Grapevine, Texas – University of Nebraska Assistant A.D. for Life Skills Keith Zimmer received one of the top honors in college athletics on Monday, as he was presented the Dr. Gene Hooks Award for CHAMPS Administrator of the Year at the Division IA Athletic Directors Association Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

This award is presented each year to the 1-A CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) administrator who has made a significant contribution to the 1A CHAMPS program over a five-year period of time. The winner may be an athletic director, CHAMPS program administrator or an associate director who oversees a CHAMPS program, so long as the individual has made a valuable contribution to the welfare of the Division 1A student-athletes.

Zimmer, who has worked at Nebraska since 1988, directs Nebraska’s nationally-renowned Life Skills program and oversees the career counseling program for student-athletes and the community outreach program. Regarded as a national leader in the Life Skills area, Zimmer was selected as a trainer for the NCAA Life Skills program in 1997. In 1998-99, Nebraska’s Life Skills program received the prestigious Program of Excellence Award. Zimmer also helps facilitate "Husker CHOICES," the NCAA Choices Alcohol Education program and oversees the athletic department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The award is named for Dr. Gene Hooks, who was the first Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association Executive Director. Dr. Hooks recognized the need to honor the Association mission statement's commitment to the "well-being of the student-athletes."

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