Ord Area TeamMates Chapter Celebrates Coaches Challenge

The Ord Area TeamMates Chapter will celebrate the Coaches Challenge at the Ord-Madison Football Game on Friday, October 21st.  The local chapter will be working to recruit new mentors and mentees and celebrate current mentor/mentee matches with sweet treats, balloons, and an information booth!  With the community’s participation, our area can help support our local youth and   contribute to the Husker’s success in the coaches challenge competition.

The National Mentoring Partnership has identified 15 million youth in need of a mentor.  Thousands of these youth live in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.  In an effort to help close the gap, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Coach Bo Pelini, Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder, Kansas University Coach Turner Gill, Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads and University of Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz have issued a friendly challenge to see which state can recruit the most new mentors.

The Coaches Challenge kicked off on August 1, 2011 and the Iowa/Nebraska winner will be announced during the Iowa vs. Nebraska football game scheduled for November 25, 2011in Lincoln.  The Iowa/Kansas winner and overall winner will be announced during the Iowa State vs. Kansas State game on December 3, 2011 in Manhattan. 

TeamMates, founded by Tom and Nancy Osborne, is a mentoring program whose mission is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.  Mentors meet one hour per week at the school to provide support and encouragement to youth. 

Any new mentor application that is received between August 1 and November 21, 2011 will count toward the “score” of the respective state with cumulative totals updated each month. By signing up to be a mentor, fans can not only show their state/team pride but can help improve the life of a child!

To learn more about the local TeamMates Program and the celebration on Friday night, contact Dahn Hagge at 308-730-2294 or Rachel Lueck at 308-202-0118, or visit

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