Sokol South Omaha
The Czech word Sokol means Falcon in English, a daring, fearless bird. It was adapted as the official name for the organization, symbolizing independence and strength. It soars high over head with the eagle, ever on guard.
Sokol is an organization dedicated to the physical, mental and cultural advancement of its members, and the children who attend its gymnasiums. It is based upon the theory that only physically fit, mentally alert and culturally well developed citizens can form a healthy, strong nation. Conceived in Prague, [now Czech Republic] by Dr. Miroslav Tyrs in 1862, its fundamental ideas can be practiced in any democratic, freedom loving nation.
Sokol South Omaha initially served as a vibrant community center for Czech immigrants as they settled in South Omaha, specifically the Brown Park neighborhood beginning in 1888. The original structure burned down in December, 1975 and the existing Sokol South Omaha building was rebuilt in July of 1977 in the same location. Sokol South Omaha is most commonly associated with its well-recognized gymnastics program, and memorable social activities such as dances, weddings, and festivals.
As the community continuous to grow and change, Sokol South Omaha remains an organization dedicated to the physical, mental, and cultural advancement of its members, the youth and adults that attend its programs and the local communities we strive to serve.