Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini, Athletic Director Tom Osborne and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will be the first three keynote speakers at this year's Huskers Athletic Fund Luncheons, a new series of monthly luncheons held throughout the athletic year. The new luncheon series will feature at least one Husker coach or staff member, former player or celebrity speaker to present special information, insights and personal Husker experiences. Coach Pelini will headline August's luncheon event, while Osborne will speak in September and Delany will be joined by National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee Will Shields in October. Greg Sharpe, voice of the Huskers for Husker Sports Marketing, will serve as emcee of the luncheons which will also feature door prizes and giveaways.
The luncheon series will be held at the Embassy Suites - Downtown Lincoln, located at 1040 P Street in Lincoln, at 11:30 a.m. on scheduled dates (listed below)once each month from August through April. Individual tickets cost $23 each, or fans may reserve full tables of 10 for $220 (a $10 savings per table). Fans also have the option of purchasing a table of 10 to all nine luncheons in the 2011-12 series for $1,900, a savings of $170 from the individual ticket price. All prices include tax, and all ticket sales will be final.
Reservations can be made online at www.huskers.com/donate, or by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at 800-8-BIG RED. All reservations must be made no later than the Friday prior to the luncheon each month.
Luncheon Dates and Tentative Featured Speakers
Wednesday, Aug. 3: Head Football Coach Bo Pelini (Reservations due July 29)
Thursday, Sept. 1: Athletic Director Tom Osborne
Friday, Oct. 7: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee Will Shields
Wednesday, Nov. 2: Football Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck and Head Volleyball Coach John Cook
Thursday, Dec. 1: Football Assistant Coach Ron Brown and Head Men's Basketball Coach Doc Sadler or Head Women's Basketball Coach Connie Yori
Thursday, Jan. 5: Head Men's Basketball Coach Doc Sadler or Head Women's Basketball Coach Connie Yori
Friday, Feb. 3: Football Recruiting Coordinator John Papuchis, Head Baseball Coach Darin Erstad and Head Softball Coach Rhonda Revelle
Thursday, March 1: Head Men's Basketball Coach Doc Sadler
Friday, April 6: Football Defensive Coordinator Carl Pelini and Head Football Strength Coach James Dobson
Speakers may be subject to change, based on coaching responsibilities and availability. The availability of Coach Sadler and Coach Yori is dependent upon the men's and women's Big Ten basketball schedules, which will be announced in late August.
The luncheons are being presented by the Huskers Athletic Fund (HAF), the fundraising arm of the Nebraska Athletic Department. Beginning on July 1, at the start of the department fiscal year, all individual sport booster clubs joined together under the umbrella of the HAF to better support the Nebraska Athletic Department and the sports it fields. More information about the HAF can be found at Huskers.com.