Omaha Public Radio News
9:49 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Omaha, Council Bluffs Mayors wager on Heroes Game

Omaha, NE – Nebraska and Iowa play the first "Heroes Game" Friday morning, and it'll mean a new house for a needy family in Omaha or Council Bluffs.

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan met on the pedestrian bridge last week to wager on the game. If Iowa wins, Mayor Suttle and his staff will build a house in Council Bluffs with Habitat for Humanity. If Nebraska wins, it'll be Mayor Hanafan and his staff building a house with Habitat for Humanity in Omaha.

Mayor Suttle says the wager of a service project will become an annual tradition. Suttle says he and Hanafan discussed service projects with food pantries or homeless shelters before deciding on the Habitat build.

The Huskers are 8-3 on the season. The Iowa Hawkeyes come in to Friday's game with a 7-4 record.

A Storm Lake, Iowa, sheriff and a Fremont, Nebraska cancer survivor will be honored at Friday's game as "citizen heroes."