Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan given award for wrestling outreach programme

The singer set up the pro-wrestling programme for children in Chicago

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been presented with an award for a wrestling outreach programme he helped set up for children in Chicago.

The Illinois State Crime Commission presented the singer with the Jesse White Award’ at a ceremony in Oak Brook on Wednesday (June 18) for the scheme, which is called POP, Rolling Stone reports.

He received the award along with brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron, with whom he partnered in 2011 to create a new wrestling venture called Resistance Pro. They later built on that by creating the “positive outreach program,” RPro POP, which aims to help children in Chigcago keep a positive attitude.

“RPro POP represents everything that Resistance Pro stands for: community, teamwork, erasing boundaries that separate us as people, reaching out to lend a hand to those who need a little extra love in life, and celebrating that moment,” Corgan said. “I’m so proud that our commitment to these values is as important as making our promotion the newest voice in professional wrestling.”

Aside from wrestling, Corgan is working on two new Smashing Pumpkins albums that the band will release in 2015. The first, which he says is nearly completed, will be ‘Monuments To An Elegy’. The second is likely to be called ‘Day For Night’ and the band hope to precede the LPs with a new single this year.