April 30 2021
Executive Director Dave Mlnarik Recognized for 30 Years of Service
Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors Salutes Passion and Dedication
Lincoln, NE (April 30, 2021) – “The definition of a tribute refers to a statement or actions honoring someone or something,” said longtime Nebraska Sports Council Board member JoAnne Owens-Nausler at the Council’s Board meeting last night.
“Dave Mlnarik we honor you as the someone and we acknowledge the something as the biggest, best, and well run State Games in the United States. You and our amazing staff have done a tremendous job in interesting and fun times to maintain, sustain, and ensure the longevity of The Cornhusker State Games. You always bring your greatest skills to our greatest challenges,” Owens-Nauslar said.
Mlnarik began with the NSC as the Cornhusker State Games Torch Run Coordinator in 1991. He became Promotions Director in 1992, Assistant Director in 1998, and has served as Executive Director since 2004.
“For 30 years Dave has been an exemplary leader for the Nebraska Sports Council. We have seen tremendous growth and positively impacted countless lives. Dave has been a driving force behind everything we do,” said NSC Board President, Rob Trebilcock.
Some notes along the way include: participants in the 1991 Games featured 16,088 and in 2019 participation across all NSC events registered 23,737; the NSC hosted the largest-ever State Games of America in 2015; sponsorships have grown from 35 to 118; CSG sports have grown from 40 to 76 and the NSC has developed more than a dozen programs including the Pumpkin Run, Corporate Games and the WellPower Movement.
“On behalf of the current and former State Games Board Members, the 1.1million combined Games participants, sponsors, family, and friends…Congratulations, thank you for your servant leadership, knowledge, skills, attitude of gratitude, and commitment to the Nebraska Sports Council and The Cornhusker State Games, Congratulations Dave on Thirty (30) Years of dedicated service…and many more years of leadership,” Owens-Nausler concluded with as she presented him a plaque.
The Nebraska Sports Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality competition for athletes of all ages and abilities and promote healthy, active lifestyle choices. The Council conducts the Cornhusker State Games, the WellPower Movement, the Pumpkin Run and the Lincoln and Omaha Corporate Games. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.
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