The tipoff for the national semifinals is still four days away, but the NCAA is already leaving its mark on San Antonio: a brand new park on the city's west side.
They're calling it Legacy Park, the 21st park to be built as part of San Antonio’s school park program. On Tuesday, the park was opened with the help of San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson.
"It's a blessing we can come into the community and show these kids, show these families how important they are to us,” he said. "For us to provide opportunities and safe zones in places where these kids can get out and exercise and play, I think San Antonio Sports has done an incredible job trying to create some of these spaces."
"We want to invite all of our friends. Promise me you're going to invite all your friends to play in this park because we want a lot of kids to come,” District 1 City Councilman Robert Trevino said.
The brand spanking new park is thanks to a partnership between San Antonio Sports, the NCAA and Dove Men+Care that helped open Legacy Park at Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Academy as part of the 2018 NCAA Final Four Legacy Project. Robinson told us,
"Every time kids or their families or the communities' families that drive by this court, I want them to drive by and think about people, giving to other people, think about why this is important, why we can't ignore each other,” Robinson added. “If you live on one side of town, you can't ignore people on the other side of town. We swim and we sink together."
The park isn't just meant for those kids at the Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Academy, but the entire community. So, you can come out, bring a basketball, and enjoy what the NCAA will be leaving behind for years after the championship game ends on Monday.