The Wisconsin Herd, NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, is partnering with TDS Telecom to host a Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 24 with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. CST at Oshkosh Arena. The Herd is celebrating Black History Month with specialty jerseys presented by TDS Telecom that showcase up to 13 influential Black leaders who have made huge impacts in U.S. History. Artist Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter crafted each leader’s portrait that will be sublimated onto the jersey shell.
During the game on February 24, the Herd will play in one-of-a-kind Black History Month jerseys with portraits of influential Black leaders featured on the jersey shell and a continuous drawing on their respective shorts. Artist Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter created the portraits with the theme of “Inspire on Purpose”. The jerseys also feature a traditional African Kente cloth design turned into a circuit board throughout the piping, numbers and words to showcase the intersection of Art within Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Artist Patcasso is a STEAM ambassador for STEAM Revolt!, which is a 501c3 established to drive self-actualization in underrepresented communities with a focus on changing perceptions of STEAM careers using a mix of Tech, Arts and Pop culture.
Each player will play in a jersey that represents a different legend. The 13 living and past legends will be introduced via the Wisconsin Herd’s social media throughout February leading up to the game. These jerseys can be bid on at https://herdup.givesmart.com from now until March 2 at noon. Proceeds will benefit the Harold Lefty Williams DARE2DREAM Foundation which works to improve the quality of life for youth and young adults to strengthen our communities both domestically and globally.
At the game, artist Patcasso and DJ Steady Rock will perform at halftime. Artist Patcasso will honor a living legend by taking a blank canvas and turning it into a work of art in minutes to a custom music track performed by DJ Steady Rock. Living legends or family members in attendance will be recognized for their accomplishments and the impact they have made during the game. To honor them, they will each receive a custom jersey with their name, number and portrait on the jersey.
ABOUT TDS TELECOM
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-size urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.
ABOUT HAROLD LEFTY WILLIAMS DARE2DREAM FOUNDATION
The Harold Lefty Williams DARE2DREAM Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for youth and young adults to strengthen our communities both domestically and globally. Through the development of sports, educational and character development programs, the Harold Lefty Williams DARE2DREAM Foundation seeks to help in creating a stronger body of youth who will carry on as our future leaders.
By day, Patrick Hunter is a Technology Consultant in the Tech Industry based in Dallas / Fort Worth. By night, Patrick assumes the identity of Patcasso, a nationally recognized live performance painter. Patcasso, a STEAM Ambassador (Science Technology Engineering Art & Mathematics) that travels the world unveiling a world of intrigue, emerging technologies, and careers that connect all disciplines of the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Co-Founding STEAM Revolt, a non-profit that creates a curriculum intended to “add swag to STEM” using pop culture and art.
He choreographs paint strokes to music creating dynamic visual performances that captivate his audiences. Many have seen him perform live turning a blank canvas into icons such as MLK, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Ray Charles in minutes to a diverse genre of music for the Atlanta Braves, Sundance Film Festival and the Steve Harvey talk show.
A native of Detroit, Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.