'BTN LiveBIG' spotlights Michigan State programs

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Friday with stories about Michigan State’s investigative documentary, Spartans Will 360, and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which brings African students to East Lansing. The episode will air at approximately Midnight ET Friday following Frozen Friday: Final Rush.

This episode includes the 11-person film crew, which traveled the world to discover the story of Spartans making a difference. Traveling to four continents, 11 countries and 16 cities over a 10-week span, the crew learned the true nature of Michigan State’s global footprint. Also featured in the episode is the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which helps educate and equip students from Africa with the skills they need to make an impact when they return home.

The show will also feature a look at Michigan State professor Adrian Blow, who is working to help military veterans reintegrate into life at home after serving overseas. Also during the show, men’s football coach Mark Dantonio shares his thoughts on how the opportunity to make a difference can turn someone into a giver for the rest of their life, and basketball coach Tom Izzo shares why he is so proud to call himself a Spartan.

For more information on upcoming episodes, please visit www.BTNLiveBIG.com. Fans can also follow BTN LiveBIG on Facebook and Twitter.

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