Big Ten Conference Launches Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour



Aug. 29, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the launch of the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour that will visit each Big Ten campus this football season. The tour will highlight the new Big Ten Football Championship Trophy and launches on Wednesday from the Big Ten offices in Park Ridge, Ill., where a group of area students will join conference employees for a tailgate-style celebration.

The mobile tour will entertain and educate fans about the new era of Big Ten football and the exciting road ahead – two divisions, the championship weekend in Indianapolis, 18 new trophies and the path to the Rose Bowl or BCS National Championship Game.

The tour will stop at a different campus each week, from Thursday through game day on Saturday, and will contain interactive activities, including the opportunity for fans to have their picture taken with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. The tour will also feature television sets on site for fans to keep up with other games around the conference.

The complete mobile tour schedule can be found below.

Each Big Ten school has selected one student to report on the events surrounding the mobile tour by using different outlets such as blogs, Twitter and YouTube. Visit the Big Ten Mobile Tour Blog (www.bigten.org/blog/mobile-tour), Twitter page (@B1GMobileTour) and YouTube page (www.YouTube.com/B1GMobileTour) to learn more about these reporters, and follow them often to keep track of the mobile tour. At the end of the season, fans will vote for their favorite reporter, and the winner will have the opportunity to attend the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice.

The mobile tour launches from Park Ridge at 10:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday, August 31. Approximately 100 elementary school children from the Big Ten’s SCORE program will send the RV on its way and will be among the first to participate in the tour’s activities and have their picture taken with the championship trophy.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $120 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 9,500 men and women student-athletes. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

About SCORE: In 1989, the Big Ten Conference sought an opportunity to help make a difference in the community...to expand and supplement educational opportunities available to children in the Chicago metropolitan area. In January of 1990 the Big Ten partnered with Genevieve Melody School to begin a recreational reading program in that school which is commonly referred to as SCORE – Success Comes Out of Reading Everyday. The program has grown to include grades kindergarten through eight at two different schools. Partnering with Genevieve Melody School and Louis Armstrong School the Big Ten initiative has served nearly 6,500 students and provided almost 10,000 books since the program’s inception. Activities are scheduled throughout the academic year to engender reading enthusiasm among the students and to inspire them to develop a love for reading that will last a lifetime.


Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour Schedule

August 31: Launch from Big Ten offices in Park Ridge, Ill.

Sept. 10: Virginia at INDIANA (Bloomington, Ind.)

Sept. 17: Southeast Missouri State at PURDUE (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Sept. 24: Colorado at OHIO STATE (Columbus, Ohio)

Oct. 1: MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Oct. 8: OHIO STATE at NEBRASKA (Lincoln, Neb.)

Oct. 15: NORTHWESTERN at IOWA (Iowa City, Iowa)

Oct. 22: PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN (Evanston, Ill.)

Oct. 29: IOWA at MINNESOTA (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Nov. 5: MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE (East Lansing, Mich.)

Nov. 12: NEBRASKA at PENN STATE (University  Park, Pa.)

Nov. 19: WISCONSIN at ILLINOIS (Champaign, Ill.)

Nov. 26: PENN STATE at WISCONSIN (Madison, Wis.)

Dec. 3: Big Ten Football Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)