Poky Parks Getting Upgrades Thanks to Wellmark Program

An aging sand volleyball court will get a major makeover, and residents will enjoy fast checkout of games and athletic equipment at the city park in Pocahontas with funds provided by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s 3-Point Play program.

Pocahontas earned $16,640 from the 3-Point Play program thanks to citizen nominations from Iowa State University fans. Every time an Iowa State basketball player hit a three-point shot or a Cyclones kicker booted a field goal during the 2016-17 academic year, Wellmark issued a charitable contribution to support an unfunded or underfunded health project in Iowa. To help determine the recipient of these funds, Cyclone fans were encouraged to nominate their hometowns by texting in votes at Iowa State sporting events or submitting nominations online at Wellmark3PointPlay.com.

After compiling a season’s worth of nominations and scoring the number of votes for a given community against its total population, Pocahontas was ultimately selected to receive the health project award generated by the 2016-17 Iowa State Cyclones.

The 3-Point Play award will be used to install new sand, net poles and nets for a volleyball court. It will also pay for quick-serve cubes from which park visitors can use their smart phones to check out equipment including basketballs and tennis rackets to use in the park.

“The significant contribution from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will create impressive improvements to our park facilities and give citizens greater access to equipment and games to enjoy in the park,” said Eric List, Pocahontas City Administrator. “These improvements will undoubtedly entice many more Pocahontas residents to take advantage of their parks and recreation programs.”

The projects are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018.

“Wellmark is proud to continue our long history of supporting the well-being of Iowa hometowns through our innovative 3-Point Play program, which encourages sports fans to eat right, move more and feel better,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark’s sponsorship manager. “Every season of 3-Point Play provides a new opportunity to partner with civic leaders and engaged residents toward a future of better health. We’re excited to collaborate on projects that will make a lasting impact in communities like Pocahontas.”

Nominate your hometown — new season in full swing
Wellmark’s 2017-2018 3-Point Play campaign began on Labor Day weekend with the first football game of the season. Each time you attend a Cyclones home game, you’ll have the opportunity to nominate your community for a chance to receive funding for community health improvement programs. Just listen for announcements and look for signage at the games for your cue to participate. Fans can also nominate their hometowns online at Wellmark3PointPlay.com.

 About 3-Point Play

Since the program’s founding in 2010, Wellmark has provided more than $600,000 to local communities in Iowa and South Dakota in partnership with each state’s Division I athletics teams. Over seven seasons of the program, these contributions have been used to support projects that build vibrant, active communities. From bike trails to playgrounds to exercise equipment, Wellmark’s 3-Point Play program is one of the many ways the health insurer is working to continuously improve the health and well-being of its members and the communities it serves.

To learn more about the Wellmark 3-Point Play, visit Wellmark3PointPlay.com.