TeamMates celebrates Coach Tom Osborne’s 85th Birthday

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Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 7:06 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Former Cornhusker players are rallying together to help ring in Coach Tom Osborne’s 85th birthday!

That means giving back to the community.

Former players are encouraging folks to donate $85 dollars to his nonprofit, TeamMates.

“A lot of people see Tom’s legacy as a football coach, what he’s done on the field but off the field, he has impacted 40,000 mentees,” said DeMoine Adams, TeamMates CEO.

Good morning and HAPPY TEAMMATES MENTORING DAY! It's official! We are so excited to kick off Tom Osborne's 85th birthday with this amazing announcement from Governor Pete Ricketts in Nebraska.

Posted by TeamMates Mentoring Program on Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The non-profit is celebrating its 30th year. It’s a mentoring program impacting students in five states.

Leaders with TeamMates say about 10,000 kids are benefiting from the program each year.

“There are relationships that are being established, which leads to trust and hope, engagement, well being. These are all things that happen when a young person is matched with a mentor,” said Adams.

Program leaders say the $85 donated can go a long way.

“$85 will help a lot. Our background checks cost between $30 and $40 so that covers two background checks because safety is one of our core dollars,” said Adams.

Thank you Coach Tom Osborne for all you do for our youth! You are Simply the Best! Tune in to TeamMates Facebook Live Birthday Bash today at 4 p.m. today for more fun videos like this one! For more information, please go to

Posted by TeamMates Mentoring Program on Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Leaders at TeamMates say they hope Coach Osborne’s birthday challenge helps sustain the program for another 30 years, impacting thousands of more children.

“If we don’t show the way for our generation then our future does not look bright,” said Adams.

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