OMAHA – The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) men’s and women’s basketball teams provided a free basketball clinic to more than 100 military-affiliated children on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Offutt Air Force Base Field House.
Players and coaches led the participants in drills to improve their skills, signed autographs, and spoke to the kids about the importance of good sportsmanship.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also spoke to the attendees and thanked them and their families for their contribution to our nation’s defense.
UNO has a longstanding commitment to being a military-friendly university. In 1951, UNO became one of the first universities in the nation to implement the U.S. Air Force's Bootstrap program, which was designed to help veterans complete their education after returning from active service.
Thousands of veterans graduated from UNO through the duration of this program, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel.
In 2011, UNO opened its Office of Military and Veteran Services, which supports all military-affiliated students' academic achievement, career attainment, financial health, and overall physical and mental wellness.
Today, more than a tenth of UNO's undergraduate class is military-affiliated.
Military Times has ranked UNO as the nation's no. 1 four year university for military-affiliated students for two years running. For the last two years, Military Times has also ranked UNO's College of Business Administration (CBA) as the nation’s best business school for military and veteran students seeking education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
Information & photographs are courtesy of 55th Wing Public Affairs.