November 9, 2017
For athletes who live for outdoor sports like baseball and soccer, North Dakota winters are especially hard. Sanford POWER hopes to change that for hundreds of kids in the Bismarck-Mandan community.
The training program celebrated the opening of its new 21,000-square-foot building in Bismarck earlier this month. The new facility, located in the former Home Depot at 3451 N. 14th St., boasts close to three times the space of the previous POWER building.
“This new building is incredible,” said Mike Salwei, POWER manager in Bismarck. “We now have more than 10,000 square feet of turf, which gives athletes a much larger venue to improve their athletic performance.”
The turf space allows POWER to expand opportunities for skill-based academies including the Ben Berg Baseball Academy and City Air Mechanical Soccer Academy, both funded by generous gifts to the Sanford Health Foundation.
The Ben Berg Baseball Academy was made possible by the generosity of Jim and Carrie Berg in memory of their son, Ben, who passed away in a tragic accident at just 18 years old. Ben was a talented baseball player who trained with Sanford POWER and ultimately received a full-ride scholarship to play for the Bismarck State College Mystics.
The baseball academy will launch this January with specialized training in hitting, throwing and fielding. Find more details on class dates and times here.
The City Air Mechanical Soccer Academy, generously funded by the Jones family, will kick off in 2018.
The new POWER facility also features a two-lane indoor track for enhanced speed training, state-of-the-art training modalities and on-site physical therapists. The larger location also allows for the launch of new programs including Return to Performance for athletes recovering from an injury or surgery.
“Sanford Health is dedicated to youth development,” said Craig Lambrecht, M.D., executive vice president of Sanford Health in Bismarck. “Bismarck-Mandan is in need of a facility like this and a program that will work with these athletes on an individual level to help them become the best athletes they can possibly be. The POWER program gives kids an outlet for healthy activity and instills a discipline that they will carry with them through their lives.”
To enroll in the program or to learn more, visit sanfordpower.com/bismarck.