The Dodge City Law have been a part of southwest Kansas for the better part of two seasons. They have become important members of Dodge City and the area.

"The team has spent time at various schools since we first arrived," said head coach Sean Ponder on Wednesday. "They've read and played with children at DCCC preschool, Cimarron school, Bucklin and Garden City among others.

"They've talked at Comanche for career day and talked with students at DCCC."

Since the team's inception, the players have reached out to various groups, shown up at birthday parties, volunteered to help people in need and immersed themselves in the community.

"We've had five players who have moved to Dodge City, taken jobs here, become actual members of the city," said Joi Ponder, Law co-owner. "It's been amazing how well they've taken to Dodge City."

The team has also highlighted a local family at its home games and become role models for many younger fans.

The greatest connection for the players may be young Jaxson Mays, who is 5.

"My son has cerebral palsy," said Cindy Mays. "When my husband and I were picking up season tickets the first season, (co-owner) Ricky (Bertz) brought us on the field and Jaxson spent time rolling around.

"Ricky then went in and got us a signed football for Jaxson and that was it, we were fans for life."

Jaxson at the time was confined to a wheelchair, but during the offseason he improved his ability to walk with a walker.

"During the first preseason game, Jaxson showed the team what he could do," Cindy said. "The team lined up for him and he was so excited."

Jaxson attends two games each season, but the Mays family -- with husband Michael and daughter Emery -- attend every game.

"Emery has a favorite cheerleader and she makes sure to say hi every game," Cindy said. "My husband has a football background and at first, it was a chance to just see professional football up close.

"Now, we know the players, know the management, know the cheerleaders. They are important to us."

A study by the city of Salina suggests five years of an indoor football league team in the community brought in $6.4 million over that time frame.

"We're about the same size community and team as Salina," Bertz said. "Our own chamber said a crowd of 2,500, at $50 per pop, brings in $125,000 a night.

"We average about that every game, so for our 13 games at home over two seasons that's $1.625 million."

Law management also believes it is bringing southwest Kansas together.

"We know some communities don't get along," Bertz said. "Garden City and Dodge City are like the Red Sox and Yankees.

"Yet, when they come to root us on, they're all our fans."

The team's coach said as long as the team is in Dodge City, its players will continue to volunteer their time for the community.

"It's important for us," Sean Ponder said. "We moved here and became a part of the community and we believe it's important for our players to do so while they are here.

"It's something we believe in and our players have taken to heart."

Dodge City plays at Omaha on Friday night before ending the regular season at home against Sioux City on June 6.