SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former United States men’s national soccer team member, Tony Sanneh will participate in the 2019 Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends free soccer clinic from 9-11 a.m. on June 14 at the Sanford Fieldhouse.
The St. Paul, Minnesota, native appeared in 43 matches in eight years for the United States national team and was a key member of the team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Saneh’s professional soccer career spanned 15 years and included numerous leagues in the United States as well as the Bundesliga in Germany.
Sanneh established The Sanneh Foundation in 2003 to support community-based organizations and to assemble a supportive network within the community that provides positive environments for urban youth to become positive and productive adults.
Since his retirement from professional soccer in 2005, Sanneh has operated his own soccer camp system in the Midwest the U.S. Virgin Islands and coaches and consults with club soccer team, Minneapolis United. He was inducted into the United States Amateur Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the Community Advocate for Change Award in 2018 from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
The Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends program provides learning opportunity for young student-athletes to grow and be inspired in the world of sports 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.
The sessions are conducted by professional athletes and the region’s best college and high school coaches who have been recognized as positive role models on and off the field. Parents and coaches also participate in clinics designed to help them further understand their role as mentors while sharpening their coaching skills.
Last year, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends and Celebrity Football Camp raised a record $220,000 for the Legends Grant Program for area communities. Since 2005, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends has raised nearly $2.1 million.
Legends is continuing its scholarship program in 2019. The Legends for Kids Scholarship is a $5,000 award given to nine outstanding graduating seniors who have demonstrated exceptional character and leadership in athletics, school and community involvement. The scholarship program was created by Hy-Vee, Sanford, First PREMIER and other valuable sponsors to be used for post-secondary education.
Participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance at LegendsForKids.com to ensure they get the proper t-shirt size.