Nebraska Top Flight Badminton Club

The Offutt Top Flight Badminton Club was organized in 1960 at Offutt Air Force Base for the purpose of promoting the lifetime sport of badminton. Chief Warrant Officer Ray Scott, then on active duty with the Air Force, was the organizer. Top Flight has conducted three USA Badminton national tournaments and one international tournament. Top Flight hosted the Ray Scott Open for 28 years. There would have been a 29th in 2001 but it was cancelled due to the September 9/11 contingencies. The 2002 tournament was known as the Ray Scott Memorial and held in honor of tournament namesake, Ray Scott, who passed away (“Promoted To Glory” article from USAB magazine) in December of 2001 at the age of 85. Tournament participants traditionally come from Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee and occasionally from other states farther away like California and Massachusetts. Top Flight members give clinics and demonstrations at local schools. Top Flight has been represented at several Nebraska Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance conventions. Top Flight was responsible for starting the Nebraska State Badminton Association. Top Flight, and Ray Scott in particular, was instrumental in getting badminton into the Cornhusker State Games starting in 1988. Top Flight has organized and conducted badminton in the State Games every year since. Badminton was part of the State Winter Games for six years (1996 thru 2001) and had the highest participation (189) in February of 2000. Top Flight members also compete. Top Flight assists in the preparation of badminton at the Nebraska Senior Games held in Kearney in August as well as the Cornhusker State Games. Members also compete in this event.

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