Huskers Provide Hope for Middle Tennessee Students
By: Cole Gray
Emily Fay is named Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month by Doing Good. Fay’s nonprofit, Nashville Huskers, was born out of a heart for community and love of Nebraska Cornhusker football. Nashville Huskers holds watch parties at The Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs for Nebraska sporting events. The nonprofit uses its membership dues and merchandise sales to raise scholarship money for Middle Tennessee students seeking to attend the University of Nebraska. To date, Nashville Huskers has hosted over 100 watch parties, 10,000 guests and raised over $18,000 in scholarship money.
Fay, a native of Colorado and an alumna of Nebraska, moved to Nashville in 2007 and planned the first watch party in September 2009. Twenty people responded to Fay’s cold-call Facebook messages. Eighty showed up. Nashville Huskers averaged 50 people per week for the rest of that season. Attendance snowballed from there.
“I just wanted to watch football with other Nebraskans. That’s what it was when I started. But it has evolved into a community that’s fantastic.”
Two years later, the university approached her, wanting to make Nashville Huskers an official alumni association. Now, a partnership with the Nebraska Legends scholarship fund matches every dollar that Nashville Huskers raises for students.
“Knowing that we can send somebody from the state of Tennessee, deep in SEC territory, to the University of Nebraska…if we can help that, it’s fantastic.”
Nashville’s Volunteer of the Month is a program of Doing Good, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization which educates and inspires people by celebrating the real stories of real people who volunteer. For additional information about Emily, Doing Good, or other volunteers, visit the website www.DoingGood.tv or @DoingGoodTV on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.
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