In Their Words...

Giovanni Froldi

At an NAIA school and coming from a foreign country (Brazil), I needed help with an injury. Me and my family couldn't afford some of the care I needed. In came the NGF and it stood behind me.

Soccer York College
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Tesla Oldfield-Davis

After I was diagnosed with ALS, the Nebraska Greats came to me and asked 'what can we do?'  There is a lot of stuff insurance doesn't cover.  The NGF bought me a special bed that gives me comfort.  Maybe a little thing to most.  But a very big thing to me.

Softball/Cross Country Peru State
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Ade Dagunduro

After exhausting all of my own funds to pay for medical care, I was between a rock and a hard place. The Nebraska Greats Foundation worked with doctors and hospitals to get me surgery I couldn't afford so I could get back on my feet. Thank you, NGF.

Basketball UNL
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Joel Brott

My MS (multiple sclerosis) was getting worse and I needed to get hydro therapy each day. The NGF put a therapy tank in my house. I use it every day. It restores the confidence in myself I'd lost. How do you really thank somebody for that?

Football Concordia University
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Larry Florence

Battling cancer requires travel for treatments. My insurance doesn't cover travel. Without the NGF, I couldn't go to the treatments. It's that simple. The NGF has saved my life.

Basketball UNL
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Josh Jones

When I got that call from the Nebraska Greats Foundation---that said they would help. Man.....it changed my life. It CHANGED MY LIFE!

All-American Basketball Creighton
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Jim Unger

After my accident, I couldn't do anything. I couldn't move. My life stopped. The Nebraska Greats stepped in, bought me a motorized wheel chair. It put me back in 'the game of life.' Now, I'm back to setting goals for myself just like when I was an athlete.

All-American Gymnastics UNL
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Tami Harris

It wasn't easy for a former All-American athlete to ask for help. Thank God I did. I was at the end. I had lost all hope. And then the Nebraska Greats Foundation gave me hope back.

All-American Gymnastics UNL
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Willie Miller

The NGF stepped in and was a lifesaver for me. It has given me a whole new life. When we need it, we need to reach out and let this foundation help.

Football UNL 1997-2000
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Brianna Perez

I had medical bills that I couldn't afford to pay...I came across the NGF and they just seemed too good to be true. I am honored to be the first female recipient and am thankful to have found this unique organization.

Softball - York College
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

David Humm

You never think you're going to be that person in the middle of a story that says you need help. What an honor and relief for me and my family to have the support of the Nebraska Greats Foundation.

All-American Football UNL
Nebraska Greats Foundation Recipient

Meet the Nebraska Greats We've Helped

Adam Skoda
Adam Skoda
Football, UNL

Inspirational former walk on from Lincoln High, Skoda played on two Husker national title teams. He lost a valiant battle with cancer. The NGF brought peace of mind to his family in the waning months.

Ade Dagunduro
Ade Dagunduro
Basketball, UNL

After an excellent college career, Ade played professionally around the world with growing knee injuries. He returned home to California to care for his ailing family exhausting all of his resources. The NGF partnered with several Nebraska health organizations to provide key procedures to repair his damaged knees.

Alan Pogue
Alan Pogue
Football/Basketball/Baseball, Dana College

Pogue was a cancer victim forced to long and expensive hospital stays. He passed away in Oct, 2015. The mounting costs from inadequate insurance placed great stress on Pogue’s survivors. The NGF provided a grant covering much of Pogue’s lingering costs.

Anthony Steels
Anthony Steels
Football, UNL

Popular Husker who led the team in minutes played in 1980 and well known for his singing voice at major sports events, Steels battle with cancer was aided by a grant from the NGF. He passed away in 2014.

Brianna Perez
Brianna Perez
Softball, York College

A standout softball player, Perez suffered from chronic knee trouble that eventually required significant medical attention. Immobile, Perez was unable to work yet and needed assistance from the NGF as medical bills and student loan payments mounted. The NGF grant eased her burden and now she is back working full time.

Danny Fulton
Danny Fulton
Football, UNO

One time NCAA record holder for receiving yards in a season, he was a 2 time All American for the Mavs. Finished with 152 career catches and 26 touchdowns. Played three seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns. He passed away from complications from Cancer. The NGF supported his care in the last year of his life.

Dave Humm
Dave Humm
Football, UNL

Former All-American was the NGF’s first recipient. Felled by Multiple Sclerosis, the NGF provide Humm assistance before he qualified for support from the National Football League.

Giovanni Froldi
Giovanni Froldi
Soccer, York College

Gio, a native of Brazil is a member of the York College Dean’s list and a standout performer for York College. The Nebraska Greats Foundation supplemented his NAIA student-athlete benefits by providing care for an arm injury.

James Kiehn
James Kiehn
Football, UNO

Standout performer for the UNO Mavericks of 1984 that finished #2 in the nation. He also served in the US Navy as a fighter pilot until Pancreatic Cancer claimed him at the age of 55. The NGF supported Kiehn in his valiant fight.

Jim Unger
Jim Unger
Gymnastics, UNL

An early pioneer in the dynasty of Husker Gymnastics, Unger was the victim of a serious bicycle accident that left him permanently disabled. The NGF purchased a motorized wheel chair that brought him mobility and allowed Jim and his wife to resume operating a popular gymnastics academy in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Joel Brott
Joel Brott
Football, Concordia University

Brott suffers from early stage complications from Multiple Sclerosis. Living in rural Nebraska, he was forced to travel many miles for hydro-therapy treatments. The NGF installed a hydro-therapy device in his home that now allows him more regular treatments and less interruption in his family-owned small business.

Josh Jones
Josh Jones
Basketball, Creighton University

Former Omaha Central and Bluejay standout, Jones suffered from genetic heart condition that forced his retirement from athletics while still enrolled in school. The NGF provided residual co-pays from Jones’ NCAA insurance benefits toward major surgical procedures and after care. Today, Josh is one the NGF’s most passionate supporters.

Ken Clark
Ken Clark
Football, UNL

One of the most celebrated athletes in the history of Omaha Bryan High School, Clark finished his career in the top ten in rushing yards in Husker history. He played three seasons in the NFL. The NGF assisted Clark with expenses related to chronic heart disease before he passed away of a heart attack.

Larry Florence
Larry Florence
Basketball, UNL

A standout performer in the late 1990’s, Florence received assistance from the NGF to provide for travel expenses incurred when cancer required treatments far from his home.

Tami Harris
Tami Harris
Gymnastics, UNL

Harris was a standout performer during her collegiate career, bringing distinction and championships to Husker Gymnastics. Later in life, Harris began to develop serious Gastrointestinal and related illnesses that forced her to give up her career. After years of struggle, the Nebraska Greats Foundation provided Tami with funds to enter the Mayo Clinic where her condition was identified and a treatment program was created.

Tesla Oldfield-Davis
Tesla Oldfield-Davis
Softball/Cross Country, Peru State

A standout, two sport performer for the Bobcats, she was diagnosed with ALS before her 30th birthday. As the disease progressed, the Nebraska Greats Foundation provided valuable equipment her family insurance would not cover. These facilities have allowed her more restful sleep and slowed the degenerative effects of the disease.

Willie Miller
Willie Miller
Football, UNL

Best known as the bruising fullback that paved the way for Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, Miller suffered from chronic back and knee injuries that required multiple surgeries and much outpatient care. The NGF assisted Miller with these needs which allowed him a faster recovery and to enroll in post-graduate courses to pursue a career in nursing.

Jonathan Hayes
Jonathan Hayes
Basketball, Dana College

The NGF assisted Hayes with lingering expenses from his cancer treatments not covered by insurance and from outstanding expenses related to surgical procedures.

Darrell Walton
Darrell Walton
Football, UNL

Darrel Walton was a standout high school performer at Omaha South High School who played Nebraska football in the Mid 1970’s ’75-78 on athletic scholarship.   He moved to defensive back for his senior season as the Huskers captured the Big 8 Crown and played in the Orange Bowl.

The Nebraska Greats Foundation assisted Darrel with post-operative expenses not covered by insurance after surgery for a chronic knee injury.

Sue Henry
Sue Henry
Gymnastics, UNL

Miss Henry, a cancer survivor needed assistance with transportation to and from Chemotherapy treatments.

John Morse
John Morse
Basketball-Baseball, UNO

The NGF assisted Morse with prescription medication to address his diabetes that was not covered by his insurance.

Dennis Stahlnecker
Dennis Stahlnecker
Baseball, Bellevue University
Facing bankruptcy, Dennis reached out to the NGF for assistance with outstanding invoices from emergency hospitalization for heart disease and pneumonia. His disability insurance did not cover all of his medical related expenses.