Student athletes in four South Dakota school districts will benefit from improvements to their basketball courts, thanks to funds from the South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Community Initiative.

Armour, Corsica, Dakota Christian and Stickney school districts will mark the installation of Shot Clocks for their basketball courts during presentations on Friday, July 21 at the various schools. The clocks are essential additions for the schools’ basketball programs, as the South Dakota High School Activities Association now requires them for high school athletics.


“High school athletics are a big part of our area communities,” said Calvin Deboer,  Douglas County Farm Bureau President. “The addition of Shot Clocks for area gyms will allow our local schools the chance to continue hosting many of these competitions, which is a win-win for our communities.” 


In addition to $5,000 in support from South Dakota Farm Bureau, the Douglas County Farm Bureau donated $4,000 toward the shot clocks and Farm Bureau insurance agents Barb Groeneweg and Rocky Niewenhuis added $400 to reach a total donation of $9,400 that will be divided between the four schools.


This project is one of several SDFB Centennial Community Initiative projects that will be announced in the coming weeks. The SDFB Centennial Community Initiative is a grant program for community projects that serve a need in a community, make a difference, have high visibility and reflect Farm Bureau’s mission and vision. SDFB is investing $100,000 in local communities for community Improvement projects during its centennial year in 2017.


Formal recognition will be made at each school during the 2017 Basketball Season which begins later this year.