By Jimmy Carlton Sportswriter Published Mar 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM

With the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2016 induction ceremony a month away, one of the rejuvenated organization’s strongest allies has announced an exciting ticket sweepstakes to give fans a chance to see state sports legends Bo Ryan and Donald Driver immortalized in bronze.

Associated Bank unveiled its "Fan Zone" raffle for the event on Saturday, April 30 at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, the Hall of Fame’s first induction in nine years.

The sweepstakes runs through April 20 and will randomly select 43 winners, each of whom will receive a pair of tickets to the "Associated Bank Fan Zone" section at the ceremony. One grand prize winner will also get a commemorative package that includes a football autographed by Driver, an official Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame pennant and two Hall of Fame pint glasses.

Independent of the sweepstakes, all attendees of the induction ceremony can participate in Associated Bank’s interactive fan experiences in the arena’s mezzanine area.

Headquartered in Green Bay and one of the Midwest’s leading banking franchises, Associated Bank has a passion for and history of supporting Wisconsin sports, according to executive vice president and chief marketing officer Christopher Piotrowski.

"Our strong relationship with the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame helps us bring to life our partnerships with great Wisconsin sports teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers," Piotrowski said.

For more information on the sweepstakes or the induction ceremony, visit or

Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.

After interning at print publications like Birds and Blooms (official motto: "America's #1 backyard birding and gardening magazine!"), Sports Illustrated (unofficial motto: "Subscribe and save up to 90% off the cover price!") and The Dallas Morning News (a newspaper!), Jimmy worked for web outlets like, where he was a Packers beat reporter, and FOX Sports Wisconsin, where he managed digital content. He's a proponent and frequent user of em dashes, parenthetical asides, descriptive appositives and, really, anything that makes his sentences longer and more needlessly complex.

Jimmy appreciates references to late '90s Brewers and Bucks players and is the curator of the unofficial John Jaha Hall of Fame. He also enjoys running, biking and soccer, but isn't too annoying about them. He writes about sports - both mainstream and unconventional - and non-sports, including history, music, food, art and even golf (just kidding!), and welcomes reader suggestions for off-the-beaten-path story ideas.