LINCOLN, Neb. (June 9, 2023) — 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 21. Officials also shared details about Opening Night festivities scheduled for Thursday, July 6th from 6-8 p.m. in front of Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Railyard.

More than 3,500 Nebraskans are already registered, and organizers expect more than 10,000 will participate in the 39th annual Games, which features competition in more than 70 sports over four weekends from July 7-30. Those interested can find information and register at

All participants registered by June 21 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 *NebraskaLand Days Rodeo, the Lancaster County Super Fair, the Nebraska State Fair, a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game and an Omaha StormChasers baseball game.

The CSG Torch Run, which began June 1 and ends June 28, is currently taking place across the second of four geographic regions of the state. Those interested in running in remaining regions can view details and sign up at

CSG Opening Night Festivities July 6th from 6-8 p.m. in front of Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Railyard in Lincoln 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 basketball standout Jaz Shelley and former volleyball standout Nicklin Hames, both of whom will be involved in the lighting of the Games caldron at 8 p.m.

Opening Night sponsors include presenting partners: Arby’s of Lincoln, Liberty First Credit Union and Visit Lincoln. Black Hills Energy is the Torch Lighting sponsor and other contributing partners include: Crete Carrier Corp./Shaffer Trucking, Amigos/Kings Classic, J & H Specialty Contracting, 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 AAU Volleyball Grand Prix 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


*NebraskaLand Rodeo takes place June 14-15, so only athletes registered before then will receive Rodeo vouchers.