Former UNO Standout Latest Nebraska Greats Recipient

Former UNO Standout Latest Nebraska Greats Recipient

The Nebraska Greats Foundation, a 501C-3 nonprofit community foundation has issued its latest grant to a former collegiate athletics standout. Rocco Gonnella, (UNO ’71) a former standout QB has received a grant for life saving assistance.

The 72-year-old Gonnella, from Syracuse, NY is struggling from the effects of end-of-life issues including dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and diabetes in addition to treatable but not curable throat cancer.

He needs around the clock nursing care, transportation, and medication. The NGF grant will supplement his Medicare Benefits.

“We would like to thank the Nebraska Greats Foundation for helping our Uncle Rocco Gonnella to get the medical care he needs at a wonderful Senior Assisted Living facility. Without your help it would have not been possible, and we appreciate all that you have done.” Says Nicole Forsythe, Gonnella’s niece.

Gonnella was a starting QB for the Mavericks while an undergrad.

With this grant, the NGF has issued nearly $400,000 in tax free benefits to in need former letterwinners from any of the 16 Nebraska-based 4-year colleges and universities. Recipient candidates must apply for assistance and meet medical and financial requirements. At no time does a recipient receive a direct subsidy rather the NGF makes all payments to approved service providers.