2012.08.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
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UNO Gerontology, Athletics to Host Athletes and Elders Launch Event Aug. 17
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Gerontology and UNO Athletics Department will launch the fourth year of the highly successful Athletes and Elders program at a special news event on Friday, Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Throughout the school year, UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest matches UNO athletic teams with local elder care facilities in Omaha, allowing each team to visit the elders throughout the metro area.
The lead-off event will be held in the HPER Building on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus and feature opening remarks from UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts and festivities involving local elders, UNO coaches and student athletes.
The program, the first of its kind in the United States, is supported through grant funding by the Dorot Foundation in New York City. The grant was awarded to the UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, a national gerontology honor society, and is administered by students in the chapter.
“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, department chair.
The athlete and elder partnerships are facilitated by Community 360, an Omaha nonprofit organization that, since 1992, has been recruiting, training and matching volunteer visitors with institutionalized elders in Omaha.
For more information on the event, contact Pam Schwarting, UNO Athletics, at 402.554-3689; Lyn Holley at 402.554.4814; Davis Piontek, Sigma Phi Omega, at 402.554.2272; or Paul Falkowski, Community 360, at 402.556.8032.
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