Huskers pose with student leaders after speaking to their middle school peers.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
Huskers Share & Inspire During Education Week
Authored by Keith Zimmer.
For the past 20 years, Nebraska student-athletes have
appeared at LPS middle schools sharing messages about education and life. National American Education Week has been a
cornerstone event of the Ventures In Partnership relationship between Husker
Life Skills and the Lincoln Public Schools Department of Special Education
since 1992. The goal of the program is
to use role-model student-athletes to reinforce the importance of education
while providing success strategies to help middle schools students thrive
ultimately resulting in high school graduation with the tools and confidence to
pursue college while enhancing career marketability.
The 2012 version of American Education Week included nine
visits involving 40 student-athlete volunteers who impacted nearly 2,000
students. Wrestling student-athlete
Caleb Kolb volunteered to speak at both Goodrich and Lefler. "It was rewarding and a great chance to share
some of my personal experiences with school and decision-making to hopefully
keep the students on the right path." Football
student-athlete Ron Kellogg III told the student-athletes that it takes
discipline and commitment to be successful.
"I put my hour by hour schedule for each day of the week on the grease
board as I wanted them to see that time management, motivation and work-ethic
are all key to having success."
Volleyball student-athlete Gina Mancuso encouraged students to dream big
and live life with passion. "Make the
most of your opportunities, believe in yourself and take advantage of
support. By doing this, the sky is the
limit," remarked Mancuso.
In the 20 year history of Husker
student-athletes visiting LPS middle schools for American Education week,
nearly 1,000 student-athletes have participated impacting over 45,000
youth. Nebraska student-athletes welcome
the opportunity to use the athletic platform as an attention getter to make a
positive difference related to education and life. Student-athletes are reinforcing daily
messages and lessons stressed by teachers and parents with the ultimate goal of
positioning middle school students for graduation and future success.