Nebraska Scores Victory Versus Hunger
On Thursday, April 6th, more than 200 Nebraska student-athletes, letterwinner alumni and athletic department staff celebrated National Student-Athlete Day by giving back to those in need.
For the second year in a row, Nebraska Athletics partnered with Kids Against Hunger to pack vacuum-sealed meals to send to those in need of food locally, nationally, and internationally.
“Every six seconds, someone dies from hunger-related diseases,” said Becky Snedeker, Executive Director of Lincoln Kids Against Hunger. “The meals Nebraska Athletics packed last year and tonight have made and will make a large impact in fighting hunger. Each meal is truly a lifesaving meal.”
As natural-born competitors, participants were focused on out-packing the 33,366 meals packed during last year’s event. Surpassing last year’s count by more than 1,500, participants packed an impressive 35,226 meals in less than two hours.
“One of my favorite aspects of the event both this year and last year was competing to pack the most meals, knowing that while doing so, we are helping curb hunger for people throughout the world,” said Austin Post, junior cross country and track and field athlete. “Hearing we packed more than 35,000 meals was awesome.”
Held in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day, participants enjoyed connecting with current and alumni student-athletes, while talking about all facets of their student-athlete experiences.
“The N Club service project with Kids Against Hunger is a ‘win-win’,” said Jeanne Boller, women’s basketball letterwinner (1977, 1978). “It gives Nebraska letterwinners the opportunity to participate in a community service project, while reconnecting with past and current student-athletes. I meet new student-athletes every year from all different sports at UNL.”
“My other favorite aspect of this event and all N Club events is meeting other letterwinners and interacting with other student-athletes and staff I normally don’t have the privilege of connecting with,” said Post. “Having this N Club service event on National Student-Athlete Day reminded all of us that there are multiple facets of being a student-athlete and highlighted the student-athlete as someone who not only excels in athletics and academics, but also in life.”