WBB: A Hoops Host Happy to Help

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Dedman.JPGThe Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC) and the City of Indianapolis know a thing or two about hosting big sporting events.  Dubbed as the "amateur sports champion," the ISC has long been a supporter of the Big Ten Conference.  It has helped host the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in all but one year since 1995 and the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in six previous seasons.

The ISC hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four last year, and will soon host the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four and Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.  A few months ago, the Big Ten announced the ISC and Lucas Oil Stadium will serve as host of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2011.

At Wednesday night's Big Ten Tournament volunteer meeting, John Dedman, ISC Vice President of Communications, said the ISC has been active in the planning of this year's tournament since the end of the 2010 event.

"We're ready to welcome the 11 Big Ten universities, their student-athletes and coaches, and their fans to Indianapolis for another year of great basketball," said Dedman.  "Our local organizing committee has been hard at work since the 2010 tournaments concluded, preparing for this year's tournaments and the surrounding fan events."

Dedman was busy Wednesday working with his fellow ISC staffers to educate the 300 volunteers scheduled to work this week's tournament, many of whom, Dedman said, have volunteered at this event for years.

Meanwhile the City of Indianapolis continued installing street-pole banners and signs throughout the downtown area near Conseco Fieldhouse, making sure Big Ten Country feels right at home in the Circle City.

"Obviously, Conseco Fieldhouse is built to host first-class events like the Big Ten Basketball Tournaments and Indianapolis, downtown in particular, carries a distinct buzz this time of year," said Dedman.

Now all that's left to do is turn on the lights and the television cameras tomorrow and throw the ball in the air! 

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