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Give back to your Community

We prove the “Heartland” is more than just a nickname. There are several organizations that make philanthropy their daily mission, and community-wide events that unite different people under a singular mission are never hard to find. One such event, Safe Quarters, brings out over 100 teams of volunteers to collect quarters door-to-door for victims of domestic violence. Give to Lincoln Day is an annual time dedicated to appreciating the improvement to individual lives and the city as a whole our various non-profit organizations. By encouraging contributions to these organizations, the community easily takes a part in upholding the city’s generous ideals. In 2015, Give to Lincoln Day resulted in over $3 million from more than 14,000 different people to charities such as People’s City Mission and the Capital Humane Society. Lincoln has a lot of love to give, and we wear it right on our sleeve. The youth mentoring program Teammates was started by former University of Nebraska—Lincoln athletic director Tom Osborne. This mentoring program has grown throughout Lincoln, into Iowa and all the way to San Francisco. Whether someone in sharing their time, talent or treasure with their city, Lincoln has ample service opportunity in a community where you can see the difference being made.

Making Sports Big in Lincoln

Lincoln is a sports town. While Nebraska football may seem to dominate the sports scene, it is not the only game in town. Husker athletics bring millions of dollars to the Lincoln community each year. They also bring many first-time visitors.

“The Husker football game day experience is like no other and reunites families, old friends and competitors each year,” said Jeff Maul, executive director of the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nebraska fans show plenty of friendliness and warm welcomes. We have been called the nicest fans in college football.

Not only does the Husker football team have the nation’s record for consecutive home game sellouts – home games have sold out since 1962 – so does the women’s volleyball team. Nebraska volleyball continues to draw large crowds by winning games and championships and has sold out home matches since 2001.

Beyond Husker athletics are numerous other sporting events that draw fans. Baseball fans enjoy watching the Lincoln Saltdogs team play between May and August while hockey fans watch the Lincoln Stars from October through April.

Youth have a lot of sporting activities in school, at the YMCA and through Lincoln Parks and Recreation. Club sports continue to increase in Lincoln, using many indoor and outdoor sports venues. A new facility in Lincoln that hosts club soccer activities along with other sports is the Speedway Sporting Village. This facility is home to an indoor field house, event center and sports performance facility. Those looking for some indoor fun can find it at Defy Gravity, the first indoor trampoline park in Lincoln.

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