Community Engagement

The NCAA is committed to leaving a legacy for all communities that host a championship. Working alongside the Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee, the NCAA will host youth programs, sustainability programs and upgrade a local park through its Legacy Restoration project.

Fundamental Football at North Commons Park, Minneapolis MN
North Commons Gymnasium

Legacy Restoration

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

North Commons Parka more than century-old Minneapolis park on the city’s North Side, will be the site of the NCAA’s next Legacy Restoration project. The 25-plus acre park, which has served as the “home court” for generations of young athletes, had its first basketball goals installed in 1908. Details around the Legacy Restoration initiative will be shared in the coming months.

Future Stars Interns

The MLOC, in partnership with Step-up/Achieve Minneapolis, Youthprise and other youth-serving organizations, operates a paid internship program for highly qualified, diverse youth and young adults. Interns have professional development courses, job shadow and networking opportunities, interlaced with work projects to advance our event development.


The NCAA and MLOC will strive to ensure the Final Four and surrounding events are activated in the most responsible ways possible. Plans will address a variety of opportunities for recycling, energy efficiency and more.