With a 12-year basketball career spent in the NBA minor league and FIBA Europe, BeReady director Ben Ebong believes the academy's vision is bigger than basketball alone. The game has had a profound influence on his life. It’s taught him to be a leader, face challenges, deal with disappointment, and become a valuable member of a team. These are the same principles he instills in the players at each youth basketball camp. With the help of experienced coaches and professional speakers, the academy's program aims to build character in addition to athletic training. While learning fundamental basketball skills, students will begin to understand the discipline needed to compete at a high level and appreciate the importance of an active lifestyle. Much like team mascots who preemptively glue their heads on before doing backflips, they’ll learn to set goals and draw up plans of action for achieving them.
The exterminators of Blue Jay Termite and Pest Control hold an intimate knowledge of the pests that haunt residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in Omaha and Sarpy County. Interior and exterior treatments ward off household nuisances such as roaches, spiders, and silverfish, as well as flying pests such as ants in tiny helicopters. Technicians also perform termite and animal control services and back termite-damage repair services with a warranty. Each of Blue Jay Termite and Pest Control's technicians is trained in the latest pest-control techniques and can perform environmentally friendly services.
Abendmusik brings carefully curated musical programs to the elegant confines of the First-Plymouth Church, constructed to echo the styles of early basilica churches and the architectural traditions of Nebraska. A 16-sided carillon tower rises 171 feet above the prairie, welcoming visitors with the chiming of its 48 bells and the soft glow of its custom brick face. Installed in 1998, the monumental Lied Chancel organ's 6,000 pipes can resound with contrapuntal opulence or delicately accompany quiet choral pieces, muffling sounds with finely calibrated expression boxes and the shushing of specially appointed librarians.
Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
The Community Crops garden program strives to strengthen Lincoln communities. To do this, it supports community gardens in which residents grow nutritious, fresh produce and beautify their city, providing the land, water, seeds, and tools for 250 plots at 11 sites. In 2014, the gardening program produced more than 27,915 pounds of food, with the participation of more than 900 gardeners. As a community-building effort, Community Crops never turns away interested gardeners, and it provides 70% of participants with financial assistance for their plots.
Crops volunteers and AmeriCorps members prep the gardens for the season, mulching paths with wood chips, adding composted manure to the plots, and taking inventory of tools and hoses at each garden. The staff also organizes organic growing and gardening classes for the community.
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that traces its roots back to 1954, when an influx of railroad workers contributed to a stark, sudden rise in homelessness in Omaha. Pastor Jerry Dunn opened the original Open Door Mission on 13th and Douglas Streets to provide food and shelter for the workers. In the ensuing decades, the mission has grown into a multifaceted support system for those in the cycle of homelessness, providing food and shelter, personal and professional development programs, permanent housing, and outreach for women and families.