Beef Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic-Feta Spread

Husker Athlete Outreach Programs

Adam Wegner- Nebraska Beef Council | July 15, 2022

Husker Student Athlete Outreach The Beef Checkoff partnered with the Husker Performance Nutrition team at UNL to host several events in July for student athletes. The first annual Husker Gourmet Burger Contest featured 12 Husker football players who competed to build beef burgers for a panel of judges and claim the title of “Gourmet Burger Champion.” The contest was held at the Lewis Training Table in Memorial Stadium and was open to all athlete spectators. 

The Nebraska Beef Council was a supporting sponsor providing additional activities and education during the event. Athletes were given the opportunity answer beef nutrition trivia questions for a chance to win prizes.  

“The athletes had a lot of fun and created some unique burgers,” said Mitch Rippe, director of nutrition and education at the Nebraska Beef Council. “This event provided a great opportunity to educate the athletes on the importance of good nutrition and how the nutrients in beef can support their athletic performance.” 

Later in the week, the Nebraska Beef Council again partnered with Husker Performance Nutrition to host a cooking class for UNL female athletes. The class showcased beef as a performance protein option and highlighted the versatility that beef provides. During the session, student athletes utilized chopped sirloin to create four recipes that could be utilized for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

“Beef provides the nutrients these students athletes need to perform at a high level,” said Rippe. “Our goal is to show them how to prepare it and how easy it can be to incorporate beef into their next meal.” 


The Nebraska Beef Council is a non-profit organization served by a nine-member board of directors. The volunteers oversee Nebraska’s beef checkoff and checkoff-funded programs. Programs for marketing and promotion are funded by the $1 beef checkoff.