Dribble to Work Day is observed on March 14 every year in the U.S. This is a promotional event to get more people interested in women’s sports, especially basketball. Fans of basketball and the NCAA Tournament observe the day by dribbling their way to work. Some organizations may even conduct friendly matches between their employees. People post photos of themselves dribbling to work or playing basketball to mark Dribble to Work Day. How do you feel about participating in this fun challenge? Pull out a basketball and get going!
History of Dribble to Work Day
Dribble to Work Day started as an anticipated event promoted by the NCAA Women’s Basketball League. The day gets the fans excited for “Selection Monday,” where judges reveal the players for the top four women’s college basketball teams. These players go on to participate in the NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament.
Dribble to Work Day was first organized by the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission in 2015. Since then, basketball fans have warmed up to the celebrations. The most common way to celebrate Dribble to Work Day is by literally dribbling your way to work — especially if you live close by. In the first year of Dribble to Work Day, the hashtag #WFFDribble was used. The winner would be the one with the most creative video and they would take their first shot at the NCAA Women’s Final Four court at Amalie Arena and the games would be declared open. The Business of Sports declared this holiday a success since the days got active coverage by three local television stations. Nearly 700 social media posts used #WFFDribble leading to nearly five million social media impressions!
The NCAA was founded in 1906 to regulate the rules of college sports and promote young athletes. At the start of the twentieth century, mass formations and gang tackling made football a brutal sport. During the 1904 season, 18 deaths and 159 serious injuries occurred on the field. Some institutions halted football on their campuses and the public demanded the sport be reformed or abolished. In October 1905, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt urged universities to clean up the game. As football deaths and injuries continued during the 1905 season, New York University Chancellor Henry M. MacCracken got 13 schools to reform football playing rules. Soon after, 62 colleges and universities became members of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the U.S., the precursor to the NCAA.
Dribble to Work Day timeline
Members of the NCAA are listed under divisions I, II, and III.
The first women’s teams are crowned champions by NCAA.
NCAA requires college students to attain certain academic qualifications in order to become members.
Health and safety becomes the foremost concern of the NCAA during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dribble to Work Day FAQs
What is the full name of the NCAA?
The NCAA stands for National Collegiate Athletic Association.
How long do you have to play in the NCAA?
The NCAA gives you five years to compete in four seasons athletically, with the fifth year being a red-shirt year.
What does the NCAA do?
The NCAA functions as a general legislative and administrative authority for men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics.
Dribble to Work Day Activities
Dribble to work
Celebrate Dribble to Work Day by actually dribbling a basketball to work. If your workplace is far away from where you live, you could dribble your way to the subway station, bus stop, or even the nearest sidewalk.
Play a game of basketball
Shoot some hoops in your spare time. You could also organize a friendly competition between employees at your workplace.
Watch a basketball match
Support women’s sports and cheer for them at a match on Dribble to Work Day. Find out if there are any basketball tournaments taking place nearby and watch a game with fellow basketball fans.
5 Facts About Basketball Orgins
Basketball was invented in 1891
James Naismith had originally invented basketball as an indoor winter game.
It was originally played with soccer balls
The original game was played with soccer balls and a peach basket.
Dribbling was not allowed
The players had to throw the ball at each other while moving across the court.
The game was much shorter
It was played in two halves of 15 minutes each.
Number of players wasn’t specified
The original game did not specify how many players would be on each side.
Why We Love Dribble to Work Day
It encourages women’s sports
Organizations such as the NCAA and celebrations such as Dribble to Work Day encourage more and more women to participate in sports. It also raises awareness regarding female athletes and their achievements.
It is fun
We love Dribble to Work Day because it is so much fun! Work commute can be boring but imagine how much fun it would be if we dribbled to work every day.
Time to get moving
The great thing about Dribble to Work Day is that it gets all of us moving. You could dribble, play a game of basketball, and get your daily dose of exercise. How cool is that!
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