The Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois released on Friday the 2014 Salute To Those Who Make A Difference list of honorees at a closed press conference in Oak Brook. On the 2014 list is Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan Jr. Corgan, along with Baron brothers Gabe and Jacques, who created Resistance Pro in 2011, a unique professional wrestling venture, will receive the Jesse White Award on Wednesday June 18th during the annual Salute To Those Who Make A Difference award banquet to be held at Drury Lane.
R-Pro POP (positive outreach program) debuted on November 25, 2011. The R-Pro stars are deeply vested in the children of Chicago Public School, as many of the R-Pro members are former students and or are currently employed in schools across the city. In addition to the R-Pro POP positive outreach program that motivates students to maintain a positive attitude in and out of school, Corgan has teamed up with former WWE wrestler and SLI founder Christopher Nowinski to launch a concussion-awareness program tied to Resistance Pro. The wrestling promotion company has partnered with the Chicago Concussion Coalition and doctors from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush hospital.
Doctors conduct screens with the wrestlers before and after each event. Corgan and his partners also forbid certain wrestling moves that involve contact to the head to minimize the risk of concussions. Corgan’s group is the first professional wrestling promotion to follow guidelines set by the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI).
Through tireless efforts in public service and charitable giving, the trio is part of a worthy group of honorees, whom the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois has deemed worthy of recognition above their peers.