Sanford POWER Golf Academy adds Seth Heppner to staff

The Sanford POWER Golf Academy has added Seth Heppner to the staff as an academy specialist.

Heppner, a native of Crookston, Minn., earned over 10 top-five finishes and Academic All-American honors in his four year golfing career at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Following his collegiate playing career, Heppner stayed in the Golden Eagles golf program, spending five years as the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach. Heppner has also worked alongside multiple touring professionals while in Arizona at Whisper Rock Golf Club. Most recently, he served as senior golf pro at Five Iron Golf in Chicago, Ill.

“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to join the Sanford POWER Golf Academy team. Golf has taught me a number of crucial lessons and provided countless experiences that have helped me grow as both a coach and mentor,” said Heppner. “The Fargo-Moorhead metro is a great golf community, and I cannot wait to help grow the game and dive in to that untapped potential in our region.”

“Seth is going to be a great addition to our academy team,” said Sam Vosler, lead golf academy specialist with the Sanford POWER Golf Academy. “In addition to playing collegiately, Seth’s experience coaching at both the collegiate and professional level will help raise the bar in numerous ways to help people improve their golf game.”

The Sanford POWER Golf Academy, the most comprehensive golf program in the region, recently opened its Fargo location inside the newly renovated Austad’s Golf, 4474 23rd Ave. S. The Academy utilizes the Sanford POWER Program, whose goal is to improve athletic performance by stressing the principles of proper functional movement through customized programming based on an individual’s specific needs and includes board-certified sports physical therapists.

The academy features award-winning instructors, golf movement experts, strength and condition coaches and a full 3-D motion capture lab with a designated golf biochemist. Technology at the Sanford POWER Golf Academy includes:

  • Trackman
  • PuttView
  • 3-D Motion Capture System
  • Force Plates
  • GASP High-Speed Video Coaching System

For more information on the academy, visit here.

Fargo Park District breaks ground on new building


Will be future home to Sanford POWER

Sanford POWER is one step closer to having a new home.

On Thursday, May 5, The Fargo Park District broke ground on a 260,000 square foot building, which will serve as the new home to Sanford POWER.

In addition to being the new home of Sanford POWER, the new facility, located west of Interstate 29 and between 52nd Ave. S., and 64th Ave. S. in Fargo, includes a full-size indoor soccer turf field, four full-sized multi-purpose courts, administrative offices, multipurpose community space and indoor 350-meter walking track.

“At Sanford, our mission is to create total community health. For kids that means getting them involved in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. It’s an important lesson to learn early on in life, shared Tiffany Lawrence, President and CEO, Sanford Fargo. “For adults, it’s about adding options for physical activity. That’s why Sanford is committed to this project and investing in health and wellness.”

The new Sanford POWER center will occupy 23,500 square feet and will feature:

  • Full physical therapy department with eight treatment rooms and a large physical therapy gym
  • Running room
  • Two-story open gym area for weightlifting, cardio and other strength training activities
  • Lounge and re-fueling area for athletes
  • Full locker rooms
  • Staff offices and meeting areas

The Sanford POWER Basketball Academy will also use some common basketball courts in the facility. The main gym space will have large class windows that look into the main concourse area of the facility, giving great visibility from other people in the building. The new home to POWER will also have two garage doors that open to a large turf area, which features 60-yard sprint track lanes.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and will attract over 600,000 visitors annually.


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Sanford POWER Basketball Academy adds Dwight Walker to staff

Sanford POWER Basketball Academy adds Dwight Walker to staffThe Sanford POWER Basketball Academy has added Dwight Walker to the staff as an academy specialist.

Walker, a graduate of Calla High School in Manteca, California, played collegiate football at Chabot College for two years. He has been coaching and training year-round in the AAU circuit since 2015 and is also the freshman girls head basketball coach at Jefferson High School.

“I’m beyond excited to join the Sanford POWER Basketball family,” said Walker. “Basketball has always been a huge passion of mine and has allowed me the opportunity to meet and develop countless meaningful relationships with athletes and families.”

“Coach Dwight brings a high level of basketball experience and energy to the Sanford POWER Basketball Academy,” said Nate Kaeding, lead academy specialist with the Sanford POWER Basketball Academy. “We look forward to having him join our staff and developing strong athletes within our program.”

The Sanford POWER Basketball Academy is a comprehensive player development program with a wide variety of basketball development options. From private workouts to team management and everything in between, the professional staff is knowledgeable, energetic and creates a positive environment for players of all ages and skill levels to develop, learn and enjoy the game of basketball.

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