FARGO, N.D. – After years of close ties to Sanford Health, rookie Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has signed an endorsement contract with Sanford Health.
The former North Dakota State University signal caller and Sanford have a long-running relationship, dating back to his formative years in Bismarck, North Dakota. He honed his skills through athletic-performance training with Mike Salwei, who is now Sanford POWER Bismarck manager, during his middle and high school years.
Through his college career, Wentz was connected with Sanford, the official sports medicine team of NDSU. After a hand injury during Wentz’s senior year at NDSU, Sanford hand surgeon Jason Erpelding, M.D., performed surgery, resulting in a quicker recovery than if the injury had healed naturally. After weeks of rehabilitation at Sanford hand therapy, Wentz made a triumphant return in the final game of his college season, leading NDSU to its record fifth consecutive FCS national championship. Shortly after, Wentz shined during weeks of NFL workouts, ultimately leading to achieving one of his dreams, being chosen in the first round of the NFL draft.
“Sanford has been there for me during my journey as a quarterback, and I truly appreciate the support over the years. I’m very honored to be partnering with the great people at Sanford – we intend to work together to give back and support the communities in our great region,” said Wentz.
“Athletes of Carson’s caliber and success don’t come along that often. The pride that is in all of us as fans runs particularly strong in those who know him and cared for him. He’s part of the Sanford family, and we are incredibly honored to continue our close relationship with him,” said Bruce Piatt, M.D., of Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and NDSU’s team physician.
Wentz joins several other elite professional athletes with local ties who have chosen Sanford POWER as their exclusive sports medicine partner, including hockey great Matt Cullen of Moorhead, Minnesota; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway of Mount Vernon, South Dakota; and professional basketball player Mike Miller of Mitchell, South Dakota.
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 four 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 sanfordhealth.org.
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