Since the beginning of the Pipeliner’s journey earlier this year, Chad Pinson, hitting and defensive coach for the team, says they have been forever grateful of the support from the community from the beginning.

“Every home game, and there are 21 home games, a business from McPherson has sponsored a game. They each pay $350 to sponsor the game and everybody who attends gets in the gate for free and business in turn, get recognized throughout the game for sponsoring us,” Pinson said.

Not only do the sponsorships help the team with various expenses, it helps with the team’s confidence as well.

“The community has our support and it makes it exciting for us and our players. It gives them a great atmosphere for everyone involved,” he said.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on July 7 at the Pipeliner’s Light Capital Stadium at 551 S. Fisher St. in McPherson, CT Fit 24 Night at the Park with the Pipeliners will be free to the public with no admission.

“I knew CT Fit had to get on board. The big vision behind the team centers around community support and engagement and that vision is central to what we do at CT Fit. Our gym is centered around nurturing a healthy community by making fitness services accessible both in terms of our hours and our rates,” said Toni Cabezas, manager of CT Fit. “What better way to encourage folks to come out to the game than to make it free.”

“CT Fit 24 isn’t the only one who has sponsored us. We’ve had several games sponsored by Home State Bank, and several other businesses in town. Home State Bank also sponsors our foul balls. We give the kids who retrieve them 50 cents and we go through about 20 balls a game — it’s a lot of money,” Pinson said. “But anytime we can get those balls back is beneficial. Balls cost us about $6 a piece, so the sponsorship from Home State Bank on that is really helpful.”

Since CT Fit’s sponsorship, Pipeliner players have been able to join their gym at discounted rates.

“We’ve had a few players join the gym and they’ve been very responsible and respectful in our gym. In addition to being great athletes, they are truly gentlemen who look out for each other and our community. We are excited for these guys to be in town and look forward to seeing how the partnerships can grow in future years,” Cabezas said.

“I really want to thank CT Fit for getting our players a great rate to have a membership there. Since those guys are all college age kids, any help they can get is great with money being tight,” Pinson added.

Pinson said that with free admission, game attendees are usually more prompt to buy items from the concessions stand, which is run by organizations and clubs in McPherson.

“They (the groups) handle the inventory, sell the product and all of the profit made from sales goes back to the club or organization,” he added.

Pinson said when the team first began its journey, sponsorships sold out like wildfire and the team already has businesses looking to sponsor them for next year’s season.

“Within the first two or three weeks when we first started promoting our team, we had filled up all our games with sponsors. Now we have another 15 businesses that wanted to sponsor us as well. We’re booked into next year and so we’re hoping we can do two sponsors a game so everyone can be involved,” he said.

“Chad (Pinson) worked hard to build community support for the team and was able to secure game sponsors for all of the games. We’re lucky enough to be able to sponsor one of them. We think the team is a great addition to the community and we really just want to support them and help show them we are glad to have them here,” Cabezas said.

With the help of CT Fit sponsoring the upcoming game, and free admission, CT Fit will also be handing out gifts to attendees.

“We will have free gifts for everyone. Like a free session of yoga for anyone, a free pass to the gym or one free tan for those interested and who are over 18-years-old. We also have three bigger prizes that folks can enter to win and each are valued around $100,” Cabezas said.

Contact Brooke Haas by email at bhaas@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter @ MacSentinel.