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June 04, 2019

DES MOINES, IA – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield is awarding six communities in Iowa and South Dakota funds ranging between $14,000 and $18,000 as part of its 3-Point Play program. Throughout the entirety of the 2018-2019 college football and basketball seasons, each time a successful field goal was kicked or 3-point basket was made during a game, area sports fans were encouraged to nominate their Iowa or South Dakota hometown for a chance to win.

"We're thrilled to announce we received a record number of hometown nominations this season," said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark's senior brand marketing manager. "It's exciting to watch this program grow and positively impact so many people. By providing resources that encourage Iowans and South Dakotans to lead healthier lifestyles, we're able to help these communities toward a future of better health for generations to come."

At the end of this year's basketball season, the nominations were tallied. More than 400 hometowns were nominated between the two states. Funding was awarded to initiate or complete community health improvement projects in the following communities:

Winning Hometown
University Affiliation
Award Amount
Drake University
Iowa State University
University of Iowa
HudsonUniversity of Northern Iowa$17,740
South Dakota
Winning Hometown
University Affiliation
Award Amount
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota

Since the program's founding in 2010, Wellmark has provided more than $760,000 for projects that build vibrant, active communities. From bike trails to playgrounds, Wellmark's 3-Point Play is one of the many ways the health insurer is continuously improving the health of its members and communities.

To learn more about Wellmark's 3-Point Play program, visit