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Tom Osborne Promotes TeamMates Mentoring Program

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Tom Osborne says it doesn't take a Hall of Fame coach, just a caring adult to make a difference in a child's life.

The newly retired athletic director is spending more time promoting TeamMates, the mentoring program he founded 20 years ago.

He says a preacher invested in his grandfather, changing his family for generations.

Now Dr. Tom pays it forward. 

He said, "TeamMates can have a huge impact because of the ripple effect, because one person affects another and another and that goes on through generations and can have a very powerful impact."
Even as a 75-year-old running a major athletic department, Osborne continued to mentor a child.

TeamMates hopes to grow to reach another 3,000 kids by next year for a total of 10,000.

But Osborne told an audience in Grand Island that they need help.

He said, "Hardest thing we have to do is recruit workers. We almost always have a third more kids who want a mentor than mentors."
Osborne spoke at the Ag Outlook 2013 conference, which was donating a portion of ticket sales to the organization.

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