Awards & Honors



Athletes of the Year

The Athlete of the Year award is presented to a male, female, seniorand youth athlete who represent the values of the State Games: participation, sportsmanship, effort and positive attitude.


Russ White Memorial Sport Director of the Year

The Russ White Memorial Sport Director of the Year award is presented to one of the 60+ volunteer Sport Directors who exemplify the outstanding dedication demonstrated by Russ White as Director of Cornhusker State Games Youth Track & Field from 1988-1996.


Joe Neal MemorialVolunteer of the Year

The Joe Neal Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the selfless spirit of giving.


Mystery Torchlighter

In keeping with tradition, the identity of the person who will light the caldron to officially open the Cornhusker State Games will be kept secret until the evening of the Opening Ceremonies.


Opening Ceremonies Parade Marshal

The post of Parade Marshal for the Opening Ceremonies is generally reserved to recognize a lifetime of service to sports in Nebraska.