Few states embrace basketball as much as Indiana does, and Indianapolis is a frequent host of the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament. The 2011 Women’s Final Four took place a few months ago at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers of the NBA and the Indiana Fever of the WNBA.
For basketball fans and sports lovers in general, the NCAA Hall of Champions pays homage to great moments in college sports and offers interactive games and activities for visitors of all ages. This summer, the museum features special exhibits on women in athletics and Division III athletic achievements.
None of my favorite schools won a national title this year, but I looked at the wall of banners honoring NCAA champions in all sports and all divisions just to make sure. I did learn, however, that there were championships in rifle and women’s bowling!
On the second floor, I walked into a room with a basketball court and a rack of balls for anyone wanting to take a few shots. On the hardwood floor were small circular discs in multiple locations, each containing a descriptive paragraph about the historical significance of that spot on the court.
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