Class of 1944
Hall of Honor 2011
Bob Sorensen is a “Grand Island Guy.” Born and raised in Grand Island, Sorensen has spent more than 60 years contributing to his community. After graduating in 1944, Sorensen attended Greeley Teachers College before going to work for his father at Sorensen’s Body Shop. Sorensen worked there for 55 years.
With inspiration from Grand Island Coaches Vic Ashley, Jerry Lee and Iner Toff, Sorensen began his coaching career in 1943, while still in high school. He continued to coach throughout his life with his main focus being girls’ sports.
Together with Bill Smith, Sorensen started the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) in Grand Island. Later, Sorensen managed the ABCDD Girls Softball League in Grand Island. In 1985, Grand Island Mayor Bill Wright dedicated the softball fields at Ryder Park as the “Bob Sorensen Softball Complex.” In 2012, Sorensen will celebrate 50 years in Grand Island softball.
Sorensen received the Jim Lewis Softball Award in 1978 and was inducted into the Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Sorensen’s community involvement reaches far beyond sports. He has been a Mason for sixty years, he served 16 years on the Grand Island City Council, served on the Board of Health, and is a member of the Board for the Grand Generation Center.
His community involvement brought him several accolades including the Citizen Award in 1981, the Service to Mankind Award in 1996 and 2007, the Golden Apple Award in 1996, and the Life Time Community Builder Award in 2006.
Sorensen and his wife Marge (Seymour), have three daughters, Susan, Nancy and Janet, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. They live in Grand Island, where Sorensen continues to support the youth and senior citizens of this community.