N Club Initiatives

By NU Athletic Communications

 

 N Club Giving Back - Past Projects Supported

N Club members have and will continue to support University of Nebraska Athletic Department initiatives that are consistent with the N Club mission of having a positive impact on the current student-athlete population. In recent years, the N Club has made generous financial contributions to the Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex as well as the East Stadium Athlete Performance Lab.

 N Club - Inner Circle

The N Club Inner Circle is a leadership group integrating upper class student-athletes with N Club members who have distinguished themselves in their chosen career. As many as two student-athletes from each intercollegiate team will participate in the Inner Circle attending evening meetings in September, October, November, February, March and April each time hearing from a letterwinner about the Nebraska experience, life after sports, career transitions and leadership development.

 Athletes Helping Athletes Networking Night

An annual spring semester life skills event, all 2nd-year Husker student-athletes are required to attend this valuable career networking event. Letter winners from the area thriving in their chosen careers will be invited back to Memorial Stadium to participate in an evening Networking Night. The event allows the current student-athletes to learn about the art of networking while also being provided with the chance to practice the skill when gathering information and insight from career professionals. Networking Night professionals, most of which are past letterwinners, will enjoy dinner at the Lewis Training Table and a tour of the facilities before the evening event begins.

Student-Athlete Career Fair

An annual fall semester life skills event, the Student-Athlete Career Fair kicks off UNL Career Week. Approximately 25 companies from the Midwest and beyond who are seeking competitive candidates attend the fair which is a required life skills event for all 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th-year student-athletes. Many of the companies are represented by recruiters or employees who are past letterwinners. Nebraska Life Skills will seek letterwinner corporate involvement which often creates an immediate connection and appreciation for the student-athlete lifestyle and demands.

 Letterwinner Induction Ceremony

Implemented for the first time in the spring of 2014, the N-Club will now host Letterwinner Induction ceremonies twice per year. The inaugural event was held this spring on Sunday, February 16, 2014 in the West Club of Memorial Stadium honoring all first-time letterwinners from every fall sports team. The honored student-athletes were introduced individually and came on stage to receive their letter jacket as presented by the Head Coach or designee, sport administrator and letterwinner alumni. At each ceremony, a distinguished letterwinner alum will speak to the impact of becoming a letterwinner. Athletic staff, coaches, parents, and letterwinner alums enjoyed a nice meal and special video tribute at the event. A similar event will be held every fall term to honor those Huskers from spring sports who earned their first varsity letter.

 Weekend of Champions Reunions

Starting in fall 2014, Nebraska teams who won a national championship or gained elite national recognition (Super Six, Final Four, College World Series or College Softball World Series birth) will be invited back to campus in decade anniversaries each fall for a special Weekend of Champions reunion. Invited teams will enjoy a reception/dinner, sport tickets, and in-game recognition. To date, 12 teams have been recognized through Weekend of Champions reunions.

 Integrated Outreach

Each spring, the Life Skills staff plans and hosts an annual service project for current student-athletes, letterwinner alumni and Nebraska Athletic Department staff. Partnering with Kids Against Hunger in April 2016, more than 200 volunteers packed 33,366 meals to send hungry children locally, nationally, and internationally.

 Service Abroad

In effort to help develop global citizens and provide a rich cultural experience, Nebraska Athletics is committed to providing an annual service abroad opportunity to as many as 20 student-athletes, letterwinner alumni, a HuskerVision staffer, and other members of the Athletics Department. In May 2015, the inaugural group traveled to Guatemala and collaborated with non-profit organizations to build a sports court and distribute shoes to kids at a local elementary school. In May 2016, the group made an impact in the Dominican Republic as they built a sports court, painted a mural, and interacted with youth and families in the community. 

 Post-Eligibility Opportunities Program 

Reserved for student-athletes who have lettered, graduated and exhausted eligibility, the Post Eligibility Opportunities (PEO) Program will provide letterwinner alumni who graduate in or after December 2015 a one-semester scholarship, valued up to $7,500, to apply toward an internship, study abroad experience or graduate school. Student-athletes will have three years from the time of graduation or exhaustion of eligibility, whichever occurs latest, to participate in this program.

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