OMAHA, Nebraska — Tuesday brought a special visit to the children at Boys Town Residential Treatment Center. The Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team visited Boys Town to offer words of encouragement and motivate the residents to persevere in the face of adversity.
Shereef Mitchell, a junior redshirt from Nebraska and a resident of Boys Town, attended Tuesday’s visit with four other Creighton athletes.
The Bluejay point guard stated, “Being from Omaha, born and raised here, and coming to a place like Boys Town — which has always given back to the city and the community — it’s always fantastic to give back to the kids.” “You know, making their days better also makes our days better and satisfies our spirits.”
Residents of Boys Town had the opportunity to meet the athletes and take selfies with them after shooting hoops alongside their role models.
“Kids are excited, we’re excited, we always welcome the Bluejays, and I think they’re going to have a great year,” said Boys Town Residential Treatment Center’s senior director, Dennis Vollmer.
It was the first visit by Creighton men’s basketball players since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to it, the trips occurred every two or three years, according to Vollmer.
Mitchell discussed the visit’s larger context and aim.
Mitchell stated, “That’s what it’s all about: ensuring the next generation’s children are in the best position and have the best opportunity to be themselves, and I think Boys Town does a fantastic job of that.” “I believe we can see that in these children here today as they battle through what they are battling through and endure what they are through. They are in an excellent position to become exceptional individuals in this lifetime.”