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Grand Island Sports Council

About Us

A community dedicated to making your event a success.

Grand Island, Nebraska has always been a great sports community. The Greater Grand Island Sports Council was formed in 2007 and has quickly moved forward in creating a responsive, streamlined approach to attracting amateur sporting competition to the city—and making them successful on every level.

The Greater Grand Island Sports Council is comprised of committed community leaders who are true sports fans. In fact, many members of the council are “champions” for their particular sport—so you will likely have a passionate local advocate for your event who understands your expectations and will work to make sure Grand Island is by your side, every step of the way.

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Current members of the Greater Grand Island Sports Council are:
Rocky Almond, Athletic Director — Northwest High School
Tony Chapman, Assistant Vice President - CRM — Pinnacle Bank
Kent Coen, President — Nebraska Truck Center, Inc.
Brian Gallagher,  Announcer - Morning show host — KRGI - G.I. Family Radio
JJ Green, President, CEO — Primark Insurance
Kurt Haecker, First Vice President — Home Federal Bank
Mike Hutchinson, Thrivent Financial
Joe Kutlas, Athletic Director — Grand Island Senior High
Hugh Miner, CEO — Heartland Events Center
Ray O'Connor, Owner — O'Connor Enterprises
Orv Qualsett, Retired Banker — Community Volunteer
Jeff Richardson, Owner — Balz Sports Bar
Rob Riedy, Riedy Properties
Tony Schultz, General Manager — Conestoga Mall
Howard Schumann, Athletic Director — Central Catholic Schools
Matt Shonsey, CPA — Shonsey & Associates
Tom Strand, Agent - CLU — Primark Insurance
Dan Thayer, Attorney — Thayer & Thayer Law
Scott Zana, Owner — Arby's of Grand Island