FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
Lincoln – With the official start of practice just over a week away, the Nebraska baseball team took time to visit Lincoln’s Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
“Madonna appreciates the Husker baseball team’s visit to our hospital as part of their community outreach,” said Tami Rudder, Marketing and PR Specialist. “The student-athletes made an impact by simply offering encouragement to a patient or talking baseball with a resident. With all the time demands on these young athletes, it is heart-warming that they participate in the volunteer effort and give back to the community.”
The Huskers split up into two groups and spent over an hour interacting with patients, many of whom are at Madonna for weeks or months in intensive rehabilitation. Several members of the team had the chance to meet former Husker track and field sprinter Charlie Greene, as the 1968 Olympic gold medalist is currently recovering at Madonna. The team also met several patients who are Husker baseball fans, including one season ticket holder behind home plate at Hawks Field.
One of several community outreach events throughout the year, the visit was organized with the assistance of Keith Zimmer, Nebraska’s Associate Athletic Director for Life Skills, and Jackie Wallgren, Life Skills Assistant.
The Huskers open practice next Friday, Jan. 28. The season opener is Feb. 18 as the Huskers take on Texas State in San Marcos, Texas.