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Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne speaks about TeamMates program at South Sioux City HS

Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne speaks about TeamMates program at South Sioux City HS

Legendary Nebraska football coach and former congressman Tom Osborne was in Siouxland this afternoon.

Osborne spoke to a group at South Sioux City High School about the TeamMates Mentoring program he and his wife started in 1991 and the impact it has not only on the student mentees, but the adult mentors as well.

"Everyone needs a mentor in their life. Most successful people can point to at least one or two or three people who have come alongside at key times. We are serving 8,000 kids but we are really serving 16,000 people because there are 8,000 mentors who are also benefiting from what they are doing," said Osborne.

One mentor says this program not only helps students get ready for college, but the future as well.

"When you establish that relationship and you know that student is looking forward to seeing you, it is so worth your time and the effort that you put forth to make those students lives better and help them with their future," said Eliza Crim, a teacher and TeamMates mentor.

TeamMates provides a mentor to 8,000 youth across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming, with hopes of serving 12,000youth by the year 2020.

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