NORFOLK, NE — The kids came to see the Huskers… but the Husker came to support the heroes.
The Norfolk Noon Optimists hosted the Huskers vs. Hometown Heroes basketball game on Friday night to raise money for the organization’s yearly activities.
The senior football players were happy to hit the hardwood because it meant recognizing the heroes team – made up of first responders, military personnel and teachers.
“I feel like they’re the unsung heroes,” defensive lineman Jerald Foster said. “You always hear about athletes everyone looks up to. I feel like we’re the ones looking up to them.”
Jerald Foster, Mick Stoltenberg, Bryan Reimers, Peyton Newell and Mikale Wilbon represented the Huskers. There were flashes of basketball brilliance… but you could see why they chose the gridiron.
The Noon Optimists chose to recognize the heroes
“They may not get as much press, they may not get as much attention but they’re just as important as our sports players and superheroes,” Co-President Liz Wallace said.
The proceeds go to Optimist programs like Head Start and Operation Christmas Tree.