Fielding prep sports teams requires more money than what exists in school athletic budgets. For that reason, successful coaches are also successful fund-raisers.
Coaches will do about anything from selling candy to hosting steak dinners to generate money for their programs.
With the new school year on the horizon and fall sports preseason practices scheduled to begin Monday, Payson High coaches will again begin to scour for adequate athletic funding.
Cross country coach Chuck Hardt and football coach Mike Wheelis have joined forces with Chuck Hallock at Summit Sports to come up with a fund-raiser that looks to be beneficial to all.
Together, they will be printing and selling, for $10 each, "Purple Pride" discount cards to the public. Purchasers of the cards will be able to claim discounts at a number of businesses in the Rim country including Burger King, Cousins, KFC, Famous Sams, Dairy Queen, Planet Video, Pizza Factory, Payson Athletic Club, Sesame Inn, Subway, R&R Pizza, Fletchers Tire & Auto, Finishing Touch Flowers, Country Kitchen and Ponderosa Steakhouse.
Using the discount card only a few times should quickly return the $10 purchase fee. "They really are a good deal," Hallock said.
All proceeds earned by the sale of the card will benefit the PHS football and cross country programs.
The public will have the opportunity to purchase discount cards during an Aug. 19 blitz sale by members of the football and cross country teams.
Coaches will separate the athletes into groups and send them into the community that day to officially begin the sale.
If you'd like to help fund the two sports and also receive some nice discounts at some local businesses, you might want to consider purchasing your Purple Pride card from one of the many teenagers who will be scouring the community.
Hallock and the coaches warn purchasers that there are similar cards being sold around town, but the Purple Pride card is the only one sanctioned by school officials.
Practices for Payson Youth Football Association teams began Monday. Players who have not yet turned out might find themselves left out of the program if they don't immediately register.
Youngsters who wishe to participate in the program may sign up any weekday evening from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rumsey Park multi-purpose field. The fee is $55 per player and $35 for cheerleaders.
Call league president Eric Santana at 474-1775 for more information.