The Nebraska Greats Foundation (501C-3) generated just over $70,000 cash to assist former letter winners from each of 16 Nebraska-based 4 year colleges and universities who face medical and financial challenges. The effort was part of the global #GivingTuesdayNow initiative seeking global support for worthy causes.

The effort included a significant social media presence in the form of Facebook posts, tweets and videos produced by an army of athletes and coaches representing all 16 schools served by the NGF.

“This shows that to Nebraskans, the care and concern for college student-athletes is a lifelong commitment. Long after their playing days, we care about them like family. On behalf of them, THANK YOU!” Says NGF Board President Jerry Murtaugh.

The mission of the NGF is to provide life-saving support in the form of equipment, facilities, insurance deductibles, procedures, prescription medication, and pre and post-operative care not covered by insurance and only to applicants who qualify medically and have a financial need that precludes them from getting the critical care on their own.

The NGF encourages all Nebraskans who may be aware of former athletes in need to please refer the athlete to the Foundation at which will then reach out to the athlete privately. All referrals can remain anonymous.

The Nebraska Greats Foundation provides life-saving emergency support to male or female former letter winner from any of the 16 Nebraska based colleges and universities who qualify financially and medically. The NGF is a 501C-3 nonprofit. The NGF is a member of the Non-Profit association of the Midlands. All cash donations are tax deductible and can be made online at

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