Track & Field thrower Jake Griess was honored as a 2014 HERO Leadership Award recipient.
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HERO Leadership Awards

The HERO Leadership Breakfast is an annual event honoring 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 a Leadership Breakfast every April featuring comments from Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst and those impacted by the good deeds of Husker student-athletes.

2014 HERO Leadership Award Recipients

Ameer Abdullah, Football
Payton Michaud, Swimming & Diving
Brena Andrews, Track & Field
Sadie Murren, Basketball
Sam Areman, Soccer
Graham Nabity, Football
Sam Burtch, Football
Ian Ousley, Wrestling
Court Clark, Tennis
Brent Qvale, Football
Hannah Dittmar, Soccer
Trevor Roach, Football
Tatum Edwards, Softball
Amber Rolfzen, Volleyball
Taylor Edwards, Softball
Kadie Rolfzen, Volleyball
Sarah Firestone, Track & Field
Andrea Ruiz, Bowling
Jake Griess, Track & Field
Cody Rush, Track & Field
Shannon Guy, Swimming & Diving
Jamie Schleppenbach, Gymnastics
Devandrew Johnson, Track & Field
Eric Schryver, Gymnastics
Dwayne Johnson, Football
Shavon Shields, Basketball
Sarah Larson, Cross Country
Morgan Smejkal, Golf
Maggy Lehmicke, Tennis
Trevor Vidlak, Cross Country
Courtney Love, Football
Aaron Wong, Golf
Tanner Lubach, Baseball
Chad Wright, Track & Field
 Maggie Malone, Track & Field  
Click here for past winners.  



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. Selected by the Life Skills staff, recipients receive an award and are honored at the annual Spring Football game.

2014 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team

Ameer Abdullah Chris Long
Josh Banderas Jake Long
Sam Burtch Spencer Long
Brandon Chapek Courtney Love
Jake Cotton Kevin Maurice
Sam Cotton Mike Moudy
Imani Cross Graham Nabity
Erik Evans AJ Natter
Tyler Evans Mark Pelini
Joey Felici Brent Qvale
Greg Hart Trevor Roach
Lane Hovey Jeremiah Sirles
Dwayne Johnson Johnny Stanton
Ron Kellogg Austin Williams
David Knevel CJ Zimmerer
Spencer Lindsay  
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 the HERO Leadership Banquet to Nebraska student-athletes who have consistently went 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 members of the Life Skills staff.


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 and Track & Field

2008 - Matt Senske, Football

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, the 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 innaugural year, Nebraska proudly named 223 student-atheltes to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Click here to view this year's recipients.


Unsung Hero Award

Starte 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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