Big Ten Celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 1, 2007


PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the launch of its Black History Month website today to commemorate the achievements of African-Americans on Big Ten campuses. During the month of February, the website, which can be accessed at, will feature a story on a male and female student-athlete from each institution throughout the 28-day celebration.

"The contributions of these pioneering African-American student-athletes and coaches have been vitally important to the development of the Big Ten Conference," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "This celebration is not only a way to honor them but also reflect proudly on their accomplishments and achievements throughout their Big Ten career."

A total of 22 former student-athletes will be honored on the Big Ten's website. The distinguished group includes: Illinois' Kendall Gill (men's basketball) and Tonja Buford (women's track and field), Indiana's George Taliaferro (football) and Denise Jackson (women's basketball), Iowa's Larry Station (football) and Franthea Price (women's basketball), Michigan's MaliVai Washington (men's tennis) and Abby Crumpton (women's soccer), Michigan State's Magic Johnson (men's basketball) and Cheryl Gilliam (women's track and field), Minnesota's Tony Dungy (football) and Shani Marks (women's track and field), Northwestern's Ron Burton (football) and Anucha Browne (women's basketball), Ohio State's Bill Willis (football) and Stephanie Hightower (women's track and field), Penn State's Wally Triplett (football) and Connie Moore (women's track and field), Purdue's Eugene Parker (basketball) and Cathey Tyree (women's track and field/basketball) and Wisconsin's Sidney Williams (football) and Rose Thomson (women's cross country/track).

In addition, the Black History Month website will include information on the conference's contributions through the Advisory Commission, the SCORE (Success Comes Out of Reading Everyday) program and the C.D. Henry internship. All of these features can be found on the official conference website -