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Legends smashes fundraising record

07/19/2017, 2:30pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A record $210,000 was raised for local youth sports organizations by Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends in 2017, pushing the total donated since 2005 to $1,890,000.

The Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends program provides learning opportunities for young student-athletes to grow and be inspired by providing different sporting clinics and camps. Each year, celebrity athletes who represent the Legends goals—quality, integrity and character—are brought to Sioux Falls.

More than 4,500 participated in 2017 Legends events:

  • Free Legends Clinics (9)
2,500
  • Legends Football Camp
693
  • Legends Banquet
965
  • Legends Golf Tournament
400
               Total Individuals 4,558


The $210,000 will support the football camp grant program (high school teams who supported the Legends Football Camp), the free sports clinics grant program (youth sports organizations) and the Legends scholarship program.

Youth sports organizations are encouraged to apply for upcoming grants by Oct. 20. Priority is given to projects and organizations that have substantial volunteer involvement and missions that support those of Legends. The registration form will be available at legendsforkids.org on Sept. 1.

Continuing in 2017 was the Legends for Kids Scholarship, which was developed to honor graduating high school seniors for exceptional character in leadership in athletics and school involvement. The scholarship program was created by Hy-Vee, Sanford Health and First PREMIER with support from Argus Leader Media and KELOLAND Television.

The program handed out seven $5,000 scholarships in 2017. Recipients must use the scholarships for post-secondary education. Nominations for the 2018 scholarship program can be made by coaches, teachers and administrators from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17. Nomination forms will be available on legendsforkids.org.

                            Legends Donations Since 2005

Year Amount
2005 $103,000
2006 $130,000
2007 $110,000
2008 $120,000
2009 $110,000
2010 $105,000
2011 $135,000
2012 $145,000
2013 $165,000
2014 $175,000
2015 $180,000
2016 $185,000
2017 $210,000
Total $1,890,000

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