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Mary Ellen Gillespie to Join Panel at Champions Brunch in Detroit

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: February 09, 2017
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DETROIT – The Horizon League and Olympia Entertainment today announced its second of a three person panel for its Champions Brunch at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. Green Bay Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie has been selected to join former three-time WNBA Champion and four-time All Star Cheryl Ford to discuss experiences in athletics.

In addition to overseeing Green Bay’s athletics department, Gillespie also serves on the prestigious NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

Prior to the Little Caesars Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship Game at noon and the Men’s Basketball Championship Game at 7:00 p.m., the brunch will get underway at 10:00 a.m. followed by a panel centering on key topics relating to athletic administrators along with former professional and collegiate standouts at 10:30 a.m.Former three-time WNBA Champion and four-time All-Star, Cheryl Ford has been named one of three panelists to speak inside the International Bancard Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. Over the next two weeks, the remaining panelist and moderator will be announced.The event is open to the public and for $25 attendees receive a ticket to the Champions Brunch and a game ticket to the women’s and men’s championship games. Or, fans with a game ticket can purchase a Champions Brunch ticket for $15. To purchase, click here:

The brunch will commence with closing remarks from Horizon League Deputy Commissioner Julie Roe Lach who brings over 20 years of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics.

“As a league with a proud basketball past and continuing national prominence, we are excited to bring together experts from many levels of athletics to discuss topics of current interest in a variety of sports related fields,” said Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone.

Biographical Information about the Panelists:

Cheryl Ford was drafted as the No. 3 overall pick in the first round by the Detroit Shock in the 2003 WNBA Draft. In her first year, Ford led the Shock from a worst to first record and a WNBA championship in 2003. She was the first player to have won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award and a WNBA Championship in the same year. The Summerfield, La. native and daughter of former NBA great Karl Malone played her college ball at Louisiana Tech and was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003.

Mary Ellen Gillespie is in her fifth season at Green Bay. In 2015, Gillespie assisted in collecting a record-setting fundraising total of more than $1 million raised for the Phoenix Fund. She was able to ink a seven-year apparel deal with Adidas that made the  the company the official footwear, apparel and accessory company of the entire athletics department through the 2021-22 season.

About Motor City Madness: For the latest information on the teams, fan activities surrounding the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships, and the city of Detroit, visit Fans can purchase tickets by visiting or by calling the Joe Louis Arena Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-471-7575.

About the Horizon League:

The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest’s major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the league and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community.

To learn more about the Horizon League, visit and follow @HorizonLeague on Twitter and Instagram and at

About Olympia Entertainment:

Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company owned by entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch, is one of the country’s most diverse sport and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the mid-west. The company owns and operates Detroit’s Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies.

Other Ilitch companies include: Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesar Pizza Kits Fundraising Program and Olympia Development. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers, Inc., and Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

To learn more about Olympia Entertainment, visit Also follow Olympia on Twitter @OEontheGo and at

Green Bay administrator and NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee Member added to Champions Brunch in Detroit.

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