LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska Athletic Department announced several initiatives Wednesday to honor the legacy of Husker punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a Wisconsin car accident on July 23.
A football scholarship will be awarded in Foltz’s honor, as well as renaming one of the Life Skills Awards for student-athletes at Nebraska.
The athletic department will award one of its 85 football scholarships in honor of Sam Foltz. The Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship will be presented annually to a member of the football program who embodied Foltz’s traits of leadership, excellence in the community and in the classroom.
The 2016 scholarship recipient will be recognized on the field prior to the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 3.
The football team will honor Foltz throughout the 2016 season with a special SF27 helmet decal. The SF27 logo will also be featured on players’ gameday hats, sweatshirts and compression shirts, as well as on the coaches’ sideline polo shirts.
To recognize his contributions in the community during his time at Nebraska, the Hero Leadership Award will be renamed the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award. Beginning with the 2017 Night at the Lied ceremony in April, the award will be presented to 27 student-athletes across all sports who exhibit strong leadership qualities, commitment to service and ability to encourage/empower peers.
Foltz was one of the recipients of the 2016 Hero Leadership Award for his community outreach work.