LINN Energy donates $106,000 to FPC Softball program
A couple of months ago, representatives from LINN Energy came before the Borger EDC Board of Directors to introduce themselves and share some of their ideas for what they planned to do in the region. They were preparing to increase their presence within the Borger community, which includes the building of a new regional office.Being a relatively new business within the Borger community, Jim Boden of LINN Energy told the EDC board during that meeting that one of the goals of the company is to be a great neighbor in the community by showing its support to local organizations and charities.On Monday morning, LINN Energy proved that the goal Boden mentioned to the EDC Board was genuine as the company presented the Frank Phillips College Softball program with a donation of $106,000.In regards to the donation by LINN, Boden commented, “LINN Energy is a community minded business and looks for opportunities, like this one, to get involved. We are very pleased to make this donation and I expect this to be the first of many contributions LINN Energy will make into the Borger community.”With the help of Borger EDC CEO Dan Redd, the FPC Softball program had approached LINN Energy for a potential donation that would be used to help to complete the renovations being done to the northern softball field at Johnson Park, one which the college and the City of Borger had agreed to allow the team to use. With the approval of the City of Borger and FPC, naming rights for the northern softball field will be given to LINN Energy.Of the work done by Redd, FPC Head Softball Coach Jenneffer Kohler has been very appreciative saying, “Dan has been the key figure in helping out with our fundraising and we are greatly appreciative for the work he has done in helping us receive this generous donation by LINN Energy.”As to be expected, Frank Phillips College President Dr. Jud Hicks was also very appreciative for the donation by LINN Energy that shows the company’s support for the college and will provide the softball program with a quality field to use for years to come.Borger City Manager Eddie Edwards was also present to see the check presentation by LINN Energy to Frank Phillips College.Of the presentation, Edwards commented, “It is great to see LINN Energy become a part of the Borger community and what we are seeing here today I believe will be an ongoing thing here.”According to Kohler, the donation by LINN Energy will be used to finish up the renovations on the field and improve the bleachers and dugouts, as well as adding a press box, restrooms and concession stand.Kohler also said the money will go towards helping with the upkeep of both fields in the Johnson Park area and hopes it can also open the door to have a couple of more scholarships for the program as well.Along with the help of the City of Borger, players on the Lady Plainsmen have spent numerous hours over the past year working on the northern field in order to get into shape to be used for NJCAA competition.On the work on the field, Kohler said, “A lot of that hard work in getting the field ready rested on the shoulders of the girls on the team. But the city also stepped up and helped us a lot, from moving the fence and providing the seed for new grass, which has helped us be able to turn it into a nice facility.”On the joint effort between the college and the city, Edwards said, “The city and the college have done a great job over the years working together and seeing the improvements to the softball fields is evidence of the joint effort.”With now two fields at the Johnson Park location, Dr. Hicks and Kohler both plan for the college to be able to host tournaments in the near future.This past weekend, the Lady Plainsmen hosted Clarendon College in the official grand opening of what will soon be known as LINN Energy Field, where the new location helped to provide a great game atmosphere for the good fan turnout that came out for the doubleheader. During the doubleheader, the Lady Plainsmen were able to clinch a berth into the Region V Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.With the generous donation by LINN Energy and Wells Fargo Bank providing hot dogs for this past weekend grand opening festivities, Kohler said it is great to see local businesses getting behind the college and with their backing the future will be a bright one for the FPC Softball program and the other college athletic programs.