Photos Courtesy of Sanford Health
Along his path to the NFL stage, Carson Wentz has forged connections with companies and the people behind them. Now he’s lending his voice to the businesses that have helped him, creating partnerships with the people he trusts to impact the community.
The relationship between North Dakota’s largest medical facility and one of the up-and-coming quarterbacks in the NFL goes far beyond the signing of a contract.
From Carson Wentz’s highly anticipated appearance at Sanford Medical Center Fargo’s grand opening in June to his modest visit with younger fans at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Bismarck, their connection holds true across the state.
Almost as long as football has been a part of Carson Wentz’s life, so has Sanford Health. Following him from his middle and high school years with athletic-performance training at Sanford POWER in Bismarck, to treatment in Fargo after his injuries while playing for NDSU, it was only natural that the hospital was with Wentz as he took another step up onto the NFL stage.
Wentz appeared with actor and Minot, North Dakota, native Josh Duhamel at the employee appreciation night during the grand opening of the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Wentz took a tour of the facility before sending passes from the stage into the droves of employees.
Wentz was also present for Sanford POWER’s announcement of their new facility in Bismarck, North Dakota, which will be three times the current size. During the summer before his freshman year at NDSU, Wentz trained with Mike Salwei and a dedicated group of peers in preparation for their college careers. Salwei is the manager of Sanford POWER in Bismarck and looks to Wentz as an example of determination and success.
“Lots of people have had an impact and helped him along the way, and we want to express that we’re proud to be a small part of his life,” said Salwei. “What I hope we can do with Carson is give kids more confidence that from the tiny town of Bismarck, you can make it. Hopefully, he instills in kids working hard every day, getting a young start, and training with an organization that knows what they’re doing, surrounded by principles and research to take that training to the next level.”