As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team prepares to compete against Notre Dame tonight in Philadelphia in the NCAA Sweet 16, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is among the well-wishers in Indian Country to Wisconsin Badgers’ Bronson Koenig, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
"Bronson has displayed true character, and is a great role model for our Native youth. On behalf of our GLITC members, we wish him much success tonight and in the future," said Mike Allen, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.
Koenig has received a ton of exposure after his NCAA playoff buzzer-beater 3-pointer last Sunday. In the last minute of Wisconsin’s game against No. 2 seeded Xavier, Koenig hit two amazing 3-pointers – including one at the final buzzer – that secured a win for the Badgers, and sent them to the Sweet 16.
Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig (24) shoots a last second 3-point shot over Xavier's Remy Abell to give Wisconsin a 66-63 victory in a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Images / Jeff Roberson)
As is stated on his biography on the UW Badgers website, "Midway through his sophomore season, Bronson Koenig stepped into the job of starting point guard for Wisconsin and immediately thrived in the expanded role. Koenig started the final 24 games of the 2014-15 season, leading the Badgers to the school’s first NCAA championship game since 1941. The former Wisconsin High School Player of the Year, Koenig led La Crosse Aquinas to a pair of state championships during his prep career."
Koenig was born in La Crosse, and his parents are Paul Koenig and Ethel Funmaker. He is member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and is majoring in life sciences communication.
"After basketball, I really want to make an impact on Native American communities, speak to Native American youth about what they can do to better their lives," Koenig said in an previous ICTMN interview.
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Tonight’s Sweet 16 match between the 7th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and 6th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will air at 7:27 PM est on TBS and will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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