Comeback Athlete Awards

The Comeback Athlete of the Year scholarship recognizes athletes from the communities we serve whose journey from injury back to sport can inspire others.

OrthoNebraska has treated many athletes, so we know first-hand that athletes who fight to return to the playing field after an injury possess incredible determination and awe-inspiring dedication. We’d like to honor those athletes who have bounced back from an injury to successfully return to competition.

Athlete Awards

Four $1,500 individual comeback athlete scholarships (two male & two female), with $500 donations to each athlete’s school or club of choice.

School or Youth Sports Partner Award

We want to reward your efforts also!  Our youth and athletes would not be here today if it wasn’t for your services, dedication, and effort. OrthoNebraska would like to award one school or youth sport organization $3,500 donation for facility or equipment upgrades.

In addition to your name, school and/or organization, write a one-page (250-300 word) essay to describing the following:

  • If your school training room or your organization is awarded what do you plan to purchase or accomplish?
  • What are your current limitations?
  • How will this impact the success of your training room or organization?

Student Athlete Eligibility

  • Open to student-athletes 13 and older in Omaha, Council Bluffs, Norfolk and surrounding communities
  • Candidates have visited any OrthoNebraska location and provider (physician, physical therapist or other care provider)
  • Student-athlete has successfully returned to sport


Winners will be announced at Awards Reception at OrthoNebraska Elkhorn on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 – 7 pm.


The application deadline was Sunday, March 31. Reach out to with any questions.

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