The 2019 Heart & Soul Award Winners were honored for their continued dedication to making a difference at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in April.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications


By Nebraska Athletics

 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

Click here for past winners.




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)

2017 - Trey Foster (Football); Collin Jensen (Wrestling); Jennie Laeng (Women’s Gymnastics)

2016 - Mattie Fowler (Softball), Levi Gipson, (Track & Field), Ethan Lottman (Men's Gymnastics), and Nate Wong, (Men's Golf)

2015 - Samantha Areman (Soccer); Devandrew Johnson (Track & Field); Rebekah Land (Swimming & Diving); Ian Ousley (Wrestling); Desire' Stephens (Gymnastics)

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)

2012 - Ashley Guile (Softball)

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
Jerald Foster


Click here for past winners.


Tom Osborne Citizenship Team

Newly created and implemented for the first time in the 2013-2014 academic calendar year, the annual Tom Osborne Citizenship Team pays tribute to legendary Nebraska Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Tom Osborne. Under Osborne, Nebraska was among the first institutions nationwide to implement a comprehensive Life Skills program. To be named to the Tom Osborne 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 Tom Osborne 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.


Postgraduate Scholarships

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.


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