Big Ten Conference to Continue Recognition of Wounded Warriors at Men's Basketball Tournament

March 15, 2013

Chicago, Ill. -

The Big Ten Conference will continue to honor our nation's wounded heroes during the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Chicago's United Center. In partnership with Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP), the Big Ten invited Wounded Warriors from various branches of service, including the Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and Navy, to attend games of both the women's and men's basketball tournaments and be recognized at halftime.

Wounded Warriors attended each day of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, and were recognized at halftime of the fourth quarterfinal. Wounded Warriors will also be recognized today during halftime of the fourth quarterfinal of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, which will begin approximately at 8 p.m. CT.

WWP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation's history.

"We have four pillars that all of our programs fall under - physical health and wellness, mind, encouragement and economic empowerment," said Manager of Alumni Abbie Holland Schmit. "We're striving to create the most well-adjusted veterans this world has ever seen."

Over 47,000 service members have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. WWP is equipped to serve our military with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war. 

For more information on WWP, please visit

About Wounded Warrior Project: The mission of Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit



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 $136 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 8,200 men and women student-athletes, the most of any conference. For more information, visit