Twenty-two new Husker football student-athletes received yet another ‘W’ off the field on Tuesday, August 6th, for volunteering at both the Calvert and Belmont Community Recreation Centers. As part of their football newcomer orientation, they were able to interact with local children while proudly sporting their Nebraska football jerseys. The players were shuttled to either Belmont or Calvert for one hour where they spoke to the students, answered questions, signed autographs, and played a variety of games including foursquare and dodgeball. The kids at both recreation centers welcomed the student-athletes with homemade signs and Husker cheers, making this a memorable experience for both the participants and players.
For many of the student-athletes, this was not their first time interacting with Husker Nation and representing the Nebraska Football program. In June, a handful of the football players took part in a Life Skills outreach event at the Stadium where they signed autographs, posed for pictures, and conversed with participants from Lincoln’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. The team then took part in the inaugural Nebraska Football Uplifting Athletes Road Race in July. The race drew approximately 700 participants, raised nearly $15,000 for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research, and introduced the players to the power of hope. The most recent event, Fan Day, brought 6,000 fans to Memorial Stadium, confirming to the new players that they really are admired.
Nebraska Tight End Cethan Carter, truly enjoyed the outreach event; “It was good to get out there. We were able to make little kids happy by making their day.” Teammate Christian Bailey stated that he was impressed by the kids and their preparation. “For how young they were they asked a lot of tough questions.” Fellow newcomer Zach Hannon was happy to have the opportunity to participate in another outreach event this summer. “It was fun to interact with the kids and play dodgeball with them. I really enjoyed the experience.”A big thank you and congratulations to the new football student-athletes who made this event such a success while making lasting memories for all involved.