Former NFL great Emmitt Smith will be the speaker at this year's D.J.'s Hero Luncheon, an event that honors seven local teenagers and serves as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Omaha.
Smith, who started his football playing days with the Salvation Army in Florida, is the NFL's all-time leading rusher, a three-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also was a “Dancing With the Stars” winner in the 2006 season.
The May 7 event begins at 11:45 a.m. at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Seating is available for 1,400.
The awards to be presented to seven local teens are named for D.J. Sokol, son of David and Peggy Sokol of Omaha, who lost his battle with cancer in 1999 at age 18.
The D.J. Hero's Scholarship recipients are chosen because they share his qualities of dedication to faith, selfless acts for others, volunteerism and commitment to the community. Each teen will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship; the Sokols doubled the value of the scholarship this year.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Salvation Army programs for children and families. Tickets are available for $100 per person. For reservations, call 402-898-7700, ext. 111, or make a reservation online at givesalvationarmy.org.