A trophy born of a Twitter exchange between Internet-famous Faux Pelini and a college mascot is on display this month at the Nebraska Medical Center.
The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy, created in 2014, will be displayed throughout May in the Omaha hospital’s pediatric unit.
It’s been used to raise awareness for the Team Jack Foundation and pediatric brain cancer in Nebraska and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
A Twitter exchange between the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ mascot, Goldy, and Faux Pelini, a Twitter account parodying former Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, led to the creation of the trophy in 2014.
A make-believe bet on the game between the two schools — with Faux Pelini saying if the Huskers won, he would get to break a chair over Goldy’s back — turned into the trophy.
The golden chair, housed in a plastic case, sits sideways atop a wooden platform emblazoned with the Minnesota “M” and Husker “N.” A large hole is in the seat of the chair, and a rogue piece sits next to it.
The chair disappeared for a year but made a resurgence.
The winner of the Husker-Gopher football matchup decides which charity takes home the chair each season.
The Team Jack Foundation, which raises money to fund pediatric brain cancer research, took possession of the trophy after the Huskers beat the Golden Gophers 53-28 last year.
Team Jack is the namesake of Jack Hoffman who, then 7, ran a 69-yard touchdown at Memorial Stadium during the Huskers’ 2013 spring game.
The organization offered to display the trophy at the Omaha hospital because of the brain cancer research done there, a hospital spokeswoman said.
It will be displayed through the end of May, which is brain tumor awareness month.
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