Big Hoopla helps kick off Dayton March Madness

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Folks in Dayton are getting pumped up for the NCAA First Four games with a Big Hoopla.

The Big Hoopla is a community celebration with two special events surrounding the NCAA championship First Four games.

Ahead of the games, the community is joining in on the action with Saturday’s Hoopla Four-Miler and the Hoopla STEM Challenge.

The Hoopla Four-Miler is a run beginning and ending at the University of Dayton River Campus, with a post-run celebration.

The Hoopla STEM Challenge is a free-admission basketball hot shot competition open to boys and girls in grades K-8, held at Chaminade-Julienne High School. Regional and national partners will be on hand to engage students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics demonstrations.

March Madness begins in Dayton with the First Four games held March 17-1.

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