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Legends logs another record year in 2016

07/27/2016, 11:45am CDT
By Sanford Pentagon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A record $185,000 was raised for local youth sports organizations by Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends in 2016, pushing the total donated since 2005 to $1,663,000.

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 4,000 participated in 2016 Legends events:

  • Free Legends Clinics (8) - 2,000
  • Legends Football Camp - 600
  • Legends Banquet - 1,000
  • Legends Golf Tournament - 450

    Total Individuals - 4,050

The $185,000 will support the football camp grant program (high school teams who supported the Legends Football Camp) and the free sports clinics grant program (youth sports organizations).

Youth sports organizations are encouraged to apply for upcoming grants by Oct. 28. 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 on Aug. 27.

New to Legends for 2016 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 six $5,000 scholarships in 2016 and will expand to eight for 2017. Recipients must use the scholarships for post-secondary education. Nominations for the 2017 scholarship program can be made by coaches, teachers and administrators from Sept. 12 to Nov. 17. Nomination forms will be available on

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
Total $1,663,000

Important Deadlines

Legends Grant Program
Application form online: Aug. 27
Application form deadline: Oct. 28

Legends for Kids Scholarship
Nomination form online: Sept. 12
Nomination form deadline: Nov. 17

** visit to download application and nomination forms when available **

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