If you’re a coach or parent, you’ve come to realize that the costs associated with your kids’ sports team can add up very quickly. From uniforms and equipment to travel and tournament fees, you can feel the burden of paying these fees weighing on your shoulders throughout the entire season. Luckily, there are ways to bring those costs down and let your team enjoy playing the sport they love without worrying about the expenditures. For fundraising ideas for kids’ sports teams, try any or all of our options to help bring down the costs and let you enjoy the games throughout the season without worry.
1. Sell snacks
This fundraising idea is one of the more popular ones we’ve seen among organizations. Selling candy bars for one dollar is a sure way to make a profit quickly for your kids’ sports teams. You could also offer a unique spin on the idea by purchasing healthier snacks in bulk at a wholesale store, such as Costco, to promote healthier lifestyles for children and adults.
2. Car wash
A great fundraising idea to spark team bonding is hosting a car wash. First, decide where you will hold the event and whether you need permission to use a space. An easy option would to use someone’s driveway for the car wash, although you will risk not being seen by as many drivers on the road. If you want the option to bring in more revenue, choose a central location, such as a grocery store – where many customers will pass by – and ask permission to use their space for your event. Get the kids involved in the planning by making large poster boards to advertise the car wash, and have them work at the actual event by washing cars. For more help planning your car wash fundraiser, visit here.
3. Restaurant night out
Hosting a restaurant event at your favorite local eatery is a great way to enjoy spending time outside of practice and games with your team, families, and the community. Choose a local restaurant that is willing to host your fundraising event for a few hours and donate a percentage of the proceeds to your team. Not only is this the perfect event to bring families and the community together for a great cause, it also serves as a fun, relaxing night off from cooking at home, as well! Soapboxie has compiled a great list of chain restaurants that are known to support these events, so you can choose the right match for your fundraising goal.
4. Pie in the face
A pie in the face fundraiser will surely get the kids excited about raising money. Gather parent or coach volunteers to be “pied” in the face with a reusable pie holder filled with whipped cream. A small donation of five dollars will give kids the opportunity to pie their favorite coach or parent in the face, which results in many laughs, good fun, and new uniforms and equipment with the proceeds.
5. Free crowdfunding
The best way to easily fundraise for your kids’ sports team without having to organize an event is to launch a free YouCaring fundraiser. Crowdfunding is is a form of peer-to-peer fundraising that harnesses the power of social networks to raise awareness and draw donations for online campaigns. Starting a fundraiser is quick and easy, and if it’s created before the season starts, it would help to kickstart the fundraising efforts to provide new equipment, uniforms, and cover travel costs.
Now that you are aware of the many fundraising ideas for kids’ sports teams, you can enjoy your team’s games with knowing that the expenses are taken care of. These ideas take a bit of coordination but are worth the positive results. For more information on YouCaring and to create a free fundraiser, visit our website.
Check out our Fudraising Ideas for Teens. Before you plan your own event read Seven Simple Tips for Hosting a Successful Fundraising Event.
For more ideas read Sports Team Fundraising Ideas for the Win.