Big Ten Celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 1, 2009

Park Ridge, Ill. - In a continued effort to commemorate the achievements of African-Americans on Big Ten campuses, the conference office announced the 22 student-athletes to be recognized on the Big Ten's Black History Month website.  Throughout February, the website will feature stories on current and former student-athletes from each institution and can be accessed at

The distinguished group includes: Illinois' Willie Williams (men's track and field) and Jonelle Polk (women's basketball), Indiana's Mike Woodson (basketball) and Danielle Carruthers (women's track and field), Iowa's Andre Tippett (football) and Tia Jackson (women's basketball), Michigan's Scooter Vaughn (hockey) and Tiffany Ofili (women's track and field), Michigan State's Charles Thornhill (football) and Lauren Aitch (women's basketball), Minnesota's Jim Brewer (men's basketball) and Corinne Bolder (women's soccer), Northwestern's Rohan Gardner (wrestling) and Katrina Adams (women's tennis), Ohio State's Michael Redd (men's basketball) and Tracey Hall (women's basketball), Penn State's John Amaechi (men's basketball) and Nadia Edwards (women's volleyball), Purdue's Forest Farmer (football) and Cheryl Flowers (women's volleyball) and Wisconsin's Marcus Landry (basketball) and Chavon Robinson (women's track and field).

The Black History Month website also features stories on the conference's first African-American student-athlete--Moses "Fleetwood" Walker--and arguably the most famous track and field athlete of all-time in Jesse Owens.  The website also includes archived stories on student-athletes previously recognized on the Big Ten's Black History Month website.  In addition, the site features information on the Big Ten's contributions through the Advisory Commission, the SCORE (Success Comes Out of Reading Everyday) program and the C.D. Henry internship.