Each $1,000 towards the Hoopla Ticket Program provides 80 tickets to Wright-Patt Airmen and students.

With the support of NBA players and local businesses, the Hoopla Ticket program has donated over 40,000 tickets free-of-charge since 2012.







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A student ticket provides a one-of-a-kind experience for an underprivileged child from the Dayton region to attend an NCAA Tournament game; in many cases, the student’s first college basketball game. The majority of these tickets are used to award diligent students (K-8) for their continued passion and dedication to STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and math.

Military tickets give active-duty servicemen and their families unmatched visibility, recognition, and appreciation for the United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We use these tickets to demonstrate our appreciation to the military heroes serving our country while they support Dayton communities. The committee works closely with Wright-Patt personnel to ensure that each ticket is donated and distributed according to Air Force guidelines.

Disclaimer: The Big Hoopla Inc. (fka First Four Events Inc.) does not assign or secure sponsorship for activation during the NCAA® events. The NCAA®, through its Corporate Champion and Partner Program, secures sponsorship in support of all of its 89 Championships. For information about the NCAA® Corporate Champion and Corporate Partner Program please visit the NCAA® Corporate Partner Program page.

The Big Hoopla is not an IRS designated 501(c)3 organization. The Big Hoopla is an Ohio non-profit corporation that acts as the legal entity for the local organizing committee in Dayton, Ohio for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and the NCAA First Four.