Cris Carter, Ryne Sandberg to headline 'Legends for Kids' in Sioux Falls

Hall of Famers will appear at event that has raised more than $3 million since 2005

Former Vikings receiver Cris Carter will headline the Legends for Kids event in Sioux Falls in June.
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SIOUX FALLS — A pair of Hall of Famers are coming to Sioux Falls to headline the annual Legends for Kids event.

Cris Carter, an all-time great wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, and former Chicago Cubs infielder Ryne Sandberg were announced Tuesday as the headliners for the 2023 Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends for Kids charity event, which will run June 5-9 at the Sanford Sports Complex.

Carter and Sandberg will attend the Legends Banquet and speak on their professional and personal experiences as well as answer questions from attendees.

Carter played 16 seasons in the NFL with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins. Enshrined in Canton in 2013, Carter caught 130 touchdowns and had nearly 14,000 receiving yards during his career.

Sandberg played the majority of his 16-year career with the Chicago Cubs. One of baseball’s all-time best second basemen, the nine-time Gold Glove Award winner and 1984 National League MVP was elected to Cooperstown in 2005 and later managed the Philadelphia Phillies.


The Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends program provides learning opportunities for young student-athletes to grow and be inspired in the world of sports by providing different sporting clinics and camps. Each year, celebrity athletes who represent the Legends goals — quality, integrity and character — are brought to Sioux Falls.

The sessions are conducted by Sanford Sports Academy employees, professional athletes and the region’s best college and high school coaches, who have been recognized as positive role models on and off the field. Parents and coaches also participate in clinics designed to help them further understand their role as mentors while sharpening their coaching skills.

Last year, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends raised a record $290,000 for the Legends Grant Program for area communities. Since 2005, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends has raised $3.135 million.

The Legends Football Camp is also back in 2023. The camp is scheduled for June 19-21 at Kirkeby-Over Stadium and the Sanford Sports Complex.

In order to optimize the participant’s experience, space is limited. Participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance beginning May 12 at to ensure they get the proper t-shirt size.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, and began a long career in amateur baseball and sports reporting. Email Matt at
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