Before the University of Wisconsin football team defeated Nebraska to win the 2012 Big Ten Championship, it was a former Badger who took center stage for a special community initiative at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday, Nov. 30.
Cecil Martin, a four-year starter at fullback for Wisconsin in the late 1990's, served as honorary youth football coach during the inaugural "Allstate Big Ten Good Works Day," a skills clinic for schoolchildren from Indianapolis' Garden City Elementary School.
The two-hour event was hosted by Big Ten Conference sponsor Allstate Insurance Company in conjunction with the Big Ten, Indiana Sports Corporation and USA Football.
At the convention center's Dr. Pepper Field, more than 150 kids took part in various passing, catching and tackling drills, all part of USA Football's FUNdamentals program designed to teach children the basics of the sport in a fun and safe environment.
Tom Clarkson, field senior vice president for Allstate's North Central Region, and Martin addressed the kids before the start of the clinic, with Martin highlighting the importance of hard work, focus and perseverance in the pursuit of one's dreams. The former Philadelphia Eagle, Oakland Raider and Tampa Bay Buccaneer was twice named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for outstanding achievements in community service during his playing days at Wisconsin.