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Coyotes' 3-pointers help fund new Vermillion skate park
February 26, 2011

Wellmark 3-Point Play with USD raises more than $10,000

Vermillion skateboarders and ice skaters will have a new venue in 2012 with funds raised from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s 3-Point Play with the University of South Dakota (USD).


With the Wellmark 3-Point Play, Wellmark makes a donation for each field goal during the Coyotes’ 2010 football season, and each three-point basket during both the men’s and women’s 2010-2011 basketball seasons to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department. To date, $10,640 has been raised. The final amount will be determined at the end of the basketball season.


Skate park/ice rink to be completed in 2012

Funds donated through the Wellmark 3-Point Play program will be distributed to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department to support the city’s planned combination skateboard park/ice skating rink at Barstow Park. The proposed facility includes an ice rink for use in the winter, and a skateboard park for the remainder of the year. 


“We’ve wanted a skateboard park for a while, but funding wasn’t available,” says David Nelson, director of the Vermillion Parks and Recreation department. “With Wellmark’s contribution, we can meet the needs of this population as well as update the ice rink for skaters and hockey players.”


The facility is scheduled to be completed in 2012, according to Nelson, with additional funding coming from the department budget.


3-point Play promotes community wellness

Philip Davis, Wellmark of South Dakota president and chief operating officer, notes the project fits Wellmark’s mission of supporting active and vibrant communities.


“Our goal is to help South Dakotans lead healthier lives by supporting community health and wellness initiatives,” he says. The Wellmark 3-Point Play helps support projects that might not otherwise be funded.”


Wellmark will present a check to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation Department during halftime of the USD men’s basketball game Thursday, February 24. A running scoreboard of the totals raised by all six participating universities, and information on the community wellness projects they support, can be found at


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Phone: 515-376-4338


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Phone: 515-376-5869


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