NE Greats E-News October 2022

NE Greats E-News October 2022

Nebraska Greats Foundation Will Benefit From Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Collectives Associated With Husker Athletics

The Big Red Collective, a newly formed entity to assist Husker Athletes with Name, Image and Likeness opportunities has identified the Nebraska Greats Foundation as a primary beneficiary.

This means athletes who benefit will support the NGF in everything from cash contributions to public appearances and social media promotion of the NGF. Says NGF Executive Director Jim Rose, “We are so grateful to BRC just as we are to ABM (Athletes Branding and Marketing) and AIM (Athlete Impact Management) for their support of the NGF mission. It should make Husker fans feel great that the student-athletes are so willing to share what they have. Its very Nebraska-like and will change the lives of our former athletes in need.”

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There Is NO Place Like Nebraska – For College Volleyball

Nebraska is the Center of the College Volleyball Universe, after the first month of the season SEVEN Nebraska-based volleyball teams are ranked in national polls. Led by Nebraska and Creighton (3rd and 21st) in the AVCA poll of D1 teams.

Wayne State is #1 in DII with UNK 6th in DII.

In NAIA D1 rankings, Midland U in Fremont is #1, Concordia in Seward is #8 and Bellevue University is #15.

The D1 Final Four is set for Omaha’s CHI Center in December.

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Year-End Charitable Contributions

Please remember the NGF in your year-end giving plans. Most all of our contributions are tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. The NGF accepts cash, stock transfers, 401K/IRA proceeds, insurance policy benefits, real estate transfers, etc. You can donate on line via credit card at  Your tax deductible gift will provide a former athlete with end of life care, equipment, insurance deductibles, travel to and from critical care and ease the financial burden that ruins lives. Remember, if you give to the NGF, your gift goes DIRECTLY to approved service providers.  At no time, does a recipient receive a direct subsidy. If you have any questions about how or what to give, please reach out to Mike Dobbs at

2023 will be an exciting year for the NGF

Be watching the NE Greats E-News for details about once-in-a-lifetime events near you. Please feel free to share this email with friends and family

We need more applicants!

If you know of a former athlete struggling with health and wellness please reach out to the NGF. We will follow up with that former sports hero and keep your name confidential. Please reach out to Sandy Zoroya at

Husker Basketball Star Derrick Walker Is A Big Fan Of The Nebraska Greats Foundation

Husker Basketball Standout Derrick Walker appeared at a small group NGF event to sign autographs and take selfies. He is committed to helping the Huskers get into the NCAA Tournament this year and credits Husker fans with his decision to return to NU for another season when he could have turned pro. He’s also pleased to support the NGF. “All of the current players should care about the guys who were here before. We’ll always be Huskers even if we weren’t on the same team.”

The NGF counts former Husker standouts Bernard Day and Larry Florence among those receiving assistance from the NGF.

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In Case You Missed It

Joining Jim Rose from Yankee Stadium is Jim Hendry. The former Creighton Baseball Head Coach, Chicago Cubs General Manager, now with the Yankees, talk MLB, breaking the single season homerun record, and more.

The Nebraska Greats Foundation Supports Former Creighton Bluejay Baseball Standout Jason Judge

The annual Jason Judge memorial golf tournament which raises scholarship funds for the CU baseball program was a great success in 2022. Golfers spent the day at Indian Creek then heard from NFL Executive Bill Polian, who made a special appearance. The NGF is proud to support the event to honor Judge, a standout on the 1991 CU CWS team. He passed away suddenly at the age of 48 in 2018. Proceeds from the event annually supports a Bluejay in the college of Business Administration pursing a degree similar to Judge.

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2022 Tom Dinsdale Auto NE Greats Golf Jamboree Presented By 1st State Bank

July 21-22nd, the 2-day event featured 25 celebrity golfers on the course at Riverside G.C. on the Friday after the evening event/auction/program featuring former Husker All-American Jason Peter and current Husker Garrett Nelson. A crowd of over 200 filled the ballroom to hear Jason tell stories of his family and playing days from the mid 1990’s.

The crowd was treated to a testimonial from former Hastings College T/F Standout Adam Driver and how the NE Greats came through for him.

The guests also bid on unique auction experiences including sky box passes with Trev Alberts and Larry the Cable Guy for a Husker Football home game, a behind-the-scenes chance to view a Husker Volleyball practice and a round of golf with Creighton Head Basketball Coach Greg McDermott and athletic director Bruce Rasmussen.

It was a record setting event for funds raised and awareness. Click on these links for stories on the event:

KSBN Local 4 #1

KSBN Local 4 #2

The Grand Island Independent 

Special Thanks To Our 2022 Golf Sponsors

Did you know, athletes sometimes struggle more than others..

Injuries are often an inevitable reality for athletes competing at the collegiate level. During their careers, 90% of student-athletes report an athletics-related injury, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. However, for the athlete, the pain of an injury can go beyond being just physical and can cause lasting emotional and psychological impacts.

Click here to read Healing Mind and Body: Injured Athletes Struggle With Mental Health article published by The Ithican

In Case You Missed It

Jim Rose caught up with former Husker play maker Brent Qvale on the Nebraska Greats Podcast.

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How can I be a part of the Nebraska Greats Foundation and support my favorite former college athletes?

Refer an athlete. If you know of a former athlete who may need assistance, reach out to Sandy at We will keep you anonymous if you choose.

As a business owner become a corporate partner of the NE Greats. The NE Greats has multiple levels of sponsorship that provide sponsor benefits. Please join a list of prestigious businesses that brand with the NE Greats. Contact Jim at

Give generously in the form of cash, check, credit card, gifts of stock, estate gift, real estate, a recurring gift. Almost every gift is tax deductible to our 501C-3 community foundation. Contact Mike at

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