Morgan Smejkal earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award.
Photo by Nate Olsen/Nebraska Communications

Smejkal Earns HERO Leadership Award

By NU Athletic Communications

Husker women's golfer Morgan Smejkal earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award, when the annual honors were announced Monday at the award breakfast at Memorial Stadium.

Smejkal, a sophomore from Columbus, Neb., was also one of three Husker women's golfers, including 2013 Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award winner Steffi Neisen, to claim spots on the first-ever Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Smejkal and Neisen, a senior from New Prague, Minn., were joined by sophomore Cassie Deeg from Hugo, Minn., on the inaugural team's list of 215 honorees across all 24 Husker varsity sports.

The Osborne Citizenship Team was created to recognize the service to the community by Husker student-athletes and the contributions and ideals of legendary Husker Football Coach and Athletic Director Tom Osborne. 

During his tenure as athletic director from 2007 until 2013, Osborne played a significant role in expanding Nebraska’s Life Skills department while encouraging total person development for Husker student-athletes.

To earn a spot on the Osborne Citizenship Team, student-athletes had to complete a minimum of six community service/leadership projects in the academic calendar year and remain in good academic standing. 

In 2013-14, the 215 student athletes participated in 1,300 campus or community service projects including weekly mentoring, school outreach, hospital and hospice visits, awareness events, special needs programming, holiday outreach, statewide motivational assemblies and more. 

Each of the recipients will receive a Tom Osborne Citizenship Team medallion. 

Nebraska Women's Golf 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team Members

  • Cassie Deeg, So., Hugo, Minn.
  • Steffi Neisen, Sr., New Prague, Minn.
  • Morgan Smejkal, So., Columbus, Neb. (2014 HERO Award Winner)


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