Sioux Falls Skyforce and Heinemans Recognized as Philanthropists of the Year
The Sioux Falls Skyforce and owners Greg Heineman and Mike Heineman have been named Philanthropists of the Year by Dakota State University. They will be recognized at the 5th annual Legends and Legacy Banquet at Dakota State University, Friday, February 26.
The commitment of the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Heinemans to the students of Dakota State is reflected in the number of scholarships their generous donations have funded. The Skyforce/Heineman philanthropy to DSU began following the unexpected death in 2002 of Roger D. Larsen. Larsen, a 1970 graduate of Dakota State, was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1999. Along with Greg Heineman, he was a member of the Skyforce ownership group from 1993-99 and again in 2001. Larsen and Heineman were also business partners at Williams Insurance in Sioux Falls for 31 years prior to Roger’s death.
An annual Roger D. Larsen Benefit Golf Tournament is held at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls. The tournament is sponsored by the Skyforce’s Sky’s the Limit Foundation in support of various philanthropic foundations that were of interest to Roger. A large portion of the proceeds is donated to DSU for the Roger D. Larsen Memorial Scholarship Endowment and for funding Champion Scholarships.
In addition to his ownership of the Skyforce, Greg Heineman has been an owner of Williams Insurance Company for almost 40 years. He and his wife, Phyllis, share a passion for education. Phyllis was an educator for many years, served in the South Dakota Legislature for nine years during which time she chaired the House Education Committee for several years, and currently serves on the State Board of Education, having been appointed by Governor M. Michael Rounds. Greg and Phyllis raised three sons: Robb, Team President/Owner of the Major League Soccer team, the Kansas City Wizards; Mike, President/Owner of the Skyforce; and Nick, owner/operator of Look’s Market in Sioux Falls.
Mike Heineman joined the franchise in 2001. He and his wife Susie are raising sons, Will and Zach, in Sioux Falls. They continue the Heineman family tradition of philanthropy.