Pleasantville receives Wellmark grant

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Wellmark's 3-Point Play Logo

Votes in support of the Pleasantville community have led to Wellmark awarding the town a $14,620 Three-Point Play Community Award.

Since 2010, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has worked closely with universities in Iowa and South Dakota to inspire sports fans to eat right, move more and feel better. This season, fans were asked to nominate their hometown for a chance to win funding for a community health improvement project, and Pleasantville was among the six winners.

As part of the program, for every field goal (football) and 3-pointer (men’s and women’s basketball) made by the Iowa State Cyclones, a contribution was banked to support the health of the community. In total, more than $84,000 was raised this season to help Iowans and South Dakotans.

Pleasantville City Manager Joe Mrstik said the community made this happen, which makes the award more special. Funds will be available to Pleasantville by the end of the year. The City plans to install a new basketball court near the water retention pond between the old school building and Jasper Street. A new park will be created around the area.

“If there’s anyone to thank, it’s the community,” Mrstik said.