Coach Tom Osborne, Sean Covel giving Keynotes at Convention

Legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne and the Producer of the popular film Napoleon Dynamite, Sean Covel will headline the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention in August at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Kicking off Convention will be the Hall of Fame College Football Coach, with Osborne set to give his keynote address on Thursday, August 8, from 9 to 10:20 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

Coach Osborne spent 25 years compiling more than 250 wins and three National Championships as head coach of Big Red.

In that quarter-century span as head coach, Osborne was a model of consistency with teams never winning fewer than nine games in a season, and, in addition to the three National Titles, also won or shared 12 Big Eight Conference titles and one Big 12 Conference title.

His final game as head coach came in the 1998 Orange Bowl with a 42–17 victory over Tennessee, which sealed his third National Championship.

Following his retirement, Osborne ran and was elected three times to represent Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District.

After his time in serving the state in Congress, Osborne returned to Nebraska and become Athletic Director of the University in 2007. During his tenure, he oversaw the Cornhuskers’ transition to the Big Ten Conference before retiring in 2013.

Today, Osborne is very involved his TeamMates Mentoring Program founded in 1991 with his wife.

TeamMates provides support and encouragement to school aged youth. The goal of the program is to see youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. The TeamMates Mentoring Program currently provides a mentor for over 7,000 youth across Nebraska and Iowa, as well as in San Diego, California.

On Friday, August 9 from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, the South Dakota born Film and Television Producer, Sean Covel will share his message.

Covel, whose credits include the iconic independent film, Napoleon Dynamite, as well as Beneath and The 12 Dogs of Christmas, grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

He travels the globe on various film shoots, but maintains close ties to his small-town Midwestern roots.

Covel’s new children’s book: Porter the Hoarder and the Ransacked Room has been developed into an interactive reading initiative for elementary aged kids.

With the help of the United Way, Black Hills Reads and Black Hills Special Services, over 60,000 copies of the book will be given free of charge to 1st grade students, teachers and libraries across South Dakota. The books are accompanied by a reading program designed to create parent engagement at home, and boost grade level reading successes.

Additionally, in 2015 he founded The 12 Days of Pizza charitable program, which supplies food insecure families with elementary school children consistent meals across the Christmas break. In its first year, the program provided 144 meals to Black Hills area families and within the first three years the program provided more than 12,000 meals.