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September 09, 2019

DES MOINES, IA – Throughout the 2019-2020 football and basketball seasons, college sports fans are encouraged to nominate their Iowa or South Dakota hometowns for a chance to receive an award from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield's 3-Point Play program. Each time a successful field goal is kicked or a 3-pointer is made by any of the Division I university sports teams in both states, Wellmark awards $300 and $20, respectively, to support health improvement projects that enhance community infrastructure, such as parks, playgrounds and trails. Since 2010, more than $760,000 has been awarded.

"Now in its tenth year, Wellmark's 3-Point Play program provides a unique opportunity for communities in Iowa and South Dakota to rally their residents to secure funding for projects that will improve their health and well-being for generations to come," said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark's senior brand marketing manager. "We continue to be inspired by the variety of innovative and engaging projects communities have completed, courtesy of this funding."

To date, funding from Wellmark's 3-Point Play has helped improve park experiences, extend and create new trails and upgrade indoor and outdoor recreation facilities such as basketball and sand volleyball courts, disc golf courses and swimming pools.

Nominate your hometown

Wellmark's 2019-2020 3-Point Play program officially kicked off Aug. 31, and fans are encouraged to nominate their hometown now for a chance to receive one of this season's awards. Whether you're attending a game in person or listening on the radio, simply wait for the cue to participate, then follow the instructions to text in your nomination or submit it online at

Community leaderboards and additional program information — including complete rules and regulations — are available on the program's website.