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While the University of Dayton plays host to the NCAA First Four games, other schools in the region are providing a big boost to the event.
Wright State University’s College of Engineering & Computer Science is a sponsor and exhibitor for the Hoopla STEM Challenge. Clark State Community College came aboard this year as a sponsor of the Hoopla Ticket program and Sinclair Community College has purchased tickets through the Local Organizing Committee.
“What we have seen over the last few years is tremendous support from the Dayton region as a whole,” said JP Nauseef, chair of the First Four Local Organizing Committee. “Support from other colleges and universities like Wright State, Sinclair and Clark State demonstrate the immense value the entire region serves to gain from hosting the tip-off to March Madness every year.”
From its Fairborn campus, Wright State has played an especially large role.
For starters, as another Division I team, the Raiders add mass to what makes Dayton region the epicenter of college basketball.
In years past, WSU has been a sponsor of the Hoopla Ticket Program and Hoopla community events, such as supporting the festival in 2012. It also provided tickets to Wright State post-season games at the Nutter Center through the Hoopla program, which went to members of the military. That includes the CBI Tournament in 2013 and the Horizon League Championship game in 2014.
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