The 2018 Heart & Soul Award Winners were honored for their continued dedication to making a difference at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in April.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications


By Nebraska Athletics

 Sam Foltz HERO 27 Leadership Awards

The Sam Foltz HERO 27 Leadership Award, named in honor of late former Husker punter Sam Foltz, awards student-athlete leaders from each varsity sport. The criteria for the HERO Award include exceptional leadership, consistent and dedicated community service, and positive influence on the team. Nominees are identified by the Life Skills staff with approval from the Academic staff and Head Coaches. HERO recipients are announced at the annual A Night at the Lied student-athlete recognition event held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts every April.

2018 Sam Foltz HERO 27 Leadership Award Recipients

Caitlin Bartsch, Softball

Catelyn Orel, Gymnastics

Bri Cassidy, Softball 

Bridget Pacilio, Swimming & Diving

Elsa Forsberg, Track & Field

Robbie Palkert, Baseball

Luke Gifford, Football 

Sami Reinhard, Soccer

Hayley Haakenstad, Tennis

Megan Schweihofer, Gymnastics

Allie Havers, Basketball/Volleyball

Jordan Shearer, Wrestling

Amanda Hilton, Soccer

Anton Stephenson, Gymnastics

Todd Honas, Football

Mick Stoltenberg, Football

Andy Jacobs, Track & Field

Meghan Straub, Bowling

Matt Jarzynka, Football

Haley Thiele, Golf

David Jensen, Wrestling

Simon Wiedel, Track & Field

Jacqueline Jeschke, Swimming & Diving

Rachel Yager, Rifle

Eric Karl II, Track & Field

Madison Yerigan, Track & Field

Jon Meyer, Tennis

Catelyn Orel, Gymnastics

Click here for past winners.




Heart and Soul Award

Formerly known as the Gerard Life Skills Award of Excellence, the Heart and Soul Award is presented annually at A Night at the Lied to Nebraska student-athletes who have consistently gone above and beyond with community service and outreach initiatives throughout their college career. Dubbed the "Heisman of Life Skills," each recipient must be a senior student-athlete who is in their final season of athletic eligibility. Honorees are determined by Life Skills and Academic Support staff as well as coaches.

Heart and Soul Award Recipients

2018 - Connor Adamsick (Men's Gymnastics) Danielle Breen (Women's Gymnastics) Jake McSteen (Baseball) Gina Metzler (Softball) Erin Oeltjen (Swimming & Diving) Alli Peterson (Soccer) Katt Sickle (Swimming & Diving)

2017 - Trey Foster (Football); Collin Jensen (Wrestling); Jennie Laeng (Women’s Gymnastics)

2016 - Mattie Fowler (Softball), Levi Gipson, (Track & Field), Ethan Lottman (Men's Gymnastics), and Nate Wong, (Men's Golf)

2015 - Samantha Areman (Soccer); Devandrew Johnson (Track & Field); Rebekah Land (Swimming & Diving); Ian Ousley (Wrestling); Desire' Stephens (Gymnastics)

2014 - Amanda Burau (Bowling); Caleb Kolb (Wrestling); Sunny Russell (Rifle); and CJ Zimmerer (Football)

2013 - Ben Cotton (Football); Kelsey Larson (Swimming & Diving); and Mary Weatherholt (Women's Tennis)

2012 - Ashley Guile (Softball)

2011 - Jordan Burroughs (Wrestling); Erin Hannon (Track & Field); and Alex Henery (Football)

2010 - Blake Lawrence (Football)

2009 - Betsy Miller (Cross Country; Track & Field)

2008 - Matt Senske (Football)


Brook Berringer Citizenship Team

Created after the passing of quarterback Brook Berringer, the Citizenship Team recognizes Husker football players who have demonstrated a passion for service and involvement. To be named to the Team, football student-athletes must complete a minimum of six service projects, be in good academic standing, and have demonstrated excellent conduct. Recipients receive an award and are honored at the annual Spring Football game.

2018 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team

Freedom Akinmoladun Tristan Gebbia Hunter Miller
Austin Allen Like Gifford DaiShon Neal
Fyn Anderson Willie Hampton Peyton Newell
Mohamed Barry Trent Hixson Patrick O'Brien
Dicaprio Bootle Branden Hohenstein Kurt Rafdal
Andrew Bunch Todd Honas Bryan Reimers
Tony Butler Tyler Hoppes Dyaln Reynolds
Damion Daniels Matt Jarzynka Matt Sichterman
Carlos Davis Pernell Jefferson Ben Stille
Khalil Davis Grant Jordan Jack Stoll
Michael Decker Spencer Jordan Mick Stoltenberg
Jojo Domann Reid Karel Eli Sullivan
Tanner Farmer Bo Kitrell Chase Urbach
Matt Farniok Caleb Lightbourn Jackson Walker
Jerald Foster Wyatt Mazour Jacob Weinmaster
Christian Gaylord


Click here for past winners.


Tom Osborne Citizenship Team

Newly created and implemented for the first time in the 2013-2014 academic calendar year, the annual Tom Osborne Citizenship Team pays tribute to legendary Nebraska Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Tom Osborne. Under Osborne, Nebraska was among the first institutions nationwide to implement a comprehensive Life Skills program. To be named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, student-athletes must complete a minimum of six new service projects, and/or mentor in the academic calendar year, while being in both good academic and athletic standing. In it's third year, Nebraska proudly named 347 student-atheltes to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Honorees were recognized at A Night at the Lied with a newly designed Osborne medallion. 

Click here to view this year's recipients.


Unsung Hero Award

Started in 2013-2014, the Unsung Hero Award was presented annually to at least one student-athlete who, through humility and selfless dedication, has consistently been a part of the Life Skills program demonstrating a passion for service and volunteerism. The Unsung Hero also displays a strong passion for Nebraska Athletics, supporting student-athlete peers from all sports and is recognized department-wide as a positive, energetic and engaging individual committed to making a difference in the lives of others.


2014 - Nate Wong, Golf


Postgraduate Scholarships

Life Skills facilitates all student-athlete postgraduate nominations. Opportunities are available at both the conference and national level; student-athletes who are in their final season of athletic eligibility and meet a minimum grade point average along with excellence in the community are eligible to apply. Award amounts range between $5,000 and $10,000 per scholarship. To apply, students must secure letters of recommendation, complete a personal statement and summarize all athletic achievements, academic honors and community service.


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