Big Ten leading the way for good cause

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Bravo, Big Ten fans.

I can see that many of you already know about this, but it's worth mentioning again. SI.com's Stewart Mandel recently challenged college football fans to show their conference pride by donating to DonorsChoose.org, a terrific charity that helps fund projects in public schools around the country.

The early results show the Big Ten is trouncing the competition, raising more than $5,300. The SEC, for all the junk they talk, is a distant second place. Another example of Midwestern generosity is the fact the Mid-American Conference ranks third in donations with $1,141. Check out the results.

The competition is fun, but the cause is what really matters here. For those of you who haven't donated, here's a list of projects. You get to choose, which is the real cool part.

Keep up the great work!