Wisconsin Standout Basketball Player Bronson Koenig to be Honored as Courageous Advocate

Koenig spends off time providing motivational speeches to Native youth, as he did in Bismarck, North Dakota on Sept. 7.

Published September 15, 2017

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk), who was a standout basketball player at the University of Wisconsin and now a Milwaukee Buck, will by honored by Kids Forward with a Giraffe Award at Step Forward for Kids. He will be honored along with Doug Nelson, former president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and VAHSAid, a student driven-organization working to eliminate poverty in Dane County and Wisconsin.

Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig

iraffe Awards are given to individuals or organizations who have courageously advocated and worked to build a better future for Wisconsin’s children and families— notably for children and families of color and those furthest from opportunity. In essence, they have “stuck their neck out for children and families.”

The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual fundraising event, Step Forward for Kids: An Evening Celebrating Children and Families on September 28, 2017 at the Madison Children’s Museum. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.kidsforward.net. Additional information about each recipient follows.

Koenig has wowed fans on-and-off the basketball court. During his time as a Wisconsin Badger, Koenig helped lead the team to two Final Four appearances and two Big Ten Conference Championships. Equally impressive is Koenig’s advocacy and commitment to helping improve the well-being of the Native American community. He has embraced being a role model for Native youth and has traveled throughout the country meeting and speaking with youth and hosting basketball clinics. In late 2016, Koenig traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to lend his 2 support to those protecting the land and water, and opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Koenig has also been vocal about opposing Native American names and images as sports mascots.

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