Back in the day, before the Internet was a thing that we all spent all of our time on, the door-to-door fundraiser for sports teams were a necessity. If your squad needed some new jerseys, some new equipment, or to cover travel expenses to an out-of-state tournament, you went around your community and asked your neighbors to help out. Well, with the Internet in general, and crowdfunding in particular, your neighbors are not just down your street, they’re all across the state, the country and the globe. And by using crowdfunding you can really make it fun and competitive, as each member of the team can have their own fundraising page and individual goal.
Read on to see some great examples of students and coaches leveraging technology to get them the right tools they need to succeed – on the field and off.
Row row row your boat
In March 2016, over 100 members of the Loyola Academy Rowing Association combined to raise nearly $80,000 in their first ever Ergathon. The fundraiser consisted of teams of Loyola rowers competing against each other on rowing machines (known as “Ergs”, hence the fundraiser’s name) to raise money for the club. A portion of the donations were used to maintain and purchase racing boats, oars, boat trailers and more Ergs. The rest of the donations will be used to award scholarships so that every Loyola Academy student has the opportunity to row. And to promote the Ergathon, the Association also made this awesome video. Doing sports teams everywhere proud.
Bump, set, spike your goals
Matt Sandora has been the coach of the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, CA. for thirteen years now. As he says, “Most of my kids will be the first in their families to graduate high school, let alone go to college. I try to use volleyball to expand their horizons and teach them life skills. The girls had a dream to take a trip to play volleyball in Hawaii and I am doing my best to make it come true this fall.”
To make the trip a reality, he is crowdfunding to help enrich the lives of his student-athletes through both sports and culture. The funds he raises will be used for air travel, car rental, lodging, and admission to cultural experiences for the girls in Honolulu. They’re currently at about 20% of their $14,000 goal – and you can help get them to Hawaii.
Knocking it out of the park
Grady High School is the only traditional high school within Atlanta Public Schools without an on-site or adjacent baseball or softball field or practice facility. For decades, Grady had access to a city park across the street, but in the 1990s, the school’s teams were no longer allowed to play or practice in the park. Despite years of parent and player advocacy, the teams are still excluded from the park and still don’t have a nearby place to play or practice. Instead, the players are bused to a shared field across town for practice and games – which is 16 miles roundtrip and takes precious time out of the students’ days. To combat this, the newly revitalized Grady Dugout Club is crowdfunding an on-site, indoor batting cage and bullpen. Costs are estimated at $80,000, but how it will help the baseball and softball players grow and develop individually is priceless.
How can sports teams get going?
It’s easy for your team or school group (music, theater, business, etc) to get started fundraising for any of your needs immediately. You can get set up in under a minute.
Some prompts before you get started
- Do your team members with particular skills that can be leveraged to create a unique fundraiser experience?
- What are some season specific fundraisers – for instance water-related things for summer, snow-related fundraisers for winter, etc?
- Are there any mini competitions or events the team can put on that people can participate in or watch?