CNB boosts athletics with drive
The economy has seen better days, but at Community National Bank, the exchange rate for a touchdown is $6.
And that rate has proven favorable for the Chieftain football team.
This season, the local bank made a pact with Tonganoxie coach Mark Elston: For every point the Chieftains scored, the bank would donate a dollar to the THS athletics department for fall sports.
And, for every game that THS held its opponent under 20 points, the bank would donate the difference. Against Wamego, for example, the Chieftains won, 40-13. The team raised $40 for its offensive output and $7 for the number of points Tonganoxie held WHS under 20.
On the season, the Chieftains had 277 offensive points and earned another $82 for its defensive efforts.
Bank president Bill Altman and Vern Lynn, senior vice president and mortgage department head, presented THS athletics director Brandon Parker and Elston with a check for $359 last Wednesday.
Lynn said he and Elston, who also works for CNB, agreed on the equation.
And Altman said now was the perfect time to launch such a drive.
"We wanted to bring light to the resurgence of the football program here at Tongie and their fine record this year," Altman said. "We wanted to create a little school spirit."
That school spirit is green and will go to the THS Booster Club's general fund.
Parker said the money probably will help items such as costs for team banquets.
Altman said the bank has donated money to various THS sports teams, along with the traditionally strong forensics and debate teams and the Chieftain Band.
"Every time one of our programs goes on to some type of state activity, we always support that," Altman said.