NCAA launches ‘mask madness’ initiative


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) As Hoosiers prepare to welcome the NCAA tournament and March Madness, tournament officials are preparing a safety initiative called “mask madness.”

More than 100,000 March Madness face masks are being distributed across the state, through the Final Four weekend in April. Eric Marvin, president of the Evansville Sports Corporation, said the goal is to promote health and safety by advocating social distancing and wearing a mask.

“Though there won’t be that many people to attend this year, so it’s a great opportunity to get masks in the hands of people and enjoy and celebrate basketball in the state of Indiana at the same time,” Marvin said.

The hashtag #MaskMadness is also being created as a place for people to go and share why they mask up.

Evansville is part of the madness this year. It will play host to the Division II men’s basketball championship.

(This story was originally published on January 25, 2021)

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