Firefighters, police officers to play softball for cheerleaders
Bragging rights will be at stake May 7 when Tonganoxie police take on the Tonganoxie city firefighters in a slow-pitch softball game at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. The first pitch will be lobbed at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Tonganoxie High cheer squad's general fund.
Cheer sponsor Sandy Saultz said she got the idea for the fund-raiser through a client of her screening and embroidery business, All Stitched Up.
Saultz printed shirts for the Edwardsville police and fire departments for a benefit softball game they had.
Saultz said she thought that would be a good idea for a fund-raiser in Tonganoxie.
Apparently, members of the Tonganoxie fire and police departments agree.
"They are all driving by and saying, 'you're going down,'" Saultz said, referring to members of each department. "They're really hyping it up, between them anyway."
Saultz said she will donate shirts for the two teams to wear.
Mark Mall also has offered to umpire the event, she said.
Admission for the game will be $2 for adults and $1 for children, Saultz said. Admission receipts will go to the cheerleaders, as will advertising money.
Saultz plans to have business advertisements on the players' uniforms at the benefit game.
Cheerleading can become an expensive endeavor, Saultz said, between participating in camps and purchasing cheerleading apparel.
"Hopefully businesses will support them by sponsoring them," Saultz said. "We'd also like the community to come and support the cheerleaders," Saultz said.