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NCAA community engagement highlights from 2021-22 academic year

PUBLISHED August 17, 2022 | News

National championships, member schools leave lasting impact on local communities

Community engagement is a pillar for the NCAA, its member schools and student-athletes who serve others in several ways during their college careers. While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted this connection between athletics and communities, much of it returned in the 2021-22 academic year across college sports.

Below are some highlights of how the NCAA, schools and student-athletes gave back to various communities in the 2021-22 academic year.

Legacy Restoration Program

A new Dream Court outdoor playing surface at Hall STEM Academy in Minneapolis was installed as part of the 2022 Women’s Final Four. Nancy Lieberman Charities led the effort, in partnership with the NCAA, the Minnesota Local Organizing Committee and Sport Court. Through the Legacy Restoration Project, new courts are installed in underserved communities within the host cities of the Women’s Final Four. After the official unveiling in May, a basketball skills clinic was held for local students. In addition to the playing surface, Hall STEM Academy also received an outdoor learning center, made possible by a contribution from Degree, the official deodorant of the NCAA. The enhancements include an outdoor classroom learning space and playground equipment for pre-K students.

For the 2022 Men’s Final Four in New Orleans, the Morris F.X. Jeff Sr. Recreation Center was renovated thanks to an investment from Degree, as well as the partnership of the NCAA and local organizing committee. The Legacy Restoration Project is part of the NCAA’s commitment to making an impact in communities hosting the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours each year. The NCAA works with the local organizing committee for the Men’s Final Four to identify youth programs and community centers to support with facilities upgrades, school supplies and products sponsored by Unilever.