Today marks the deadline for Iowans to nominate a person they consider to be a “hero” for possible recognition during the upcoming Iowa/Nebraska football game. The American Red Cross and Hy-Vee will present the “Heroes Game” award to one Iowan and one Nebraskan at halftime of the game. Red Cross spokesperson Danelle Schlegelmilch says they’re looking to recognize common citizens.

“It can be someone who has performed extraordinary acts of courage or someone who has dedicated a lot of hours to a cause,” Schlegelmilch said. “We’re really looking for everyone to join in and submit someone who has really made a difference in their lives.” Nominations must be submitted by midnight tonight. Nomination forms are available at Hy-Vee stores or on-line at or

Nominees must be at least 18 years of age, live or lived in Iowa or Nebraska – or had the event or incident occur in Iowa or Nebraska. Committees organized by Red Cross officials in both Iowa and Nebraska will select five finalists in each state for the award.

“From there, we’ll go to the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska and they will both pick their one winner from each state. Each winner will get four free tickets to the game and they will also get to go on the field at halftime to receive this special award,” Schlegelmilch said.

 The two heroes will have their names inscribed on the game trophy. The November 25 game, to be played in Lincoln, marks the first time Iowa and Nebraska will play each other as Big Ten Conference opponents.