girls Junior Journalism Workshop teaches middle school age girls the roles and responsibilities of journalists. Workshop participants, selected by the Denver Local Organizing Committee, will observe Women’s Final Four team practices on Saturday, March 31, with active participation encouraged at the coaches’ news conferences. Participants will learn radio, television and blogging techniques, while receiving instruction from local and national media professionals and aspiring journalists from local colleges and universities. Stories generated by participants will be posted online during the 2012 Women’s Final Four.
10:45am to 3:55pm – Open Practices and Team Autograph Sessions (Pepsi Center)
Practices, Pepsi Center (open to media/public)
11 a.m.‐noon Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team
12:05‐1:05 p.m. Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team
1:35‐2:35 p.m. Baylor Bears women’s basketball team
2:40‐3:40 p.m. Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team
Autograph Sessions, Pepsi Center (open to media/public)
10:45‐11:15 a.m. Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team
12:10‐12:40 p.m. Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team
2‐2:30 p.m. Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team
3:25‐3:55 p.m. Baylor Bears women’s basketball team
Talent Showdown Refreshed By Coca‐Cola Zero (Tourney Town @ Convention Center – Center Stage)
The Talent Showdown is a community outreach program created to locate and display the best in local singing talent the city has to offer during the championship weekend. Eligible contestants will have the opportunity to submit their audition materials for a chance to compete live at the Talent Showdown finals on Center Stage in Tourney Town. The winner of the Talent Showdown will have the chance to perform the National Anthem at the WBCA High School All‐America Game as well as receive prizes.
3:45pm to 4:15pm – Battle of the Bands (Pepsi Center)
(Free and open to the public)
The Battle of the Bands will be held immediately following the open practice sessions at Pepsi Center. This exciting, energy‐filled competition features the pep bands from the four institutions displaying their school spirit. The winner of the Battle of the Bands will be selected by the fans in attendance at open practice. Always a Women’s Final Four fan favorite, this fun competition symbolizes the passion and camaraderie of college basketball.
4:30pm – WBCA High School All‐America Game (Pepsi Center)
(Free and open to the public)
Since 1992, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has organized this prestigious event for the nation’s most gifted female high school basketball players. Former WBCA High School All‐Americans who have participated in this event include former student‐athletes such as Brittney Griner, Courtney Paris, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker and Maya Moore. Following open practices and autograph sessions for the Women’s Final Four teams, the WBCA High School All‐America Game will take place at Pepsi Center.