Media To Take Part in Crean and Crimson-Survivor Challenge
Oct. 4, 2010
Bloomington, Indiana - It takes 11 muscles to talk and more than 20 to type on a computer. Those who talk about Indiana basketball and those who write about the Hoosiers on a daily basis will now get the opportunity to know how the other 650 to 800 other muscles in their body work when they participate in the first ever Survivor-Crean and Crimson Media Challenge on October 6.
More than 25 members of the media who cover the Hoosiers have signed up to participate in a two-hour workout conducted by the Hoosiers strength and conditioning coach Je'Ney Jackson. ESPN 1070 The Fan Personality JMV will broadcast his show from the Pfau Shine Legacy Court in Cook Hall from 3 to 7 p.m., following the workout. IU students are encouraged to attend and may purchase men's basketball season tickets at the event.
"Je'Ney and I were working on a video a few weeks ago that showed our men's basketball team going through some intense strength and conditioning drills," said IU Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations J.D. Campbell. "As I was watching our guys carry each other up the Memorial Stadium steps, I thought, jokingly, could you imagine seeing this guy carrying that guy or this guy lifting weights. Je'Ney told Coach Crean about the idea, he loved it and the response from the media to take part has been overwhelming."
Participants will be divided into teams and will spend a day experiencing a typical day of strength and conditioning with the IU men's basketball team. IU players will serve as personal trainers for the media throughout the competition. There will be workouts that are required for all participants but if an exercise is too difficult, the media may turn in an immunity pass and can sit out that event. In addition, the lowest score in an event by a team member will not count.
"I'm really looking forward to this," said Jackson, who came to IU in July. "I think it gives the media access to something that normally they would not get to experience and lets everyone see how hard a student-athlete has to train in order to compete at the highest level."
The workout will consist of core development, prehabilitation exercises, weight training, a stadium workout and yoga and stretching.
"I think this is a great way to see our players in their day-to-day environment," said Crean. "Our guys have worked extremely hard this offseason and this is a fun way for them to show their personalities and competitiveness in a very open setting. "
Practice for the Hoosiers will begin on October 15 with Hoosier Hysteria taking place that evening in Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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