COMMUNITY

The NCAA is committed to leaving a legacy for all communities that host a championship. Working alongside the Atlanta Basketball Host Committee, the NCAA will host a number of youth and sustainability programs and upgrade a local park through its Legacy Restoration project.

Read to the Final Four 

Designed to leave a lasting, positive impact on the students of Metro Atlanta, the NCAA and Atlanta Basketball Host Committee have teamed up to promote and inspire reading growth among local third graders. This signature program offers several ways to participate, while the main event is an engaging, bracketed reading competition for local third graders, by using a digital literacy platform. Schools compete as a school-wide 3rd-grade reading team and advance through rounds of competition that mirror the basketball tournament.

The competition concludes in April during the Final Four and the top “Final Four” schools will win a field trip to Fan Fest where they will be recognized in a special award ceremony.

School registration begins in Fall 2019. More details to come. 

Legacy Restoration Project 

The Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club has been selected as the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four Legacy Restoration Project recipient and will receive upgrades to its indoor basketball court and learning center. The Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club is one of 22 club sites located in Metro Atlanta where many children are fighting an uphill battle. The state of Georgia reports high rates of high school dropouts, teen pregnancy and obesity compared to national averages. Through character building, healthy lifestyles and academic programming the Boys & Girls Club is helping change the narrative and is providing youth with needed resources and role models. This Legacy Restoration Project will further support over 385 youth and teenagers that are Joseph B. Whitehead Boys & Girls Club members. The Atlanta Basketball Host Committee and NCAA are honored to play a small role in helping shape metro Atlanta’s next generation of leaders.