Volunteers cleanup downtown Wichita ahead of NCAA games

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Dozens of volunteers spent their Sunday afternoon picking up loose trash scattered around the downtown Wichita area.

“We are trying to pick up as much trash as we can in the downtown area before the basketball tournament,” said Krystina Furst.

Furst helped organize the cleanup efforts knowing that the tournament will many people to Wichita.

“Any little bit of trash picked up is better than nothing,” she said. “We see a lot of trash down here, and we just want to clean it up.”

Thousands of basketball fans are expected to travel to Wichita in the middle of March for the NCAA basketball tournament; the tournament is being played inside the Intrust Bank Arena.

“Help make the town look better,” Furst said. “We have all these basketball fans coming into town, we don't want them to leave under the impression of Wichita being a dirty city.”

The volunteers spend several hours cleaning up trash, collecting 23 13-gallon trash bags worth of litter.

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