DOWNERS GROVE – Ever had a fast food order taken by a state champion?
Thursday provides that opportunity as coaches and players from Lisle’s 2013 state championship baseball team dish out delicious meals at Culver’s in a fundraiser for the Lisle Dugout Club.
“The kids are all fired up,” head coach Pete Meyer said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Culver’s will donate 10 percent of all sales during a three-hour window to the Dugout Club. In addition to seeing players, coaches and Lisle School District administrators act as servers, visitors will have a chance to see the Lions’ 2013 state trophy up close and win some Lisle baseball gear.
With the Lisle Dugout Club, Meyer and Lions are attempting to raise $80,000 for improvements their field at Lisle Community Park, including dugouts, a press box and a full fence circling the field. Right now, the field has only an outfield fence (none along the foul lines) and the Lions and visiting teams sit on bleacher benches behind chain link fences.
“We’re the only team in our conference not to have dugouts,” Meyer said. “We’re the only team among the teams on our schedule that doesn’t have dugouts.”
A pancake breakfast and alumni game in October raised about $7,000. To help raise more money, Meyer is hoping to get businesses in the community to advertise at the field.
“We have a banner program where we hang a banner on the outfield fence,” Meyer said. “It’s $4,000 for three years. It gets their advertising up, it’s great PR for them and it’s another way to get their name out there.”
Meyer also is hoping to add a flag pole and bleachers at the field. Most spectators attending games now stand or bring their own lawn chairs.