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Legends celebrities bring experience, accolades to Sioux Falls

05/01/2015, 11:00am CDT
By Sanford Sports Complex


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends events begin June 11 at facilities around Sioux Falls. Seven celebrity athletes from hockey, football, baseball and basketball will offer free clinics.

The following athletes comprise this year’s lineup:

Michael Irvin, retired Dallas Cowboys wide receiver 
Irvin is a Pro Football Hall of Famer and considered one of the top wide receivers to play the position. He was recruited to play college football in his home state at the University of Miami, where he was a part of the 1987 national championship team. He was drafted in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and spent all of his 12 seasons with Dallas, becoming a three -time Super Bowl champion and the franchise’s all-time career leader in receiving yards. Irvin is currently an analyst for the NFL network. 

Kent Hrbek, retired Minnesota Twins first baseman 
The first baseman from Minneapolis was selected in the 17th round of the 1978 MLB Draft by his hometown team, the Twins. Hrbek played his entire 14-year career with the Twins, winning the World Series in 1987 and 1991. The Twins retired his number in 1995, and he was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Neal Broten, retired NHL center
Broten is the only player in the history of hockey to win the Hobey Baker award, an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup. He played at the University of Minnesota, winning a national title in 1979. Broten was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that defeated the Soviet Union, known as the “Miracle on Ice” en route to a gold medal. Broten played 17 seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings. Broten was selected to two NHL All-Star games and won the 1995 Stanley Cup. In 2000, he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Ralph Sampson, retired NBA forward/center
Sampson was a three-time Naismith College player of the year and No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft. He played college basketball in his home state at the University of Virginia and received the John R. Wooden award twice. Throughout his NBA Career, Sampson played for the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Washington Bullets. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984 and was a four-time all-star.

Chad Greenway,  Minnesota Vikings linebacker 
A Mount Vernon, South Dakota, native and University of Iowa alumnus, Greenway was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft by the Vikings.  He earned Pro Bowl selections in 2011 and 2012. Off the field, he was recognized as the 2011 Community Man of the Year by the Minnesota Vikings for his generosity and charity in the Twin Cities and South Dakota. He is actively involved with his Lead the Way Foundation, which was established in 2008 to enhance education and health opportunities for children. Chad unveiled his sixth “Chad’s Locker” at Sanford Children’s Hospital earlier this year.  

Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers guard
Miller is a 6-foot-8 shooting guard from Mitchell, South Dakota, who is currently a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played basketball at the University of Florida, declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore year and was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 2000. He went on to earn the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Miller has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2006 and won back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat. 

Tim Laudner, retired Minnesota Twins catcher
After playing collegiate baseball at the University of Missouri, Laudner was drafted in the third round of the 1979 MLB Draft by the Twins. As a Twin, Laudner won a World Series in 1987 and was named an all-star in 1988. He is still actively involved in baseball as the co-owner, co-director and coach of the “Big League Baseball Camp” in Minnesota and as an analyst at Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin.  

Last year, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends and Celebrity Football Camp raised a record $175,000 for the Legends Grant Program for area communities. Since 2005, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends has raised nearly $1.3 million.

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