With 91 competitors for our first State Games Competition, I couldn't have asked for a finer beginning. It was about a year ago that the planning started to get Jiu-Jitsu accepted as a new sport in the Cornhusker State Games. What began as a dream, came to fruition today. At the end of the day, I couldn't help but think back over the years about our humble beginnings. I think it's fair to say that in the early years, none of us would have dreamed we would be where we are today.
I would like to thank all of the folks who volunteered today, and especially to the athletes who not only competed, but also found it in their hearts to give a little more by helping out. I'd also like to offer a special thank you to the Hallowell family.
This was by far the largest Jiu-Jitsu tournament we've hosted at Roseberry's Martial Arts Center. Thank you to all the athletes who came from all over the state to take part in this inaugural event. One of my continuing goals is to promote and expand the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. An event such as this keeps that flame burning.
As a side note. Something to keep in mind is that all of the folks from Roseberry's Martial Arts Center who made this event happen today, did it for free. This wasn't a money making venture. It was done purely for the love of the sport.
And lastly I'd like to thank the staff at the Nebraska Sports Council who went above and beyond to help make this competition a success.