Since 2012, The Big Hoopla NCAA First Four® has showcased Dayton’s collaborative spirit, basketball unity and affinity for our military heroes serving locally and around the world. The NCAA Basketball Tournament presents a tremendous opportunity to come together as a community, and as a country, to celebrate the great things that can be accomplished with teamwork, dedication, and a shared goal.
Bringing the #FirstFour to Dayton wouldn’t be possible without you!
We are actively planning the 2022 Big Hoopla. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, event details may not be confirmed until a later date, and all events are subject to change. We will continue to comply with all current COVID safety protocols, NCAA regulations, CDC guidelines, and local mandates. Check back often for the latest updates.
Hoopla 4 Miler
Four Miles of Fun
Here in Dayton we make it more than just about basketball, it’s four full days of activities and the start of all those festivities is the Big Hoopla 4 Miler. On Selection Sunday, we start the day with a 4 miler that starts and finishes right in the heart of downtown Dayton. The course crosses over two rivers, skirts by three MetroParks, and is as fast as it is scenic.
All participants receive a long sleeve tech tee, a custom finisher medal, free race photos, tons of post race food, and enjoy live music from DJ Ron Perry! So grab a friend or family member and come celebrate the excitement of March Madness with us at the Big Hoopla 4 Miler!
Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 9:00AM
110 S Jefferson St
Dayton, OH 45402
Hoopla Family Festival
Tip Off The Big Hoopla with Family-Friendly Fun & Basketball
The Oregon District Business Association and the Big Hoopla are proud to invite you and your family to the Oregon District for a FREE Family Festival on March 13, 2022. Share the excitement as we tip-off the coming basketball tournament season! Bring the entire family to enjoy activities and special events. It’s a celebration of basketball, Dayton, and the greatest fans in college hoops.
Registration coming soon!
Hoopla STEM Challenge
Take Your Shot at STEM, Prizes & Fun
On March 13, 2022, treat your favorite student to an exciting event ties together the excitement and passion for college basketball to the power of STEM education. Open to K–8 students, the STEM Challenge features fun science, technology, engineering, and math demonstrations, educational activities, and a basketball ‘hot shot’ contest with prizes awarded for each shot made!
Regional and national STEM partners will also be on-site to engage students.
Registration coming soon!