PIQUA, OH — Continuing a government-business relationship that dates back to the early 90’s, an agreement has signed between the Piqua High School athletic department and Checkers Rallys USA, Inc. through 2030. In a deal valued at nearly $20 million, Rallys has now become the exclusive concessions provider for all athletic events within the district, with the exception of the women’s field hockey team, which is sponsored by Splenda.
“This is a momentous day for the city of Piqua, and will be a decision to be celebrated for years to come” said Checkers Rallys CEO Jack Smedgenhoff. Superintendent of Schools for Piqua Roy Biffer opened the signing ceremony with warm words of the fast food chain. “Rallys is a great place to go to get a quick bite to eat, and at a great price too!”
As part of the agreement, PHS is introducing a new co-mascot to work alongside Chief HaHa, their traditional mascot. At the event, Mr. Bag, the chief spokesperson for Checkers Rallys USA, was announced to be the official co-mascot of Piqua Athletics. Biffer stated that Mr. Bag will take a large role in halftime show and pep rallies, as well as events in the community.
Piqua mall drifter Franklin Stevens said he was happy with the agreement, and wanted to see the money reinvested in public works projects. “The state of this mall [Miami Valley Centre Mall] is an absolute travesty, there’s only one toilet that works at this point, and it’s in the back of FYE. I hope some of that money goes to fix several of the toilets that I’ve personally broken.”
While some of the money has already been paid, the agreement is to be paid on a yearly basis, meaning that Piqua City Schools would see payments of about $2 million each year. It has not been announced what the funds will be used for.