NDHSAA Announces Partnership with Choice Bank


January 10, 2023 5:00 pm

NDHSAA NEWS RELEASE – JANUARY 10, 2023

VALLEY CITY, ND. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) signed a multi-year partnership on November 10, 2022 with Choice Bank, a financial services organization with 25 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota. Choice Bank has a passion for putting people first. As the official banking partner, Choice Bank will support the NDHSAA’s efforts to encourage scholastic achievement among high school boys and girls of North Dakota.

Choice Bank’s People First values are a welcomed addition to the NDHSAA as well as its postseason events & state tournaments throughout the school year. An important component of Choice Bank’s People First mission is to better the communities they serve, which includes supporting local sports and building healthy communities. This partnership with the NDHSAA is a natural extension of the bank’s core values.

“We are enthusiastic about the partnership with Choice Bank and believe it will greatly benefit the NDHSAA and its member schools,” NDHSAA Executive Director Matthew Fetsch said. “The partnership with Choice Bank will enhance our postseason events and state tournaments for years to come.”

Choice Bank is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic viability of families and businesses in the communities it serves. Choice Bank is an active partner of the Thielen Foundation, which creates program that empower student athletes to reach their full potential. Choice Bank is also an official partner of BIO Girls and supports its mission to improve the self-esteem of adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others.

“Choice Bank is local and People First. Our partnership with the NDHSAA aligns perfectly with our mission,” Choice Bank EVP, Regional Banking President Jay Lies said. “Choice Bank’s roots are in the rural communities of North Dakota. We see firsthand the work ethic and dedication of our students and we look forward to providing them with opportunities to develop their talents. NDHSAA State Tournaments continue to be some of the state’s most eagerly anticipated events and we’re excited to be part of them.”

"Choice Bank is committed to bettering the places we live, and a critical part of that is supporting physical and mental health programming. This includes North Dakota’s young athletes," said Chuck Klabo, Insurance Director of Choice Bank. "Sports and extracurricular activites are such a foundational experience for students to learn about sportsmanship, teamwork, and dedication. This really is a great opportunity for us to bring our communities together.”

About the NDHSAA

The North Dakota High School Activities Association, headquartered in Valley City, N.D., serves its 171 member schools as the official administering & governing body for high school interscholastic athletics and fine arts programs in North Dakota. The NDHSAA strives to elevate the standards of good sportsmanship and encourages growth in good citizenship not only in students, but all individuals who come in contact with high school sports & activities in North Dakota.

For more information about the NDHSAA, visit www.ndhsaa.com or www.ndhsaanow.com. Follow NDHSAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and by searching for “NDHSAA.”

About Choice Bank

Choice Bank provides innovative financial solutions with a People First approach. We are a supportive team of trusted partners built around long-term customer relationships, well-rounded products and services, and authentic community banking.

For more on Choice Bank’s history visit bankwithchoice.com/timeline/.