LINCOLN – One of the overarching themes at the University of Nebraska is a commitment to “supporting our student-athletes to achieve success in academics, athletics, and life.” On Wednesday, December 5, the “life” portion of this mission could be observed on full display, as the Nebraska football team devoted their off-day from practice to a city-wide day of community outreach.
With the University shut down for a National Day of Mourning to honor the late President George H.W. Bush, five buses departed Memorial Stadium early Wednesday morning with nearly 100 student-athlete volunteers. As part of the day of outreach, these student-athletes would be serving five separate locations throughout the Lincoln community: North American Martyrs Catholic School, Tabitha Senior Services, Bryan LGH West Hospital, Matt Talbot Kitchen, and Food Bank of Lincoln.
The early December trip comes on the heels of the team’s hospital visits on November 21, a 23-year tradition at Nebraska. Along with the visits on the eve of Thanksgiving, the team’s most recent day of outreach conveys that volunteerism and service is an important part of Nebraska football. That is how it always has been, how it is now, and how it will continue to be for years to come.