Final Four summit will focus on the growth and future of the game

A major women’s basketball summit will take place next weekend at the Final Four in Nashville:

Called the Women’s Final Four Summit, the gathering will draw representatives from all levels of women’s basketball, including representatives from USA Basketball, WNBA, AAU, intercollegiate athletic administrators and coaches.

It is the second meeting held since the June 2013 release of a white paper written by then-NCAA consultant Val Ackerman, who is currently the commissioner of the Big East Conference. The first NCAA Women’s Basketball White Paper Summit in September brought together NCAA conference representatives, campus athletics administrators, Division I women’s basketball head coaches, an on-court official, television executives and other stakeholders of the game.

The summit will be streamed on the NCAA YouTube channel and is scheduled to last six hours. Among the topics that will be discussed: youth development of the game, the business of women’s basketball and the overall state of women’s basketball.