‘Mask madness’ initiative will promote safety during NCAA tournament

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FILE – In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is shown. A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the last step for the association to change its rules but not the last word on how name, image and likeness compensation will work. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

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

The NCAA will promote coronavirus safety measures during the tournament including wearing masks and social distancing.

As part of the program, the NCAA will donate thousands of masks leading up to the tournament.

“We’re buying literally tens of thousands of masks, and we’re working with the governor’s office and related associations to distribute those to mayors across the state,” said Ryan Vaughn, president of Indiana Sports Corp.  “We really want to continue to stress the health and safety and wellness of Hoosiers.”

The NCAA is also partnering with a local health provider to administer coronavirus tests.

It also said it will provide a controlled environment for players, coaching staffs and officials.

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