Impact the World: A New BTN Show

On January 10, BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Impact will take viewers on a journey around the world to illustrate how breakthroughs at all 12 Big Ten universities are improving lives. The actor Dennis Haysbert is hosting the series. Watch a promo for the series right here and learn more in this post.

The series will highlight 24 stories from all 12 Big Ten universities that demonstrate the benefits of Big Ten scientific, medical and sociological advances to people in the U.S. and around the world.

The debut episode will feature a series of stories illustrating the impact of advances in medical treatment. At Indiana University, a program called Horseshoes for Hope is helping children like 13-year-old Parker Eaton, who is autistic, improve her communications skills, and Horses for Heroes is helping Iraqi war veteran Justin Inabinette emerge from post-traumatic stress disorder.

At the University of Minnesota, researchers are blurring the lines between fantasy and reality to help paralyzed patients walk again through brain computer interface, or thought control. And Illinois, the first university to adapt sports and recreation programs for disabled students, is developing better and faster wheelchairs to encourage the growth of wheelchair basketball around the world.

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Nancy Gosz on 12/27/2011 @ 2:26pm EST Said:

Is BTN carried by cable in Mpls., MN?

    BTN.com staff on 12/28/2011 @ 1:16pm EST Said:

    Yes, it should be but we need to know the name of your specific TV provider (i.e. DirecTV) is. You can find out by going to our BTN ChannelFinder page and typing in your info. It’s free and easy. Let us know if you need anything else.

Jose Espada on 12/31/2011 @ 4:30pm EST Said:

The promo I saw today had one of our medical students at IU talking about making an impact in the world. She is an African American female student with braces. Do you have any more information about her segment that I can let people know about so they can tune in?

Jeff C on 1/7/2012 @ 2:13pm EST Said:

I love stuff like this! Just watching commercials for the colleges on the BTN makes me excited about the impact made by Big Ten schools. I will definitely tune in to this one.

Melody on 1/10/2012 @ 6:49pm EST Said:

I’m very excited about the program tonight. Justin Inabinette, the veteran you’ll see in this episode, is my son. Horseshoes of Hope/Horses for Heroes, and specifically John Lambert, has been enormously supportive of Justin’s recovery. Justin always leaves there with a more positive outlook on life. The bonds Justin has made with the horses from John’s guidance can’t be expressed in words. It’s priceless! Having met John a couple times while observing my son, he has a heart of gold and a true passion to help people (especially children) make the connection with horses an invaluable experience. Thanks to the BTN and producers of ‘Impact the World’ for showing how effective this program is. And a huge thanks to John Lambert for all the time and support he puts into Horseshoes of Hope.