Sam Foltz 27 HERO Leadership Awards
The Sam Foltz 27 HERO Leadership Award, named in honor of late former Husker punter Sam Foltz, awards student-athlete leaders from each varsity sport. The criteria for the HERO Award include exceptional leadership, consistent and dedicated community service, and positive influence on the team. Nominees are identified by the Life Skills staff with approval from the Academic staff and Head Coaches. HERO recipients are announced at the annual A Night at the Lied student-athlete recognition event held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts every April.
2019 Sam Foltz 27 HERO Leadership Award Recipients
|Thomas Allen, Basketball||Grace Mitchell, Basketball|
|Avery Anderson, Football||Raquel Orozco, Bowling|
|Kirsten Baete, Golf||Daniel Pearson, Golf|
|Zemua Baptista, Wrestling||Claire Reifeis, Tennis|
|Emma Bresser, Cross Country/Track & Field||Ryan Schommer, Football|
|Rachel Brush, Cross Country/Track & Field||Jonathan Scripnick, Gymnastics|
|Sadio Fenner, Cross Country/Track & Field||Brooke Smith, Volleyball|
|Kaylyn Flatt, Swim & Dive||Ben Stille, Football|
|Ethan Frazier, Baseball||Anezka Szabo, Volleyball|
|Kayla Gadeken, Rifle||Rylie Unzicker, Softball|
|Sierra Hassel, Gymnastics||Savannah Uveges, Soccer|
|Michaela Loebel, Soccer||Emma Worley, Tennis|
|Anna McDonald, Swim & Dive|
|Jon Meyer, Tennis|
|Sinclaire Miramontez, Soccer|
Heart and Soul Award
Formerly known as the Gerard Life Skills Award of Excellence, the Heart and Soul Award is presented annually at A Night at the Lied to Nebraska student-athletes who have consistently gone above and beyond with community service and outreach initiatives throughout their college career. Dubbed the "Heisman of Life Skills," each recipient must be a senior student-athlete who is in their final season of athletic eligibility. Honorees are determined by Life Skills and Academic Support staff as well as coaches.
Heart and Soul Award Recipients
2019 - Freedom Akinmoladun (Football), Bri Cassidy (Softball), Tanner Farmer (Football), Jerald Foster (Football), Jackie Jeschke (Swimming and Diving), Catelyn Orel (Women's Gymnastics), Nina Radulovic (Rifle) and Aris Shino (Wrestling).
2018 - Connor Adamsick (Men's Gymnastics) Danielle Breen (Women's Gymnastics) Jake McSteen (Baseball) Gina Metzler (Softball) Erin Oeltjen (Swimming & Diving) Alli Peterson (Soccer) Katt Sickle (Swimming & Diving)
2014 - Amanda Burau (Bowling); Caleb Kolb (Wrestling); Sunny Russell (Rifle); and CJ Zimmerer (Football)
2013 - Ben Cotton (Football); Kelsey Larson (Swimming & Diving); and Mary Weatherholt (Women's Tennis)
2011 - Jordan Burroughs (Wrestling); Erin Hannon (Track & Field); and Alex Henery (Football)
2010 - Blake Lawrence (Football)
2009 - Betsy Miller (Cross Country; Track & Field)
2008 - Matt Senske (Football)
Brook Berringer Citizenship Team
Created after the passing of quarterback Brook Berringer, the Citizenship Team recognizes Husker football players who have demonstrated a passion for service and involvement. To be named to the Team, football student-athletes must complete a minimum of six service projects, be in good academic standing, and have demonstrated excellent conduct. Recipients receive an award and are honored at the annual Spring Football game.
2019 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team
|Freedom Akinmoladun||Christian Gaylord||Hunter Miller|
|Quayshon Alexander||Luke Gifford||Jordan Paup|
|Austin Allen||Austin Hemphill||Brian Perez|
|Avery Anderson||Trent Hixson||Barret Pickering|
|Fyn Anderson||Todd Honas||Cameron Pieper|
|Jake Archer||Matt Jarzynka||Kurt Rafdal|
|Mitchell Balenger||Pernell Jefferson||Bryan Reimers|
|Anthony Banderas||Joseph Johnson||Casey Rogers|
|Broc Bando||Grant Jordan||Connor Ruth|
|Christian Banker||Spencer Jordan||Corbin Ruth|
|Mohamed Barry||Cameron Jurgens||Ryan Schommer|
|Brody Belt||Reid Karel||Collin Shefke|
|Andrew Bunch||Bo Kittrell||Matt Sichterman|
|Tony Butler||Eric Lee||Isaiah Stalbird|
|Chris Cassidy||Katerian LeGrone||Ben Stille|
|Ty Chaffin||Wyatt Liewer||Jack Stoll|
|Damion Daniels||Caleb Lightbourn||Mick Stoltenberg|
|Michael Decker||Ben Lingenfelter||Eli Sullivan|
|JoJo Domann||Adrian Martinez||Caleb Tannor|
|Tanner Farmer||Matt Masker||Cam Taylor|
|Matt Farniok||Wyatt Mazour||Chase Urbach|
|Will Farniok||Lane McCallum||Jackson Walker|
|Colton Feist||Noah McCashland||Kade Warner|
|Tyrin Ferguson||Justin McGriff||Jacob Weinmaster|
|Bennett Folkers||Collin Miller||Tate Wilderman|
Click here for past winners.
Newly created and implemented for the first time in the 2013-2014 academic calendar year, the annual Citizenship Team pays tribute to legendary Nebraska Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, . Under Osborne, Nebraska was among the first institutions nationwide to implement a comprehensive Life Skills program. To be named to the Citizenship Team, student-athletes must complete a minimum of six new service projects, and/or mentor in the academic calendar year, while being in both good academic and athletic standing. In it's sixth year, Nebraska proudly named 384 student-athletes to the 2018-2019 Citizenship Team. Honorees were recognized at A Night at the Lied with a Tom Osborne Citizenship Team medallion.
Click here to view this year's recipients.
Life Skills facilitates all student-athlete postgraduate nominations. Opportunities are available at both the conference and national level; student-athletes who are in their final season of athletic eligibility and meet a minimum grade point average along with excellence in the community are eligible to apply. Award amounts range between $5,000 and $10,000 per scholarship. To apply, students must secure letters of recommendation, complete a personal statement and summarize all athletic achievements, academic honors and community service.