Omaha sports commission and hall of fame team up for awards ceremony

By Stu Pospisil / World-Herald staff writer

Omaha sports are going to have their OSCA Night starting in May.

The Omaha Sports Commission Awards (OSCA — say it like a New Yorker and you get the reference), which will include inductions into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, will be presented at an evening event May 30 at the Holland Center.

Josh Todd, president and executive director of the Omaha Sports Commission, said the OSCAs will serve as an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit commission.

“As someone fairly new to Omaha I was astounded at Omaha’s incredible sports history, and believe we can do much more to celebrate our past while providing new opportunities to recognize current athletes and teams, ensuring we continue to enrich Omaha through sports the year round,” Todd said in a statement. “There are sports commissions around the country using a similar awards system and we think The OSCAs will be extremely popular in Omaha.”

Shane Bradford, president and founder of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, said he’s eager to resume the hall of fame inductions after a two-year hiatus. In the hall are 76 individuals, teams and a horse — Omaha, the 1935 Triple Crown winner. The hall also honored a sportsperson of the year, an award the Omaha Sportscasters Association had presented for 45 years until 2002.

“Teaming up with the Omaha Sports Commission will allow our organization the ability to honor athletic achievement in our community in a manner that truly acknowledges individual and team excellence,” Bradford said in a statement. “Omaha Sports Hall of Fame members will continue to be featured at the Durham Museum, and also will be showcased on the Omaha Sports Commission website.”

Bradford said a committee is finalizing the selection of hall of fame inductees. Todd said also to be announced are ticket, sponsorship and awards details.

Anthony Goetz