Chicago-Area Elementary School Students Help Launch Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour
Aug. 31, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. – Approximately 100 elementary school students from Louis Armstrong Public School in Chicago helped launch the Big Ten’s Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour at the Big Ten office in Park Ridge, Ill., on Wednesday morning.
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 Big Ten Conference would like to thank Louis Armstrong Public School for its participation in today’s event,” Big Ten Chief Communications Officer Diane Dietz said. “We value our partnership with the students and faculty, and were thrilled to have them join us at our tailgate party.”
“The Big Ten Conference has been extremely gracious to us over the years,” Armstrong principal Demetrius Bunch said. “We have estimated that over 2,500 students have been serviced by the Big Ten over the years, and we would like to thank the Big Ten Conference for their continued support and efforts.”
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.
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.