First 48 aims to support first-year football players

The inaugural First 48, a program developed by the Hastings College Student Engagement team, Alumni Association and Bronco football, will welcome more than 50 first-year football players to campus Friday, August 5, two days before fall camp begins.

First 48 graphicFirst 48 aims to connect the student athletes with Hastings College resources and to reduce barriers that may prevent first year football players from achieving their collegiate goals, while maximizing their Hastings College experience.

During the two days, students will attend sessions and activities focused on strategies for enhancing their overall wellbeing, including academic, financial, technology, mental health, physical health, social engagement and relationships. They will also have opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with staff, student leaders and Gridiron Club members, who are individuals that support the Hastings College football program.

Student athletes and their families arrive the morning of Friday, August 5. After moving into their residence halls, they’ll be together for a welcome and activities, with families leaving at 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, August 6, student athletes will participate in activities and additional sessions during the day before meeting with Pete Ferguson ‘96, having dinner with 25 Gridiron members and then meeting with Dr. Tom Osborne ‘59.

Football camp then opens Sunday, August 7.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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