Authored by Keith Zimmer.
For the past 20 years, Nebraska student-athletes have appeared at LPS middle schools sharing messages about education and life. National American Education Week has been a cornerstone event of the Ventures In Partnership relationship between Husker Life Skills and the Lincoln Public Schools Department of Special Education since 1992. The goal of the program is to use role-model student-athletes to reinforce the importance of education while providing success strategies to help middle schools students thrive ultimately resulting in high school graduation with the tools and confidence to pursue college while enhancing career marketability.
The 2012 version of American Education Week included nine visits involving 40 student-athlete volunteers who impacted nearly 2,000 students. Wrestling student-athlete Caleb Kolb volunteered to speak at both Goodrich and Lefler. "It was rewarding and a great chance to share some of my personal experiences with school and decision-making to hopefully keep the students on the right path." Football student-athlete Ron Kellogg III told the student-athletes that it takes discipline and commitment to be successful. "I put my hour by hour schedule for each day of the week on the grease board as I wanted them to see that time management, motivation and work-ethic are all key to having success." Volleyball student-athlete Gina Mancuso encouraged students to dream big and live life with passion. "Make the most of your opportunities, believe in yourself and take advantage of support. By doing this, the sky is the limit," remarked Mancuso.In the 20 year history of Husker student-athletes visiting LPS middle schools for American Education week, nearly 1,000 student-athletes have participated impacting over 45,000 youth. Nebraska student-athletes welcome the opportunity to use the athletic platform as an attention getter to make a positive difference related to education and life. Student-athletes are reinforcing daily messages and lessons stressed by teachers and parents with the ultimate goal of positioning middle school students for graduation and future success.