Nominations open for 'Heroes Game'

'Heroes' will be honored at Iowa-Nebraska game in November

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Who’s your hero?

Do you know someone who has performed an extraordinary act of courage or dedicated countless hours to a special cause? The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, the Iowa and Nebraska chapters of the American Red Cross, and Hy-Vee are looking for the common citizens, the unheralded and unselfish pillars of our community.

One hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be honored Nov. 25 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., when the Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers play the inaugural Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee.

“Given the fact that the game will be played the day after Thanksgiving, I can’t think of a better way to salute all citizens of ours two states by honoring two ‘Citizen Heroes’ who have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty. We also hope we receive hundreds if not thousands of nominations because no good deed is too small,” said Gary Barta, director of athletics at the University of Iowa.

"We believe that the people of Iowa and the people of Nebraska are very much alike in many ways. Both believe in an honest day's work, the importance of community and family, and both love college football and their football heroes. We also know there are citizens of our states doing exceptional things every day and we think they are deserving of some recognition and we look forward to using this game to do that," said Tom Osborne, director of athletics at the University of Nebraska.

Nominees must be at least 18 and live, work or go to school in Iowa or Nebraska. However, the act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state.

People selected will receive four tickets to the football game, participate in an on-field presentation, and have their name and hometown inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy.

Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 31. Nomination forms, rules, and further information can be found at or Hy-Vee stores in Iowa and Nebraska.

Nominations may also be mailed to the American Red Cross Des Moines office, 2116 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312, or faxed to (515) 244-8012 by midnight on Oct. 31. Nominations not recognized at the Heroes Game will be considered for recognition at the American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland events in selected Iowa and Nebraska cities and towns in March 2012. 

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