IOWA CITY, Iowa — The annual football meeting between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers kicks off this year from Kinnick Stadium at 3 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 25. It marks the second year for SCHEELS to title sponsor the tradition-rich “Heroes Game,” which recognizes and celebrates local heroes who inspire others and positively impact the community.
SCHEELS’ commitment to supporting everyday heroes is reflected through its dedicated “Heroes Game” sponsorship. This year, SCHEELS and the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate two such heroes – charity auctioneers Randy Stabe of Hinton, Iowa, and Clint Vos of Lawton, Iowa.
The longtime Hawkeye fans volunteer their auctioneer services annually to nearly 30 nonprofit organizations, many of which they have served for more than three decades. The Boys and Girls Club specifically has benefited more than 40 years from the devoted auctioneer services of Stabe and Vos. In addition to donating their time, the talented pair often donate or purchase items at charity functions as a complementary way to help support the cause.
“It was evident through the multiple entries received, that Randy and Clint were affirmed by so many for their outstanding charitable work with countless organizations – clearly standing out as ‘local heroes’ who make a tremendous impact in the community,” said Nathan Johnson, Communications & Sponsorship Manager, SCHEELS. “We’re proud to recognize Randy and Clint at game day in Kinnick – Hawkeye fans and notable local heroes who align perfectly with our values.”
Stabe and Vos have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. They enjoy their work and providing nonprofit organizations auctioneer services free-of-charge. The pair even pivoted plans from live to virtual auctions during the pandemic.
“We’re thrilled to honor Randy and Clint, who deserve a hero’s welcome from 70,000 fans inside Kinnick on Friday,” said Gary Barta, Henry B., and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair. “We certainly appreciate the ongoing support from SCHEELS and their dedication to everyday heroes, and we look forward to recognizing Randy and Clint, as well as the heroes representing Nebraska.”
The halftime recognition will involve state representatives and the mascots of both schools, as well as videoboard recognition for the 2022 SCHEELS Heroes. A replica of the Heroes trophy will be displayed at the local SCHEELS of the winning team.
SCHEELS, a current partner of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, is a multi-year title sponsor of the Heroes Game. The ongoing relationship between SCHEELS and Iowa is overseen by LEARFIELD’s Hawkeye Sports Properties, the university’s athletics multimedia rightsholder and locally based team.