WBB: The Winning Design

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MiddleSchoolWinner.jpgIn one of yesterday's blog posts, BigTen.org highlighted the Middle School Curriculum Program -- a partnership the Big Ten Conference has had with the Indiana Sports Corporation and several Indianapolis middle schools for years.

Each year at the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, these middle schools are invited to attend their assigned Big Ten team's games at Conseco Fieldhouse.  These students are decked out in colorful shirts designed by one lucky student from the program.

Andretta Erickson, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee and member of the Indiana Sports Corp staff, oversees the relationship with the schools.

"One of our favorite things about the Big Ten Tournaments is the Middle School Curriculum Program," Erickson said.  "In addition to the educational component, the middle school students have learned about the student-athletes, corresponded with them, learned the fight song, and made posters to display at Conseco Fieldhouse. And then, many of the students come to games on Thursday or Friday, allowing them to see these role models on the court, which is a really cool experience for them. You'll definitely see a lot of students in lime green shirts going crazy in the stands."

This year's winning design, which was printed on 2,500 shirts, was done by Raheim Whitlow from Raymond Park Middle School.  Whitlow is shown above in his green shirt with members of the Indianapolis Local Organizing Committee.

(Photo by Peter Bick)

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