The Holy Name Men’s Club has always been known as the group that maintains the field house and athletic programs for the Holy Name community. The club has been fundraising since its inception in the early 1940's. It all started with Christmas Trees and over time other annual events were created, including an Alumni Basketball Tournament, a 500 Club, two sweepstakes fundraisers and most popular today, the Fish Fry's of Lent. The Holy Name Men's Club is known as the grandfather of fish fry's, starting the first of its kind in Omaha in 1981. For thirty eight years the Lenten Fish Fry continues to be a primary event experienced by thousands of Omaha residents each year.
The Holy Name Men’s Club is embarking on its largest fundraising campaign in its history. The Restore the Glory Campaign for the Holy Name Field House. The dream for the field house began over a decade ago. In the past three years a committee comprised of Men's Club members, alumni, parishioners and others have been working to put the infrastructure for the campaign in place. I am proud to say, today is the day! Our vision for the Holy Name Field House has a solid plan to become a reality. The renovation and expansion will support the parish, the school and the surrounding community and the ability to keep the Holy Name campus and community cemented in the neighborhood for the twenty first century. We invite you to join us in this effort to Restore the Glory for the Holy Name Field House.
James Goodman, President
Holy Name Men’s Club
Our Mission and History
The mission of the Holy Name Men’s Club is to further the tradition of athletic, educational, and spiritual development for the children and families of Holy Name Parish, Holy Name School and those living in the greater Northeast Omaha community.
The Holy Name Men's Club has a rich history with Holy Name Parish and School. As the nation prepared for the second world war the men of Holy Name Parish gathered regularly as the Holy Name Society. In an article from January 1952 it was stated that over 700 men came together for a prayer hour as the North Side Holy Name Society, and the same number came together in south Omaha. The spiritual support was the beginning of the Holy Name Men's Club. The work of the Men's Club predates the earliest writing about the Holy Name Society, as the men of the parish formed the Holy Name Men's Club in 1944.
Under the tutelage of one of the most renowned high school coaches in the state of Nebraska, Emil "Box" Englebretsen, and the athletic programs at Holy Name High School were becoming a force to be reckoned with across the region. The talk of building a proper gymnasium began in earnest and ground was broken in 1949.
On December 9th, 1950, approximately a year and a half from ground breaking the Holy Name Alumni Field House held its dedication ceremony and topped it off with a 44-40 victory over Sioux City Heelan High School. One fine young man stands out amongst the ranks of Holy Name High School graduates, Bob Gates. Bob was a stellar athlete and became quite famous for his skills. These skills were honed even farther by Coach Englebretsen. After graduation Bob attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and upon earning his degree came back to Holy Name to teach and coach alongside Box.
And so the story goes, literally hundreds of students and children from the surrounding neighborhood have made memories that will last a life time. Class A and B and C champions in football and basketball, proms and homecomings where first kisses were stolen and promises were made. And the Holy Name Men's Club has continued to focus on two areas; increasing the tradition of athletic sportsmanship, spirituality and fundraising for the needs of this community.
The presence of the Men's Club throughout these past seventy years is formidable and includes the following:
- Monthly meeting
- A 500 Club
- The Alumni Basketball Tournament
- Two different sweepstakes events.
- Frydays of Lent: 38 years of providing a great meal and camaraderie for thousands of people attached to Holy Name and friends from across the city of Omaha.
- Catholic High School tuition assistance for Holy Name School 8th Grade graduates when students work three of seven of the annual fish fry Fridays.
- Provided man power and funding for installation of a technology lab, white boards and projectors in Holy Name School classrooms.
- Cafeteria: Replaced ceiling and floor tiles and installed new lighting
- Little Gym: Paint and other maintenance upkeep
- Annual stipend for an Athletic Director for Intramural sports
- Holy Name School Parent club summer celebration
- Holy Name School Hike end of school year celebration
- Replaced and fixed numerous entry doors on campus buildings
- Annual financial support: Gifts to teachers, gifts to parish, gifts to school
- General maintenance of the Field House: Removed old boiler and put in a new forced air heating system, new lights, PE equipment and plumbing maintenance
- Rambler Rumble Boxing events
Join the Men's Athletic Club
Monthly meeting of the Men's Club are held on the 1st Monday of each month.
If the first Monday is a holiday, the meeting moves to the second Monday.
Gentlemen gather at 6:00 pm for Darts or Horse Shoes
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
James Goodman, President
Holy Name Men's Club
P. O. Box 4835
Omaha, NE 68104
Many thanks to our project and community partners