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2013.08.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

UNO Celebrates Five Years of Teaming Athletes with Elders

Omaha - Dozens of student athletes from Omaha’s Team, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Mavericks, will spend the academic year meeting members of Omaha’s elder community as part of the Athletes and Elder’s program.

Athletes and Elders, now in its fifth year, is a partnership between UNO Athletics and UNO’s Department of Gerontology.

The program will celebrate the launch of this year's program on Friday, Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the main entrance of UNO’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation building. The event will include a message from UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts and feature representatives from each of UNO’s athletic teams as well as a number of visiting elders from the Omaha metro area.

The program was the first of its kind when it was created in 2009, partnering each student athletes with local elder care facilities. Community 360, an Omaha nonprofit which regularly matches volunteers with institutionalized elders, assists in the pairing.

“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.

Athletes and Elders is funded, in part, by the Dorot Foundation in New York City through a College Initiative Grant for Intergenerational Programs.

The program is managed by the members of the UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontology honor society with support of partners like Community 360.

For more information about Athletes and Elders or this year’s launch event, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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