LINCOLN, Neb. (June 12, 2024) — Nebraska Sports Council officials have issued a reminder that the deadline to receive a free shirt with paid registration in the Cornhusker State Games (CSG) is June 19. Officials also shared details about Opening Night festivities scheduled for Thursday, July 11 from 7-8 p.m. in front of Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

More than 3,800 Nebraskans are already registered, and organizers expect more than 10,000 will participate in the 40th annual Games, which features competition in more than 70 sports over two weekends from July 11-21. Those interested can find information and register at

All participants registered by June 19 not only receive the free athlete shirt, but a host of Summer Fun Freebies valued at more than $50, including a certificate for a free Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich and vouchers for free admission to the Lancaster County Super Fair, the Nebraska State Fair, a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game and an Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game.

CSG Opening Night festivities are free and open to the public. Free ice cream treats will be provided by Hiland Dairy. The event also includes a meet-and-greet with current and former Husker athletes, notably including women’s volleyball standout Rebekah Allick and men’s basketball standout Josiah Allick, both of whom will be involved in the lighting of the Games caldron at 7:15 p.m.

Opening Night sponsors include presenting partners: Arby’s of Lincoln, Liberty First Credit Union, J & H Specialty Contracting, and Visit Lincoln. Black Hills Energy is the Torch Lighting sponsor and other contributing partners include: Crete Carrier Corp./Shaffer Trucking, Amigos/Kings Classic, Hiland Dairy, News Channel Nebraska, Digital Sky and Complete Weddings and Events.

The Cornhusker State Games is produced by the Nebraska Sports Council, which also conducts the Lincoln and Omaha Corporate Games, the Pumpkin Run, Nebraska DiamondFest, Nebraska NetFest, the Nebraska Showdown Volleyball Tournament, Heartland Havoc Wrestling Tournament, and the WellPower Movement. Platinum sponsors include: Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, the Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Orthopaedic Center and Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln. Learn more at