Augustana University to add Division I men’s ice hockey

It will be the first Division I hockey program in South Dakota.
Augustana University with sign in front of campus

The campus of Augustana University is shown Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Augustana University is adding Division I men’s ice hockey. It will be the first Division I hockey program in South Dakota and one of more than 60 schools in the country offering the sport at the top collegiate level.

Sioux Falls businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated money to kickstart the program.

Augustana spokeswoman Jill Wilson calls it a “game-changing” move for the university. Wilson is not giving details about the contribution other than to say it would “facilitate this extraordinary opportunity.”

Augustana has said it wants to move all of its programs to Division I by 2030.

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