Established in 1994 the annual Eugene R. “Joe” Neal memorial volunteer-of-the-year award recognizes the selfless spirit of giving demonstrated by Joe Neal as an invaluable member of the Cornhusker State Games opening ceremonies committee from 1985 to 1994.
Past Volunteers of the Year
Todd has served our organization in various roles, as a member of the Medical/Safety Team, the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club, the Medical Reserve Corp and as a member of what we affectionately call “The Dirty Crew”. The “Dirty Crew” does it all; whatever it takes to help get our events done, from start to finish. He is a guy who is willing to do whatever it takes to make our events the best they can be.
Deanna is a spouse of one of our sport directors and she has worked behind the scenes for 30 years. She has worked on schedules, directed a site or two and done all of the little things to make one of the CSG’s biggest sports work, year in and year out. She always has a smile on her face and always makes the athletes feel welcomed and appreciated.
Dan and Jan believe that, in retirement, it is their calling to help…and to do so with smiles on their faces whether it’s in 100-degree weather or driving rain. Since 2015, when they signed up to volunteer for the State Games of America, they have volunteered for 20 different Nebraska Sports Council events and projects.
Mike has volunteered at some time or another with just about every event the Nebraska Sports Council puts on. His expertise is in the road race category, but he has helped with so many different events from the Mud Run to every sport that took place at Holmes Lake.
Kathy has been a member of the Opening Ceremonies Committee, and a State Games volunteer. You can find her pitching in as a course monitor at the 5K Run or helping stuff packets at headquarters. You can always find Kathy at the Mud Run and Pumpkin Run doing whatever it takes to make sure people have a good time and stay safe.
For their thousands of miles getting to-and-from venues and delivering volunteer lunches. For their emphasis on safety and what their communications mean to the safety of Cornhusker State Games Athletes. For their loyalty and dedication over 28+ years of our partnership.
Dena became an Opening Ceremonies volunteer when her company NBC Bank sponsored the event. That’s been a few years ago, and while the company left the Opening Ceremonies, Dena stayed on and served as the volunteer coordinator—a big job by anyone’s standards. Over the years, she has volunteered for many of the NSC’s other events, and when she’s not volunteering, you’ll probably see her running, biking or swimming in the events, truly an advocate of the Nebraska Sports Council.
Steve helps with all Torch Run arrangements in Box Butte County, recruiting runners, organizing local celebrations and securing lodging and meal donations for the Torch Run support staff. Steve is one of the main reasons we can truly say that the Cornhusker State Games is a statewide event.
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