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MOBI successful because of community support

March 15, 2012
Larry D. Park, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown Optimist Basketball Invitational (MOBI) completed its 27th season with 23 girls' teams and 31 boys' teams in grades 5-8 competing in more than 100 basketball games on two separate weekends at the Miller, Lenihan and MHS gyms in Marshalltown.

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club has sponsored MOBI since its inception in 1986 and for the seventh year the Optimists partnered with the Marshalltown High School Bobcat Booster Club to run the two tournaments. This again was a good experience for both organizations. Through the years MOBI has depended upon community volunteers who along with Optimists work to make MOBI a great basketball tournament for kids! This year's volunteers also included members from the Bobcat boys and girls basketball squads, and Bobcat cheerleaders. Their help was greatly appreciated. Volunteers keep scorebooks, run the basketball game clocks, sell tickets and sell refreshments at the concessions stands.

The MOBI Committee also would like to thank local businesses who support MOBI by advertising in the MOBI program. These MOBI supporters include Adland Engraving, Bishop Consulting Engineers, Culvers, Fisher Controls, Independent Insurance Services, Dan Mead, the Marshalltown Visitors and Convention Bureau, Pizza Ranch, State Farm Insurance, Mike Peschong, Agent, State Farm Insurance, Phyllis Mazour, Agent, State Farm Insurance, Jeff Linton, Agent, Taco Johns, Taylor's Maid-Rite, United Bank & Trust and Zeno's Pizza.

Through the years MOBI has had a great working relationship with the Marshalltown School administration and staff. This includes Grant Brintnall and Tom Johnson at Miller Middle School, Ralph Bryant at Lenihan Intermediate School and Tim Bell and the athletic department at Marshalltown High School. A special thanks to school custodians who prepared the gyms for MOBI and then cleaned up when MOBI was over!

MOBI was created by the Noon Optimist Club to provide basketball competition for boys and girls in grades 5-8. Marshalltown was proudly represented this year by four Marshalltown boys' teams and three Marshalltown girls' teams.



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