Founded in 1991 by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne with 22 football players serving as mentors, the TeamMates Mentoring Program is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021-22. In honor of this landmark occasion, TeamMates celebrated at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 11 in advance of the Nebraska vs. Buffalo game, with a pregame tailgate honoring the original Fab 22, as well as TeamMates graduates and scholarship winners.
The original Fab 22 from 1991 includes: George Achola, Brian Boerboom, Rich Bollen, Brian Brown, Derek Brown, Greg Fletcher, Bart Furrow, the late Travis Hill, Todd Hurt, Tim Johnk, Calvin Jones, Mickey Joseph, Jason Licht, Keithen McCant, John McMillen, Brad Mundt, Matt Orduna, Matt Penland, John Reece, Will Shields, Ed Stewart, Frederick Strong, Steve Volin, Erik Wiegert, Daren Williams, and Chris Zyzda.
Six of the original mentors: Rich Bollen, Calvin Jones, John McMillen, Will Shields, Dr. Steve Volin, Erik Wiegert, and two of the original mentees: Matt Moore (Steve Volin’s mentee) and Matt Kinney (Bart Furrow’s mentee, Bart unable to attend) will attend the game on Saturday. The scholarship winners and graduates will be introduced during pregame ceremonies and the original mentors and mentees will be introduced at the first quarter break.
Co-Founder Tom Osborne said, “Research shows that the number one indicator of success for a child is a good relationship with a caring adult. The TeamMates Mentoring Program has come a long way since 22 football players raised their hands to participate in a school-based mentoring program 30 years ago, but we still need to recruit mentors who are ready to make a difference in a student’s life and identify funding to sustain TeamMates program into the future.”
The TeamMates mission is to “positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.” A strengths-based mentoring program, TeamMates equips mentors to help students discover their individual strengths and talents. To ensure the safety of mentors and mentees, matches only meet at school or via a monitored portal.
As part of the 30th-anniversary celebration, a TeamMates Players’ Campaign will commence in the fall and the annual TeamMates Gala Tailgate, featuring special guests Alex Rodriguez, Warren Buffett and Tom Osborne, will be held at the La Vista Embassy Suites on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. To reserve your table now, please click here.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this event or the game, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 402-540-0276.