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Rhinelander native Jim Miazga has been selected as the UW Oshkosh Titan Touchdown Club’s 2012 recipient of the Russ Young Leadership & Achievement Award.

Miazga will be honored at the Russ Young Awards Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Oshkosh, 1355 W. 20th Avenue. The guest speaker for the event is former Green Bay Packer running back William Henderson.

Tickets to the banquet can be purchased at Bergstrom GM of Oshkosh, 355 N. Washburn and University Books & More in UW Oshkosh’s Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Boulevard.

The Russ Young Leadership and Achievement Award, established in 2009, recognizes individuals who demonstrate the ideals of Russ Young’s legacy through their record of accomplishments, community service, moral character and positive contributions to the world of sports. Young served as the head football coach at UW Oshkosh from 1963-76.

Miazga played tight end for UW Oshkosh from 1970-73. He was most proud of his contributions to the 1972 team that won the Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) championship with an 8-0 record (8-2 overall).

Upon graduating from UW-Oshkosh in 1974, Miazga moved back to Rhinelander and started employment with Oneida Sales and Service, a beer distribution company owned by his father. Miazga later took over the company and expanded its region from the Rhinelander area to most of northern Wisconsin.

Throughout his business career, Miazga has been very involved in the Rhinelander community and with UW-Oshkosh athletics. He helped the Rhinelander School District with its fundraising efforts to renovate the Rhinelander High School Gymnasium (now named the Miazga Community Gymnasium). Miazga also supported the UW-Stevens Point forestry program in the Rhinelander area. In addition, he has been a strong advocate of UW Oshkosh athletics and an active supporter of the school’s football program.

  • For more information on the Russ Young Awards Banquet and the UW Oshkosh Titan Touchdown Club, contact John Morelli at (920) 216-0591 or

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