DAYTON, OHIO, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – With exactly four weeks until the NCAA tournament tips-off in Dayton, Ohio for the fifteenth consecutive year, momentum continues to build as the Local Organizing Committee announced additional support from 14-year NBA veteran Mike Miller of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“My March Madness experience is one of my most fond memories from my time as a college player. Providing the opportunity for students in Ohio to attend the game live and have a dream of playing on that stage one day is something I am thrilled to be involved in,” said Mike Miller, Guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In its fourth year, the Hoopla Ticket Program provides tickets free-of-charge for local students and United States military serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to attend NCAA tournament games. Information on the Hoopla Ticket Program can be found by visiting daytonhoopla.com/tickets.
“The Hoopla Ticket Program is one of the most unique programs I have seen, especially in a community like Dayton, and a state like Ohio, which has big military presence,” Miller continued.
“The committee is grateful for the support from Mike, his family and the Mike Miller Foundation,” said Matt Farrell of the First Four Local Organizing Committee. “Their contribution allows us to continue growing our highly successful charitable outreach program which benefits students and allows us to provide unmatched visibility to Airmen and Air Force families who call Wright-Patt home.”
Dating back to 2012, the Hoopla Ticket Program drawn attention and financial resources from multiple NBA players and national sponsors who have helped donate over 12,500 tickets to the First Four and various other college basketball games.
“I am looking forward to working with the local organizing committee in Dayton to support students and military with tickets to the NCAA Tournament,” said Miller.
“We can’t thank Mike and other NBA players who have joined the Hoopla Ticket Program in support of the military heroes serving at Wright-Patt. Their support further demonstrates a growing recognition around the country for Dayton’s kick off to March Madness. The University of Dayton Athletic Department, Matt Farrell and the entire LOC continue to scale this up to new heights,” said JP Nauseef, Chairman of The Big Hoopla and the First Four Local Organizing Committee in Dayton.
About The Big Hoopla & the First Four Local Organizing Committee:
T he University of Dayton appointed Local Organizing Committee is comprised of over 50 executives and community leaders from the Dayton region representing academia, small and large business, military, civic and government jurisdictions. The committee is organized to support the University of Dayton’s position as a preferred host site for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. While supporting the University, the LOC works collaboratively to drive significant, long-term economic value for the Dayton Region by leveraging the media reach of the NCAA Tournament and March Madness® in an effort to promote and advocate for the unique attributes of Dayton and Ohio.
2015 NCAA First Four & NCAA Tournament History at UD Arena:
The University of Dayton Arena has hosted 105 NCAA Tournament games, more than any site in America making it America’s #1 Host Site and making the Dayton region the Epicenter of College Basketball.
March Madness will tip-off from UD Arena on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 & 18 with the 2015 NCAA First Four. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting daytonhoopla.com/NCAATickets.