Authored by: Keith Zimmer.
The Husker Life Skills program arguably offers one of the most comprehensive support services to student-athletes in the country. Whereas some of the supports services are of the more traditional variety ranging from orientations to individual meetings and transition courses, a wide range of offerings showcasing the versatility and value of the program was most evident on a recent Friday, the day before a home Nebraska Football game.
Husker student-athlete role-models were featured presenters at an area 9th Grade Counts Assembly impacting hundreds of high school freshman about the importance of education. Full-time staff members Jessie Gardner, Stacey Burling and Keith Zimmer met with numerous prospects and families reviewing the components of Nebraska's award winning program. Recruits from the sports of football, volleyball, women's basketball, men's basketball, wrestling, women's gymnastics, men's gymnastics, track and field and soccer became better educated on the importance of life skills, total person development and preparation for life after sports. Current Nebraska student-athletes visited the life skills center for individual meetings to either create or update their personal resume. Former student-athletes are frequent visitors to the complex on the day before home games proudly showing off their past stomping grounds and introducing family and friends to staff who played a role in their development and current success. At high noon on this Friday, career partner Mutual of Omaha and the famed "Wild Kingdom" made a return visit to the Life Skills Center. Well over 125 student-athletes enjoyed a dynamic presentation allowing for education and interaction with the likes of a kangaroo, tarantula, fox, and several other exotic animals. Although clearly a career-related event for some of the fisheries and wildlife, animal science and pre-vet student-athletes in attendance; the event is offered by life skills to recognize the commitment, compliance and engagement of student-athletes toward the life skills team and services. Also, freshman and transfer student-athletes enjoyed the interactive Sunday night Life Skills seminar, which collaborated with campus speakers on the topics of wellness, sleep, personal defense and conflict resolution. Lastly, reminders to the "Life Skills Guest Coaches" for the upcoming football game were made putting the finishing touches on the day in the life of Husker Life Skills.