2012: Keefe Lodwig Elkhorn

2012 Awards

Keefe Lodwig enjoyed success in his youthful swimming days, winning a high school state championship while attending Omaha Benson and winning a handful of Big 8 championships while swimming for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. But it wasn’t until many years later, when he started competing in Masters events that Lodwig displayed the success that can be inspired by what is learned as a youth. Lodwig has set hundreds of age-group American and world records in the pool and claimed hundreds of national championships. In 2008, he was named the Cornhusker State Games Male Athlete of the Year.

2013: Olajuwan Wilson

2013 Gustafson

As an 11 year old OJ was diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukemia. While in the hospital, he suffered two strokes and slipped into a coma. His grandmother who had raised OJ since he was nine months old was told that any breath he took could be his last. Now 16 and with his cancer in remission he realized his dream. He tried out and made the Central High reserve football team.

2014: Josh Jones

Josh Jones saw his promising basketball career at Creighton University end after he fainted during warm-ups for the Nebraska-Creighton game in December of 2012 Jones has undergone surgery to correct heart issues when he was a student at Omaha Central and went on to lead the Eagels to the state title, but the condition developed again in college.  Despite the end of his playing days, Jones completed work on his degree at Creighton and continues to use basketball as his inspiration to make the most of what he was given in life despite the adversity of growing up in at risk environment, losing his father and enduring his heart condition.

2015: Kenzie May

Born without a right hand and forearm, Kenzie May of Indianola quickly adapted and grew into an outstandng athlete at Southwest High School, playing volleyball, basketball and track.  She earned all-state honors in volleyball and won three high jump medals at the state track meet.  May was selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Volleyball Game and was named the most Valuable Teammate.  At the end of her high school career, May accepted an athletic scholarship to compete in volleyball and track at Chadron State College.