27 UNL Student-Athletes Presented the Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award 2023

The Sam Foltz 27 HERO Leadership Award, awards student-athlete leaders from each varsity sport.

The criteria for the HERO Award include exceptional leadership, consistent and dedicated community service, and positive influence on the team.

Nominees are identified by the Life Skills staff with approval from the Academic staff and Head Coaches. HERO recipients are announced at the annual A Night at the Lied student-athlete recognition event held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts every April.

2023 Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award Recipients

Isabel Adrover Gallego, Women’s Tennis

Bekka Allick, Volleyball

Kaitlyn Barth, Swimming and Diving

Michael Booker III, Football

Efry Cervantes, Baseball

Crystal Elliott, Bowling

Madelynn Erickson, Rifle

Mya Felder, Softball

Mikai Gbayor, Football

Genesis Gibson, Women’s Gymnastics

John Goodwin, Football

Sam Griesel, Men’s Basketball

Kolby Heinerikson, Men’s Track and Field

Roni Hietaranta, Men’s Tennis

Chris Hiser, Men’s Gymnastics

Clayton Keys, Men’s Track and Field

Maddie Krull, Women’s Basketball

Berkeley Livingston, Swimming and Diving

Brynna McQuillen, Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field

Abbey Newlun, Softball

Marissa Popoola, Soccer

Reagan Raabe, Soccer

Jenna Rogers, Women’s Track and Field

Kathryn Thaler, Women’s Gymnastics

Michaela Vavrova, Women’s Golf

Derrick Walker, Men’s Basketball

Nieve Walsh, Women’s Track and Field