Two-time NFL pro-bowler and Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann and Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper have been added to the Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends list of celebrity athletes for 2013. Theismann will replace former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is no longer available due to personal reasons, at the football clinic and banquet.
Kemper will hold a free triathlon clinic on June 14, a day before the IronKids’ Triathlon, at 4:45 p.m. at the Augustana Elmen Center.
Theismann, a former Notre Dame quarterback, directed the Washington Redskins to the Super Bowl XVII title in 1982. He threw for more than 25,000 yards and 160 touchdowns during his 12-year NFL career.
A four-time Olympian, Kemper is one of only two men in the world to qualify for every Olympic triathlon since it became an event in 2000 and the only man in the world to complete all four. He was the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year in 2005.
“Joe and Hunter are two word-class athletes who have tremendous track records of teaching youth athletes,” said Tyler Schulte, coordinator of Legends. “While it is unfortunate Jim Kelly is not able to join us because of personal reasons, we are incredibly thankful Joe and Hunter have signed on to be part of this year’s events.”
Seven celebrities comprise the Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends slate for the 2013 event scheduled to run June 13 to 25.
- Joe Theismann, Retired Washington Redskins Quarterback (Football – Banquet and Clinic)
- Bret Saberhagen, Retired, Kansas City Royals Pitcher (Baseball – Banquet and Clinic)
- Michael Cooper, Retired, Los Angeles Lakers (Basketball – Banquet and Clinic)
- Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings Linebacker (Football – Banquet and Clinic)
- Prince Amukamara, New York Giants Cornerback (Football – Celebrity Football Camp only)
- Ryan Bader, Professional Mixed Martial Artist, Arizona State (Wrestling – Banquet, Clinic and Camp)
- Hunter Kemper, Olympic Triathlete (Triathlon – Banquet and Clinic)
Legends’ mission is to play a part in providing area youth with the tools and confidence to help them make the right decisions in life. To provide youth with the opportunity to experience the positive influence of sports, Legends provides an annual event where youth can gather for free specialized training in multiple sports.
The sessions are conducted by 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 and Celebrity Football Camp gave back $145,000 to the Legends Grant Program for area communities. For more information, visit www.LegendsforKids.com. Since 2005, Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends has raised $958,000, making 2013 the $1 million milestone year.