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Northern State University, Sanford Health form new partnership

College receives $2 million, new sports medicine provider

NSU WolvesABERDEEN, S.D. —Sanford Health will support student scholarships and faculty development at Northern State University with a $2 million donation, officials from both organizations announced Thursday. As part of the partnership, Sanford Health will also become the exclusive sports medicine provider for Northern State University athletics.

The gift will fund initiatives of the Northern State University Foundation and Wolves Club, which provides scholarships for student-athletes. The partnership will also provide Northern State University with annual marketing financial support, making Sanford Health the largest corporate partner in school history.

Sanford Health will immediately begin providing sports medicine services to Northern State University’s 380 student-athletes across 15 sports. Experts include orthopedic and primary care physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports science researchers and sports performance specialists.

“We are extremely grateful for the commitment that Sanford Health is making to the academic success and athletic performance of our student-athletes,” said Northern State University President Dr. James Smith. “We have high expectations for growing our profile in the NSIC and this gift will play a significant role in helping us achieve our goals.”

“It is a very exciting day for Wolves Athletics,” said Northern State University Director of Athletics Josh Moon. “This partnership with Sanford Health will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience at NSU, including increased athletic training and physician support. We can’t thank Sanford Health enough for their commitment to NSU and we look forward to this long-term partnership and the many great opportunities that lie ahead.”

Moon continued, “The gift will enable us to provide 10-12 new full athletic scholarships per year, which is a real game-changer for our athletics program. Our student-athletes and coaches will have access to the Sanford Sports Medicine network that has an excellent record of success with high-performing athletic programs in the Dakotas including North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota and Augustana College.”

Northern State University student-athletes will have direct access to Sanford Health’s roster of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and a team of athletic trainers responsible for the coverage of all athletics teams.

“Sanford Health is dedicated to providing the most advanced sports medicine services available, and we look forward to bringing expert care to the student athletes at Northern State University,” said Ashley Erickson, CEO at Sanford Aberdeen. “We are committed to a long-term partnership with Northern State University and the Aberdeen community.”

Sanford Health expanded services in 2012 by opening a full-service regional hospital in Aberdeen connected to its clinic. More than 50 providers in general and specialty areas of care comprise Sanford Aberdeen, all of which will be available to Northern State University student-athletes.

With the addition of Northern State University, Sanford Health will provide sports medicine services for 16 college athletic programs across the upper Midwest during the 2015-16 season.

About Northern State University
Northern State University is a premier residential institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled extracurricular opportunities. Since 2007, NSU has been continuously named by US News and World report as one of the best undergraduate institutions in the Midwest. NSU is fully accredited by the NCATE, NASM, NIBS, and HLC. Northern offers a highly competitive, broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). For more information about NSU and its programs, visit

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Ashley Gabler
Northern State University Director of Athletic Communications and Technology
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Sanford Media Strategist
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