Scheels Generously Supports Sanford POWER $120,000 Gift to support local athletes

The Sanford Health Foundation in Bismarck is proud to announce the recent gift of $120,000 from SCHEELS in Bismarck to support Sanford POWER programs and services. “This generous donation gives us the opportunity to grow, expand, and improve the training services and programs we offer the Bismarck community. It will help us continue to push our mission to provide the highest quality training in the region in a positive, high-energy environment with the best resources for an athlete to continue holistic growth and development,” says Chris Rivinius, Sanford POWER manager. The entirety of the SCHEELS gift will help support local athletes by providing expanded programs and services at Sanford POWER. Scheels joins a growing list of philanthropic partners, including the family of Ben Berg, City Air Mechanical, the McQuade Family and Dr. Michael and Michelle LeBeau. Their support ensures that top-notch training is available to young athletes in our community.

“Athletic Development for the youth in our community is one of our top priorities. We are proud to be able to support the Bismarck-Mandan community in this way,” says Tyler Halm, SCHEELS Store Leader.

Three acres of potatoes were the seed for the first SCHEELS store in 1902. Frederick A. Scheel, a German immigrant, used the $300 he earned from that first harvest as the down payment on the first SCHEELS, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.

Over the years, SCHEELS opened in surrounding communities including Fargo in 1930, where the Corporate Offices are located. Firmly planted in the hardware business, SCHEELS had a small selection of sporting goods from the beginning in 1902. Customer interest grew, and more sports lines were added with athletic shoes and clothing being introduced in the product mix in 1972.