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Eighth Annual Husker Heroes Event Set for Sunday

By NU Athletic Communications

The Eighth Annual Husker Heroes Outreach Event is slated for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If the weather prohibits the event from taking place outside, the event will move inside to the Hawks Championship Center.

The Husker Heroes Outreach Event is specially designed for individuals with disabilities and their families to hang out and play games with Husker student-athletes. The event is sponsored by the NU Athletics Department and Organizations Networking for Everyone with Special Needs (including the Advocacy Partnership for People with Special Needs, the Arc of Lincoln, the Autism Center of Nebraska/ACN Connections, the Autism Family Network, the Autism Society of Nebraska, Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska, Down Syndrome Association for Families, Dreams Unlimited, Horses for Healing, Nebraska Spina Bifida, United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, Windsong Equitherapy, Wonderfully Made, 10/11 Cares, and ESU 6). Over 300 special needs individuals and their guests, hailing from across the state, will mingle with all first-year and transfer Husker student-athletes, who are taking the mandatory Husker Life Seminar.

The special guests invited to participate on Sunday include youth and adults from the participating sponsor groups that assist individuals with disabilities. The activities will take place in Memorial Stadium and will include a variety of appropriate sport-related activities.

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Life Skills Keith Zimmer, Director of Education & Engagement Stacey Burling and the Life Skills Department staff are responsible for the evening’s activities and organization.

“Husker Heroes is a mutually beneficial event providing a memorable evening for all of our special guests, yet also sets the tone regarding the importance of service and leadership for our student-athletes,” Zimmer said. “Our newest Huskers have heard great things about Husker Heroes from their peers and are eager to serve and make a positive impact.”

MEDIA:

Media members are invited to shoot video, take pictures and speak with participants from 5-6 p.m.  Please enter the Stadium at Gate 11.

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