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Wellmark Awards $25,000 Grant For Pickleball Courts

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The Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee recently learned the Wellmark Foundation will award a $25,000 Small Matching Assets to Community Health Grant for the renovation of the deteriorating Vine Street tennis courts in Glenwood into six pickleball courts. Required matching monies have already been attained.

 

“The Wellmark Foundation is proud to support this project that encourages physical activity for generations to come,” said Becky Wampler, the Wellmark Foundation executive director.

 

For nearly a year, the SWI Pickleball Committee has been requesting and attaining donations and pledges from citizens and businesses totaling $30,000. The city has offered an in-kind donation of $21,000 for the removal of the existing courts.

 

With the Wellmark Foundation grant of $25,000, fundraising efforts have reached $76,000. A recent review by the committee determined that with some revisions, the cost of the courts will be close to $150,000.  Additional donations and pledges are still needed from the community. In addition, with the funding now reaching 50 percent of the project cost, committee members are hopeful that  this will elevate their potential in receiving other grant opportunities that will be pursued.

 

“Our committee was so very pleased to receive the full amount of our request.,” committee member Dr. Jacque Young said. “We applaud Wellmark for seeing the potential of this project for our community betterment, for both healthier lifestyles for all ages and making our community more attractive to visitors and potential new residents.”

 

Currently, free pickleball lessons are being offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Glenwood Resource Center Gym. If interested, please contact swipb@yahoo.com or call Dr. Sally Prickett at 712-310-8545. Current pickleball players can also play at GRC for free or at the YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. There’s no cost to YMCA members, with a $5 fee for non-members or a 10-play punch card can be purchased for $30.

 

For those interested in supporting this project, please contact the city administrative office for donations. Pledge forms are also available at Glenwood State Bank and Young Vision Care.