Sports Fundraising Ideas

Sports Fundraising Ideas

Sports fundraising ideas that boost unity

Tired of the typical sports team fundraiser? Discover how to get your students to embrace your fundraising product, and have fun selling it too.

Motivate your players with sports-specific incentives. Offer an exclusive prize program that’s tailor-made for your group.

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How Does a Sports Fundraiser Work?

With a lack of funding, many districts have had to deal with the dilemma of cutting athletic programs. According to CNBC, from 2009 to 2011 alone, $3.5 billion was cut from schools’ sports budgets. If you’re a high school coach or booster club, you’re constantly looking for unique sports fundraising ideas to pay for things like travel expenses and equipment.

Product sales are the #1 fundraising source for schools where roughly 80% of the total dollars raised involves selling items like seasonal gifts, wrapping paper and cookie dough. It’s safe to say that product fundraisers work.

We offer 2 ways that sports groups can raise money selling products. They can take orders from a brochure, or order a product and sell it.

If you choose to take orders first, we’ll send you a brochure, order form and money collection envelope for each student. Once your sale is over, simply send us the order forms and we’ll process, pack and ship you your merchandise. You’ll also receive a sales report, invoice and a scheduled delivery date.

Selling a product directly to your customers involves submitting a purchase order. We’ll ship you the product and you’ll have 15 days to pay your invoice. This will give you the time you need to collect money.

What Makes Our Sports Team Fundraisers Better?

  • Higher Quality – We offer a 100% product satisfaction guarantee. This speaks to the desirability of our merchandise.
  • More Selection – You’ll find the perfect product to sell for your sports team because you’ll be able to choose from over 100 unique items.
  • Motivational Incentives – We specialize in motivating sports groups. Offer personalized sportswear, cash or traditional prizes that are designed to bring in more sales. And our prizes are free and won’t come out of your profit.
  • Online Selling – Create a second revenue stream by adding our online store to your brochure fundraiser.
  • Free Shipping – All direct sale products are shipped at no charge. If selling out of a brochure, we offer free shipping with low order minimum requirements.
  • Start Selling for Free – You only pay after you’ve collected your money.

Questions About Sports Fundraisers

  1. What are some good youth sports fundraising ideas? Try a discount card fundraiser. You can promote you league while saving people money. Consider offering 5 cards at signup and including the cost in the registration fee. Then parents can sell the cards and make back the money on their own.
  2. How do sports teams fundraise? Many groups sell customized mugs with their school’s name, colors and logo. This helps promote school pride and unity.
  3. What are good fundraisers for high school sports teams? Consider selling scratch cards where your group makes up to 90% profit. Other popular choices include cookie dough and popcorn.
  4. What are some easy sports fundraisers? Consider selling items that are easy for students to sell to each other like lollipops, beef jerky and candy bars. Pricing start at 50¢ each.
  5. How do we get more high school athletes to participate in sports fundraising? Consider offering additional incentives where players earn special privileges for selling, like no running after practice if they sell a certain number of items.

Tips & Fundraiser Ideas for Sports Teams

  • Determine how much each student needs to sell and the size of your order order by using our ‘Calculate Your Profit’ tool.
  • Schedule a kickoff meeting to explain the process and what your sales expectations are.
  • Set a start and end date and remind your students daily to sell.
  • Tell your students that all checks need to be made payable to your organization.
  • Keep fundraising safe by reminding your students to only talk to family, friends and neighbors.

Sports Team Fundraisers for Schools

Teams are all about spirit and unity! The fun part about sports fundraising is that many of our products are 100% customizable to your team. We have customizable products and prizes that will show team support and help your players reach their sales goals. From mugs with your team’s logo, to the sportswear that your team will win as a result of hitting their selling goals, your fundraiser is guaranteed to be a home-run!

Motivating Sports Teams to Sell

Fundraisers for sports groups are all about team spirit—and that starts with getting players and sellers excited for the cause. Usually this isn’t difficult; you’re probably working towards a district championship or even a state title, which is the ultimate quest for everyone involved.

This big-picture, common goal reduces competition and shifts the focus toward accountability and ownership of your hard-earned opportunities in your sport. Whatever the reason for your fundraiser, gathering excitement over a shared cause creates a sense of unity in a team, which is the recipe for a strong sale. See 10 reasons why high school sports benefits students

Fundraising Ideas for Teams

Speaking of recipes, food fundraisers are an easy sell at school sporting events. Try walking the stands with Popcornopolis, or hit them near the water fountains with the Premier Cookie Collection. Talk with you concessions manager about offering a snack that gives back during games scheduled for the duration of your sale.

For the parents and teachers at the game, try selling Smart Snacks—a healthier offering that will keep them satisfied into the last inning or final quarter. Another great idea for Smart Snacks is to plan ahead for traveling games - with options like honey roasted peanuts and cashews your team is sure to be energized after a long bus ride. Encourage students and parents to stock up on treats like these during the fundraiser.

Customizable Products

Customized school mugs and tumblers are other easy-sellers to teachers and parents affiliated with your team or school, or simply supportive of the school’s sports program. Who doesn’t want to show a little school pride? With your school’s colors and logo printed on the side, you’ll definitely grab attention wherever you take it. Athletes will feel the support from seeing these items throughout the school, and they’ll thrive on the encouragement.

Finally, discount card fundraisers are another fun method of adding some customization to your sale by hand picking local businesses and restaurants that you think parents and team members will enjoy. Families and athletes can celebrate at a local restaurant after their big win!

Sports Team Prizes

If there wasn’t incentive enough to hit your sports team fundraising goals and make it to the championship, we also have prize programs to inspire your student athletes to leave it all on the field. Cash, cookies, and custom sportswear are all exceptional prize options to really give your sale that extra kick.

Athletes will appreciate the chance to earn sport some gear that represents their selling success, or perhaps earn some spending money for the trip to the big game.