Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska baseball head coach Darin Erstad, along with a handful of state senators, took a walk through the State Capitol building’s halls Thursday afternoon.
No, coach Erstad isn’t abandoning baseball to run for public office. Rather, he was pairing up with the governor to encourage Nebraskan’s to get up and get active, as part of Rickett’s “Live Well” challenge.
The initiative is a spin-off of the “Nebraska 150 Challenge” that took place during Nebraska’s sesquicentennial year back in 2017. Ricketts has been continuing to promote health and wellness awareness since then.
Last year, the governor cycled over 3,500 miles. However this year, the challenge was much simpler – a brief power walk through the capitol building with an assortment of state senators, members of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, as well as representatives from the Nebraska Sports Council.
“The idea is to make sure that we’re really integrating that physical activity into what we do,” Ricketts said. “Making sure that we have a physically active lifestyle is part of how we have an overall high quality of life.”
Following Rickett’s address, Erstad delivered a motivational message of his own. “The one thing I do know, is every little bit counts,” Erstad said. “For me, it’s get up, get moving, and keep moving.”
The Husker baseball team will be plenty active before too long, with their season slated to start February 15th, for a series against UC Riverside in California.