The Hannibal Nationals 14U baseball team met a fundraising goal through its partnership with LuLaRoe Leggings.
Chris Hull wore a unique getup Monday night as the Hannibal Nationals 14U baseball team took the field for a doubleheader at Bear Creek Sports Park.
Colorful leggings took the place of the head coach's regular uniform pants.
There is a backstory.
The Nationals squad met a fundraising goal through its partnership with LuLaRoe Leggings consultant Stephanie Klemm. Following recent pop-up parties hosted by Badger Cheese Haus and the Ralls County Health Department as well as an online sale, the team earned a percentage of proceeds that totaled $320.
Afterward, Klemm donated a pair of leggings for the coach to wear in celebration of the achievement.
“I'm the head coach, and I always like to have fun with the kids and all the parents. If we (reach our goal), then I'll wear a pair of LuLaRoe pants to a ballgame one night of their choosing,” Hull recalled. “Luckily they chose the hot dogs patriotic theme. The kids get a kick out of it, and we raised enough money.”
Like many youth teams in the area, the Nationals rely on fundraisers and sponsors to keep costs low for their summer season, which includes nearly 30 games from April to July.
The team competes in both Hannibal and Palmyra leagues.
“There are teams that charge several hundreds of dollars, maybe even thousands,” Hull said. “Each parent, as long as they had pizza sales (through Shakespeare's Pizza) and helped out with the fundraisers, all they owed was for the jersey and the hat and 100 bucks for two leagues.
“It's all about the boys playing baseball and them having a good experience.”
Other sponsors for the team include Allen's Carpet, Titan Wheel, Becky's Ice Cream and Emporium and HNB Bank.
Additionally, the Nationals will serve as the waiting staff at Finn's Food and Spirits from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We're all wearing our shirts and being waiters,” Hull said. “If you come to Finn's, we'll wait on you.”
Money remaining from the team's fundraising efforts will be donated to the family of Asah See, a local child battling heart conditions.
Asah's brother, Ty, is on the Nationals.