Nearly 12 percent of the University of Illinois’ student body is Chinese, the largest percentage of any university in the country, per NPR. Therefore it only makes sense that the school would be the first to broadcast their football games in Mandarin Chinese.
To integrate their Chinese students, Mike Wadell from UI’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics started to recruit Chinese students on campus to broadcast the game in their native language. UI’s Chinese broadcast team says that the Chinese community has taken to the broadcasts, highlighting how emotional the game is and how the Chinese team sounds more passionate than their American counterparts.
With only 2 games left to broadcast, the team hopes to keep broadcasting games, this time for volleyball and basketball.
‘Why can’t we be China’s Big Ten team?’ says Wadell. ‘Why can’t we be China’s football team?’
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