Husker student-athletes assist with the Wild Kingdom presentation, put on by Mutual of Omaha.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
A Day in the Life of Life Skills
Authored by: Keith Zimmer.
Life Skills program arguably offers one of the most comprehensive support
services to student-athletes in the country.
Whereas some of the supports services are of the more traditional
variety ranging from orientations to individual meetings and transition
courses, a wide range of offerings showcasing the versatility and value of the
program was most evident on a recent Friday, the day before a home Nebraska
role-models were featured presenters at an area 9th Grade Counts
Assembly impacting hundreds of high school freshman about the importance of
education. Full-time staff members
Jessie Gardner, Stacey Burling and Keith Zimmer met with numerous prospects and
families reviewing the components of Nebraska's award winning program. Recruits from the sports of football,
volleyball, women's basketball, men's basketball, wrestling, women's
gymnastics, men's gymnastics, track and field and soccer became better educated
on the importance of life skills, total person development and preparation for
life after sports. Current Nebraska
student-athletes visited the life skills center for individual meetings to
either create or update their personal resume.
Former student-athletes are frequent visitors to the complex on the day
before home games proudly showing off their past stomping grounds and
introducing family and friends to staff who played a role in their development
and current success. At high noon on
this Friday, career partner Mutual of Omaha and the famed "Wild Kingdom" made a
return visit to the Life Skills Center.
Well over 125 student-athletes enjoyed a dynamic presentation allowing
for education and interaction with the likes of a kangaroo, tarantula, fox, and
several other exotic animals. Although
clearly a career-related event for some of the fisheries and wildlife, animal
science and pre-vet student-athletes in attendance; the event is offered by
life skills to recognize the commitment, compliance and engagement of
student-athletes toward the life skills team and services. Also, freshman and transfer student-athletes
enjoyed the interactive Sunday night Life Skills seminar, which collaborated
with campus speakers on the topics of wellness, sleep, personal defense and
conflict resolution. Lastly, reminders
to the "Life Skills Guest Coaches" for the upcoming football game were made
putting the finishing touches on the day in the life of Husker Life Skills.