Approximately 100 elementary school students from Louis Armstrong Public School in Chicago helped launch the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour on Wednesday at the Big Ten's office in Park Ridge, Ill.
Part of the Big Ten's SCORE program, the students were the first to participate in the mobile tour's activities and to have their pictures taken with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, which made its first public appearance Wednesday morning.
The Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy was designed and manufactured by Jostens. The trophy is 30 inches tall with etched optic crystal pillars, accented with acrylic and hand-polished metal. The football at the top of the trophy is removable. The football is silver-plated and hand-polished to a mirror finish and features the Big Ten logo. The ball was sculpted in wax and forged out of bronze, using the centuries-old lost wax method. The removable football weighs 18 pounds.
The Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy will be available for fans to visit as the mobile tour makes multiple tops on each Big Ten campus. The first campus stop is in Bloomington for the Virginia at Indiana game on Sept. 10. Follow @B1GMobileTour on Twitter for more details on the tour.
Pictures of the mobile tour launch and of the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy can be found below.