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Sanford Health Donates $20 Million To USD

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The University of South Dakota has announced a $20 million donation from Sanford Health to build a new athletic complex.

The donation comes after a busy week for Sanford Health, one that included purchasing the naming rights for the Sioux Falls Events Center, and a $10 million donation for a sports training facility at South Dakota State University. These are all a part of Sanford's corporate mindset to invest in South Dakota's future. 

"We're all in this together, if their programs are good and solid kids stay around here and later become our employees that are important to us," says Kevin Lampe, Sanford Health's Corporate Vice President for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  

"It's a much bigger vision than just one building, it's to completely remodel this north end of campus," says Tena Haraldson, Director of Media Communications at USD.

Plans for the complex include everything from classrooms to soccer fields.

"There will be a new track and field area, new basketball courts, football practice, there will be new soccer fields, so there are acres of changes that will be coming out here," says Haraldson 

The vision for USD's future athletic complex is a grand one, with Sanford's donation bringing the total funds raised for the project to $29 million.

University officials are hoping the large donation will jump-start fundraising from friends and alumni.

All while hopeful of the arrival of a first-class athletic complex to one of the state's flagship universities.
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