Sanford POWER program, staff give Skyforce “huge advantage”

SIOUX FALLS, SD – NOVEMBER 29: Ike Nwamu #2 of the Sioux Falls Skyforce drives against the Greensboro Swarm at the Sanford Pentagon November 29, 2016 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Dave Eggen/NBAE via Getty Images)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.The Sioux Falls Skyforce returned to Heritage Court recently for the 2017-18 home opener with a little extra muscle at the Sanford Pentagon.

The home opener was dubbed “Sanford POWER Night.”

The Skyforce’s relationship with Sanford POWER has ramped up since the team moved its home games from the Sioux Falls Arena to the Sanford Pentagon in 2014.

“It’s a huge advantage and one of the reasons I elected to come back and play for the Skyforce because they literally give you everything you need and more to improve your game,” said Skyforce guard Larry Drew II. “If you don’t get the most out of this situation, that’s on you.”

Returning Skyforce players like Drew II and those who spent training camp with the Miami Heat have developed a great relationship with the staff at the Sanford Fieldhouse, located across the street from the Pentagon.

Sanford POWER strength and conditioning coach Hunter Glascock attended the Heat’s training camp this year, where he worked with players and learned from Miami’s athletic staff.

“Working with Hunter has been awesome,” said second-year Skyforce head coach Nevada Smith. “Having him in Miami has carried over and now guys have a familiar face.”

“The people who come here want to get better. They want to put in the extra work, the extra little things that are going to help their bodies and games,” Drew II said.

Glascock_Hunter_WEB160x200And the work has been paying off for players like Ike Nwamu.

“This is the best Ike has ever looked,” Smith said.

Nwamu not only looks good heading into this season—he feels good, too.

“(Working with POWER strength and conditioning coaches) is a huge advantage,” said Nwamu. “A big part of this game is taking care of your body, and all that ties into success on the court.”

It’s not just professional athletes that have access to Sanford POWER strength and conditioning coaches. Their services are available to anyone who wants to add strength and improve their fitness.

ESPNU broadcast the game at the Sanford Pentagon.