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Coyotes '3-point plays' help fund new Vermillion skate park

Wellmark's 3-Point Play with USD generates more than $12,000 in 2012

June 22, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 22, 2012) – Vermillion skateboarders and ice skaters will have a new venue in 2012 thanks to funds raised from each three-pointer made by the University of South Dakota (USD) Coyotes during the 2011-12 football and basketball seasons.  


Wellmark's 3-Point Play made a donation to the Vermillion Parks and Recreation department for each field goal made during the Coyotes' 2011 football season, and each three-point basket during both the men’s and women’s 2011-12 basketball seasons. In total, $12,780 has been raised through the program to date.


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


Wellmark will continue to make a donation to the Vermillion City Parks and Recreation department for each field goal and three-point basket made during the 2012-13 USD sports season. Five other Division I universities in Iowa and South Dakota are part of the 3-Point Play program.


About Wellmark’s 3-Point Play program

The purpose of Wellmark’s 3-Point Play is to support active and vibrant communities by funding projects that might not otherwise be completed. A running scoreboard of the totals raised by all six Division I universities, as well as information on the community wellness projects they support, can be viewed on

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Traci McBee
Phone: 515-376-4338


Teresa Roof
Phone: 515-376-5869


1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2901

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