Husker football team hosts 9th annual fundraiser for childhood brain cancer research | Health and Fitness
“Seize your moments, tell the people you love that you love them and say ‘yes’ to the things that matter. Eat dessert, take the vacation and run the race. Let’s run this race to honor those who cannot be here with us today, to celebrate those who can, and to change the future for those who come after.”
Event dedicated to the late Andy Hoffman
This year’s event was dedicated to the late Andy Hoffman, the co-founder of Team Jack Foundation. After almost ten years advocating brain cancer in children, Hoffman himself was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in July 2020. He fought hard for seven months, while continuing the battle against childhood brain cancer, before passing away last March.
Andy’s wife Brianna, his children Jack, Ava and Reese, and many other family members were on hand to run and walk in Andy’s honor.
Prior to the start of the 5K race, Nebraska football coaches Greg Austin and Ryan Held spoke about the impact this race will have on them and on the team, ending with a “Go Big Red” igniting the crowd.
Next, Keith Zimmer, senior associate athletic director and director of the Life Skills Department, on behalf of the Nebraska football team, presented the Hoffman family with a framed No. 1 Nebraska jersey named HOFFMAN and an inset photo of the Hoffman family at a past road game. The plaque on the gift reads: “In honor of Andy Hoffman’s outstanding leadership and advocacy in raising awareness and funding for childhood brain cancer research. Always remembered, never forgotten and deeply passionate about Husker football as we always strive to make a difference! Presented on Sunday, June 20, 2021, by the Nebraska football team and the entire Husker Nation.