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Three Huskers Earn Outreach Honors
Leslee Smith was named to the first-ever Tom Osborne Citizenship Team on Monday.
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
04/14/2014
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Lincoln – Three University of Nebraska men’s basketball players were recognized as part of the first-ever Tom Osborne Citizenship Team Monday morning.

Leslee Smith, Shavon Shields and Nathan Hawkins were among the 215 student-athletes across all 24 sports selected for the inaugural team. To be chosen for the Osborne Citizenship Team, each student-athlete had to complete a minimum of six community service/leadership projects in the academic calendar year and remain in good academic standing. 

The team was created to recognize the service to the community by Nebraska Athletics, and to recognize the contributions and ideals of legendary Husker Football Coach and past 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 his student-athletes.

The trio are among 215 Husker student-athletes recognized for their off-the-field efforts. In all, this year’s team members have participated in 1,300 campus or community service projects including, but not limited to, weekly mentoring, school outreach, hospital and hospice visits, awareness events, special needs programming, holiday outreach and statewide motivational assemblies. 

Each team member was honored earlier Monday at the Hero Leadership Breakfast at Memorial Stadium. Each of the recipients will receive a Tom Osborne Citizenship Team medallion.  Monday’s Hero Leadership Breakfast caps a busy weekend of academic events, as the annual student-athlete Academic Banquet took place Sunday night, including the announcement of Nebraska’s Big Ten Medal of Honor winners for 2013-14.

Leslee Smith, Shavon Shields and Nathan Hawkins were among the 215 student-athletes across all 24 sports selected for the inaugural team. To be chosen for the Osborne Citizenship Team, each student-athlete had to complete a minimum of six community service/leadership projects in the academic calendar year and remain in good academic standing. 
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