Security Bank sponsors Exeter youth basketball teams
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."