The most famous mentor in Nebraska -- former U.S. Rep. and legendary Husker head coach and athletic director Tom Osborne -- will bring his TeamMates mentoring message to North Platte on Wednesday. Osborne will speak from 5-6 p.m. at a reception at the Quality Inn and Suites/Sandhills Convention Center.
Anyone interested in mentoring is encouraged to attend this special TeamMates presentation, spokesman Kim Baxter said. Current mentors from area TeamMates chapters are being urged to attend as well, and to bring a guest along who has an interest in mentoring.
Due to time constraints, Osborne will not sign autographs.
TeamMates is a school-based 1-1 mentoring program for students grades 3-12 founded in 1991 by Osborne and his wife Nancy.
Today, the program serves nearly 6,000 youth in Nebraska, Iowa, and California.
It often is referred to as the “one hour difference,” because mentors are asked to devote an hour per week to make a positive difference in the life of a child.
“Osborne is focusing his energy on recruiting more mentors for TeamMates,” said Baxter, who is on the state TeamMates board of directors. “A whole lot more kids are going to benefit from this program as a result of his efforts and we are thankful he has chosen to come to North Platte to spread this important message.”
Osborne has long advocated the importance of mentoring, since he was head coach of the Huskers. While serving in Congress, he led efforts to provide more funds for mentoring programs.
“We have many wonderful young people who have asked to have a mentor and we never seem to have enough to satisfy this need. It’s not a difficult commitment and it makes such a difference in the lives of these kids,” said North Platte TeamMates Coordinator Brandy Buscher.
Buscher expects Osborne’s visit to boost recruitment of mentors for the North Platte chapter as well as those of surrounding communities.
“Between the public reception and numerous presentations that Osborne will make for some of our area’s largest employee groups, we know that many will hear his message and respond by stepping up to mentor a child,” she said.
For more about TeamMates before Osborne’s visit, log on to www.teammates.org, HERE. At the website, you can also apply on-line to be a TeamMates mentor.