Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk)
Published December 27, 2015
LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN — Bronson Koenig, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and basketball forward for the University of Wisconsin Badgers has been named “Sportsperson of the Year for 2015” by the LaCrosse Tribune.
Koenig and the Badgers played in the NCAA Men’s Basketball national championship game last April at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis before a national television audience of 28.3 million on CBS.
Bronson Koenig, No. 24, understands he is a role model for Native youth.
The LaCrosse Tribune cites Koenig’s basketball game, then as a sophomore, blossoming and “his very personal commitment to the Native American community” as two reasons for naming him to be the newspaper’s top honor in sports.
“It was very special to be part of that, Koenig said of the team’s run to its first national title since 1941. “We did not win that last game, but we had a lot of fun together.”
The 6’4” point guard grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin.