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


Historic North Commons Park will receive upgrades to its community center and indoor basketball facilities, which have served as a safe-haven and hoops training ground for children in North Minneapolis since 1907. The 25-plus acre park, which has served as the “home court” for generations of young athletes, had its first basketball hoops installed in 1908. NCAA corporate partner Dove Men+Care (with help from Unilever & Target volunteers) kicked off the restoration process with an impactful day of service on January 16 which included activities ranging from construction preparation to clean-up work in the computer labs, study hall, and arts and crafts rooms at North Commons Park. The full project will provide the community center new backboards, rims, safety straps and wall padding, a new wireless PA system, LED light system, custom paint job, refurbished basketball court and a youth inspired mural. The refurbished court and community center will be unveiled during the first week of April.

Special thank you to Dove Men+Care for its generous contribution.

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.