Koenig to receive USBWA’s Most Courageous Award
Senior guard recognized for Native American outreach, philanthropy
April 3, 2017
PHOENIX – Bronson Koenig has accomplished a lot in his fine career at the University of Wisconsin, but perhaps his most prestigious recognition will come on Monday. The senior guard is set to receive the 2017 United States Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) Most Courageous Award during this year’s NCAA Final Four at a luncheon at the Hilton Squaw Peak from 11:30-1 p.m. (PT) in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I am truly honored to accept this award,” Koenig said. “I first would like to thank the Writer’s Association for even considering me as a candidate, let alone choosing me for this award. Reading about the stories of the past recipients has taught me more than I could fathom about courage and I have learned so much from each and every one of them that I will carry with me throughout my journey.”
A life sciences communication major who will graduate this May, Koenig embraced his role as a spokesman and role model for those in the Native American community. A member of the Ho-Chunk tribe, Koenig visited the Dakota Pipeline Protests earlier this year and spoke with youth of the Standing Rock tribe. He documented his trip and shared the experience for The Players’ Tribue.
“Being a role model, speaking out about issues and offering encouragement to the Native American community is one of the biggest priorities in my life,” said Koenig. “I’m trying to make an impact any way I can.”
Koenig is also an active philanthropist in the Madison community, participating in the Badgers Give Back outreach program.
In addition to winning the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award, Koenig was among 30 candidates for this year’s Senior CLASS Award.
A second-team All-Big Ten honoree, Koenig led the Badgers in scoring this season (14.5 ppg) and surpassed former teammate Ben Brust for Wisconsin’s career record for all-time 3-pointers (270). Koenig finished his career in Madison ranked ninth on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,459 points. He was part of a senior class that led the Badgers to four straight Sweet 16s, back-to-back Final Four trips (2014-15) and the national championship game in 2015.
The USBWA annually recognizes a player, coach, official or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary courage reflecting honor on the sport of amateur basketball. Along with the award, the USBWA presents a $1,000 check to the charity or scholarship fund as selected by the recipient.