Hoopla Ticket Program

The Hoopla Ticket Program is the committee’s highly successful, charitable community outreach program. Each ticket purchased as part of the Hoopla Ticket Program is donated to a local student, a military serviceman or military family.

Garnering the financial support from multiple NBA players, the Hoopla Ticket Program has provided, free-of charge, over 23,000 tickets in the last several years with over 6,500 tickets donated in 2016 alone.

2016 NBA advocates included:

  • Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks
  • Norris Cole, Oklahoma City Thunder (Dayton Dunbar H.S., ’07)
  • Brian Roberts, Charlotte Hornets (University of Dayton, ’08)


Leading up to the 2012 NCAA First Four, the Hoopla Ticket Program was launched by the committee. The program accomplishes key objectives as it relates to ticket sales and ticket utilization to produce a high-level energy unique to many early round tournament sites.

Each donated student ticket provides a one-of-a-kind experience for an at-risk or underprivileged child from the Dayton region to attend an NCAA Tournament game; in many cases, the student’s first college basketball game. Many 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 are donated to active-duty servicemen and their families to provide unmatched visibility, recognition and appreciation for the United States Air Force and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio’s largest single-site employer. The committee and all benefactors use these tickets as a “thank you” to military heroes serving our great country who live and contribute daily in our great communities. The committee works closely with Wright-Patt personnel to insure that each ticket is donated and distributed according to Air Force guidelines. In fact, in July 2014 Air Force Times ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base #1 base nationally in large part thanks to community support and donation of tickets to Airmen.