Security Bank sponsors Exeter youth basketball teams

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Bank sponsors Exeter program For the fourth consecutive year, Security Bank of Southwest Missouri is serving as a sponsor for Exeter's third through sixth grade basketball program. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Chelldon and Zeb Jones, Cooper Patterson, Jamison Nichols, Dylan Hobbs and Brennan Sorensen. Second row: Michael Gilliland, Logan Rayburn, Macy Barrett, Aubrie Graham, Sarah and Rachel Mattingly, Jolie Mattingly, Aubry Antle, Jared Lee and Peyton Rayburn. Third row: Kenny Nichols, Hank Woods, Trinity Rathbun, Jacob Foster, Jon Horner from Security Bank, Jordan Eagan, Hailey Hobbs, Chad Meyer and Larry Meyer.

Security Bank of Southwest Missouri once again served as a sponsor for Exeter's third through sixth grade basketball program. The sponsorship, which has been provided since the program began four years ago, helped organizers pay for player T-shirts and medals of accomplishment, which were distributed at the end of the season.

Exeter's youth basketball program began in the Southwest Division, which is organized in Pierce City, but over the last two years, the team has had the opportunity to play for the Southwest League, which is organized by Stephanie Heman, of Webb City.

In addition to Exeter, the league includes Cassville, Crane, Purdy, Monett, Verona, Aurora Christian Academy, Mt. Vernon and Wheaton.

"Due to our small size, we start recruiting students as early as second grade," said Larry Meyer, who helps organize the Exeter program. "Several years ago, we started this league to give our students a chance to get physically fit for the fifth and sixth grade school season. The program does not turn away children who cannot pay. We are backed by local companies like Security Bank and Eagan Supply."

Since the program began, it has attracted between 26 and 40 students each year.

"We carry insurance on every player, supply each student with a shirt and award end-of-the-year medals of accomplishment," said Meyer. "We feel programs like this are what keep kids in school and focused on their futures. If we have programs that keep kids interested in activities, we have better chances of keeping them in school."

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