The Payson High School baseball and track programs would not exist as they do today without the money earned from the annual sale of Longhorn Discount Cards.
At least that’s the opinion of baseball coach Jerry Daniels and track and field coach Johnathan Ball.
“My budget was $650 and it has been reduced to $500, I could buy maybe one bat and a box of balls,” said Daniels.
Ball said, “We depend very heavily on that money; we need new uniforms and new sweats and we’d like to use some of it to purchase those.”
The baseball team not only uses the money to buy equipment, but also to pay traveling expenses to tournaments, including the Mohave Valley Invitational near Laughlin, Nev. and the Wolves Classic in Goodyear
Last year, the sale of discount cards earned the track and field program $11,000 and the baseball team netted $7,000. Knowing the success of the two sports programs hinge on the money earned from the discount cards, coaches and players are spearheading the sale of the 2010 version that begins this week.
The discount cards are available from any baseball player or track team member or at PHS administrative offices for $15. They can be used at 25 local businesses to receive discounts on a variety of merchandise and services. For example, with past cards, consumers could present them at a local sandwich shop to receive two sandwiches for the price of one, at a pizza parlor for a 10 percent discount and receive complimentary popcorn, with an accompanying purchase, at the movie theater.
Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club president Donovan Thornhill touts the newest cards as the finest ever, saying they feature premier discounts that will return the original purchase investment many times over.
“We have most of the same (businesses) we had last year and a few extras,” he said.
Members of the FAN Club are overseeing the sale of the cards in an effort to help the two programs earn the money needed.
FAN Club members got their first glimpse of the 2010 cards at a special meeting held last evening. At the meeting, they were given to coaches who will distribute them to team members.
PHS athletic secretary Stephanie Shields stresses the cards will be on sale for a limited time only.
“Through the end of February,” she said. For more information, call Shields at (928) 472-5719.