For Sarah McNitt, a student advisor at the University of Iowa, the remarkable joy that came from winning five days in a row on Jeopardy! was mitigated by the fact that her mother passed away just one month before she appeared on the show. So to salute the woman who helped make her the kind of person who could win five days in a row on Jeopardy, McNitt is using some of her winnings to support a cause that could someday prevent her mother’s illness from being harmful to others. Marilyn McNitt died in October of 2013 from leukemia at
Next Saturday at halftime, Joe Barry Carroll’s work on the basketball court will be honored by the Boilermakers as they play host to rival Indiana. His work off the court – as an artist – has recently taken center stage on campus. Carroll was one of the best players to wear a Boilermaker uniform, earning first team All-America honors after the 1979-80 season. He was the number one overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, and spent 10 years in the league before hanging up his hi-tops. Now, Carroll’s creating work in a studio that will last much longer than
On Nov. 16, 2013, Northwestern lost a thriller at home versus Michigan in triple-overtime, 27-19. On gameday, Northwestern partnered with Under Armour, its apparel provider, and the Wounded Warrior Project, to produce special patriotic jerseys for the game. Although the game result came and went, the influence of the jerseys is ongoing. From the Monday of game week (Nov. 11) to the Wednesday after the game (Nov. 20), Northwestern opened an online auction for all of the game-issue jerseys worn by the Wildcats. The auction was hosted on nusports.com and 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project.
Five members of the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team from the University of Minnesota donated 60 sets of hockey equipment to youth hockey associations. A new center at Penn State received a major grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study – and solve – water pollution. The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team shaved their heads in solidarity with a new teammate – who’s nine years old. Last week, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo celebrated a birthday. Happy Birthday to Coach Tom Izzo. No chance he sees this, he has no twitter account? Cake & ice cream time!
A superstar with three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and nine Pro Bowls could easily keep his offseason to himself, but Tom Brady chooses to devote some of his time to Best Buddies. For more than a decade, Brady, a University of Michigan grad, has teamed up with the global non-profit organization that benefits people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for its participants. The organization provides programs in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and more, in addition to running four events called Best Buddies Challenges.
After Michigan State’s men’s hockey team visits Minnesota tonight, be sure to watch the premiere of the Spartans episode of BTN LiveBIG. What does “global” really mean? That’s a question Director of University Photography and Videography at Michigan State, Jim Peck, asked more than a year ago when considering a brave new idea for Michigan State University’s President’s Report. To answer that question, Peck and his team traveled around the world, over the course of two months, to bring stories of Spartans impacting every corner of the globe to life. Starting at home in Michigan, they filmed 18 powerful stories
After the Hoosiers’ men’s basketball team takes on Nebraska tonight, the Indiana LiveBIG episode sheds light on life-saving proton therapy being done at Indiana University, and introduces you to a man who is defying the odds in Bloomington. Tom Morris is the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana University, who worked specifically with the men’s soccer team and the women’s basketball team, before his accident. An accomplished bicyclist and triathlete, Morris was biking at the Wapehani Mountain Bike Park in the spring of 2012 when he flipped over his handlebars near the end of his workout. Despite wearing a
Following tonight’s men’s basketball game against visiting Northwestern, learn how the University of Wisconsin is using DNA research to save honey bees, and get to know an amazing program that helps women on the other side of the globe. Brittany Ammerman, a junior forward for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, works with the group Health by Motorbike. Please enjoy this bonus footage not featured in tonight’s BTN LiveBIG premiere: This year, Ammerman is having a great season on the ice. She’s among the national scoring leaders, and the Wisconsin women’s team is one of the best in the country. But
Amanda Rowland defines the word selfless. The special education senior used her time in Champaign to improve the lives of others—especially those with disabilities. And her effort hasn’t gone unnoticed. Rowland was honored with the 2013 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award. The Lincoln Academy of Illinois recognizes students displaying overall excellence, in both curricular and non-circular activities. “I try to be an advocate for people with disabilities,” Rowland said. Rowland visited the old state capitol building and the governor’s mansion to receive the award. “I think the coolest part was that everyone there were the most amazing people. I didn’t
Before the Super Bowl this weekend, be sure to read about the great work Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is doing in his community. Not a Seahawks fan? LiveBIG also profiled Judi’s House, founded by then-Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese, to help kids cope with loss. Literacy programs at the University of Minnesota recently received recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama. The University of Michigan received two grants, totaling $4.35 million, from the William Davidson Foundation to support university programs impacting economic activity in southeast Michigan. Read more about these initiatives here. The men’s lacrosse program at The Ohio State