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2011.08.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Athletes and Elders Program Kick-Off is Sept. 8

Omaha - The Department of Gerontology and UNO Athletics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will launch the second year of the Athletes and Elders program at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The kick-off event will be held in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons at UNO, featuring Athletic Director Trev Alberts, along with local elders, UNO coaches and student athletes.

UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest is the first program of its kind in the United States. It’s supported by a College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs, a DOROT Volunteer Project, funded in part by the Dorot Foundation, which is headquartered in New York City.

The grant was awarded to the UNO chapter of the national gerontology honor society (Sigma Phi Omega, Upsilon Nu Chapter) and is administered by students in the chapter (President, Marietta Sewell; and Vice President Athletes and Elders, Aby Zuniga) and its faculty advisor (Lyn Holley).

Athletic teams are “matched” with local facilities by Desert Ministries, an Omaha nonprofit organization which, since 1992, has been recruiting, training and matching volunteer visitors with institutionalized elders in Omaha.

“This multifaceted partnership with Omaha’s Team, at its heart, adds elders to the UNO circle of life experience and education, and is rewarding to all involved,” said Julie Masters, chair of the UNO Department of Gerontology.

For more information:
UNO Athletics: Pam Schwarting, (402) 554-3689
UNO Gerontology: Lyn Holley, (402) 554-4814
UNO Chapter Sigma Phi Omega: Marietta Sewell or Aby Zuniga, (402) 554-2272
Desert Ministries: Paul Falkowski, (402) 556-8032

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