Nebraska Greats Foundation holds golf fundraiser
The Tom Dinsdale NGF Golf Classic helps raise money to aid former athletes
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - 55 percent of former athletes reported having at least one medical bill they could not afford. Many of those injuries and health conditions occurring from their playing days.
The Nebraska Greats Foundation is doing what they can to help those individuals out. Friday they held their second annual Tom Dinsdale NGF Golf Classic at the Riverside Country Club in Grand Island to raise money and awareness.
The foundation offers financial help to all former varsity letter winners from the 16 four-year colleges in the state, that have fallen on tough times because of medical issues..
“From Chadron, to Hastings College, Kearney, Nebraska, Creighton, you name it. We’re really starting to build a brand and create some recognition for the mission at hand, and helping even more people now,” Former Husker Baseball All-American Johnny Dorn said. “So its a great, great event.”
“It’s helped a lot of former teammates of mine, but also I know what an athlete goes through really at any college here in Nebraska,” Former Husker Football Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch said. “Just being an athlete, and the competitive nature, and the wear and tear that goes on your body. Sometimes you get out of school and you get in the real world and things can happen.”
Many of the state’s greatest athletes were at the event to support the foundation and what they do for those that are in need. Some of them who were given help from the foundation itself.
“This foundation does some great things. We’re always looking for recipients, that’s probably our biggest challenge. Athletes are pretty prideful people and they don’t want to say ‘I need help,’” said Crouch. “So it’s a matter of just going in and finding that athlete, male or female, that needs that help with their medical emergency needs.”
This year’s event wasn’t quite like last year’s due to COVID-19. It wasn’t open to the public, but only to those who had made reservations ahead of time.
They were still able to raise money through the golf outing and the dinner afterwards, where they had a silent auction with plenty of Nebraska memorabilia.
“For a second there I didn’t think this was going to happen. So it’s really nice to be outside and see people, and play a little golf and let the awareness of the foundation continue,” Crouch said. It is so important for us to do community outreach events like this.”
“2020 - unique times for sure. But we’re a bunch of athletes and will compete through anything so we’re here today,” Dorn said.
If you are interested in making a donation or are a former college athlete that needs support, you can visit their
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