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Chad and Angie (Krebsbach) Thompson were born and raised in Minot, ND. They were high School sweethearts and married in 2004. They have four boys: Oliver, Palmer, Wells, and Ford.
Angie previously worked as a dental hygienist and now is a stay at home mother. Angie has been on the Our Redeemers School PTO board and has helped with Our Savior Lutheran Church youth program. She currently sits on the board of the Magic City Discovery Center. Angie is the coordinator of Prairie Grit’s Annual Banquet and Family Social and is a member of the its board as well.
Chad is the president of Norsk Brothers LLC which developed and owns an adaptive reuse property in downtown Minot called the AT Lofts that houses 21 loft apartment units and The Starving Rooster restaurant. Chad is president of The Starving Rooster LLC which owns and operates two full service restaurants and is Chief Development Officer for Dakota Apple Partnership. He is President of Dakota Kid LLC which owns/operates four Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants. He has been involved in commercial real estate for the past ten years overseeing new restaurant site development, construction management, and real estate site selection. Chad is on the Governing board of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, and sits on the Rehab Services Board. Chad is the President of the board for Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports.
Palmer, the Thompson’s second boy, was born with Spina Bifida and was the inspiration for the vision of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports. Early on in Palmer’s life, the Thompsons found that sports and recreational opportunities for people with special needs were few in the Minot area. Angie and Chad value the importance of physical activity, being part of a team, winning, losing and having goals to strive for. Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports was founded by Chad and Angie Thompson in 2016 with the mission of providing sports and recreational opportunities for children and adults living with physical and developmental disabilities to enhance their quality of life, allowing them to share their passion for sports and recreation with their son and others in the community. In 2017, Angie and Chad, and their business partners Myron and Shirly Thompson, began to donate 1% sales from Qdoba Mexican Eats in Minot, Williston, and Dickinson to PGAS. This ongoing generous donation has allowed the non-profit to hire Drew Hanson as Prairie Grit’s full-time Director and Krystal Butgereit as the part time Program Coordinator.
“This journey has been amazing for our family and the local support in the Minot area has surpassed our expectations. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports. We have big plans in store for PGAS and look forward to future growth of our programming.”
Drew Hanson was born in Bismarck, ND on August 1st, 1988. He is the youngest of 4 children. He was born with a defect of the spinal cord called spina bifida, which damages the nerves and muscles in your lower back and legs making some physical activities challenging. Although not easy, Drew learned to walk at the age of 3 showing his determination and drive.
Sports have always been an important part of Drew’s life growing up in an athletic family. Drew’s brother, Jon, was and still is his best friend and sports hero. Drew followed in his footsteps throughout his athletic career. Jon and Drew’s father, Tom, had a golf club in Drew’s hands from the time he could stand on his own and made a “golf course” around their home in Minot.
Against all odds, Drew continued his golf career and competed on the Junior High and High School golf teams. Nothing was going to stop him! The life lessons and skills Drew learned through the game of golf and from his family and friends growing up are invaluable to him. Drew says “I wouldn’t be here today without my brother Jon pushing me to always do better and put mind over matter.”
Drew graduated from Bishop Ryan High School in 2006 and a few years later met Chad & Angie Thompson when their son, Palmer, was born in 2011. Palmer was also born with spina bifida and they became instant best friends. Watching Palmer grow up and mentoring him through his journey with spina bifida has been nothing short of amazing for Drew.
Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports was founded by Chad and Angie in 2016 to provide youth and adults living with physical and developmental disabilities with sporting opportunities, as the Thompson’s saw there was a need for these opportunities for those living with disabilities. Chad and Angie asked Drew to be on the Board of Directors for Prairie Grit. Since then, Drew has taken over as full-time Fundraising Director of Prairie Grit with the help of the Minot, Dickinson and Williston Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurants and their owners Chad and Angie Thompson and Myron and Shirley Thompson donating 1% of the total company sales to Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports.
“I can’t thank Chad & Angie enough for this opportunity of a lifetime. It has been the biggest blessing of my life to work and be a part of this great organization. The support that Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports has gotten from the Minot and surrounding areas has been amazing and we are looking forward to the future and growth of our program. We have big things in the works!”
Krystal (Cook) Butgereit graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2005. She has mainly practiced in the area of pediatrics and is passionate about helping both children and adults live their lives to the fullest! Through therapy services is where Krystal’s connection began with the Thompson family, as Palmer’s Occupational Therapist.
Krystal has been a part of the Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports Board of Directors since the beginning and moved into a Program Director position. Krystal and her husband, John, have two boys, Sully and Boden. The Butgereit family is active in many sports and recreational opportunities and love to share their passion with others.
“Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports brings joy the Minot area through offering recreational and leisure activities for children and adults with special needs, volunteer experiences, and giving opportunities. Prairie Grit participants and their families have become our family. Thank you for your continued generosity and support, with the communities’ help the possibilities are endless!”