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Four Ways to Fundraise for Your Team

By Positive Coaching Alliance, 07/17/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Is your sports team in high school or college? Put your team’s skills to use and organize a day camp for elementary or middle school children. Hosting a kids camp can both raise money and educate children about sports and exercise.

It seems as though one of the growing responsibilities of a team coach or athletic director is fulfilling the impending financial needs of its team.

We’ve listed four exciting ways to fundraise for your sports team -- and gain community support.

1. Host a Neighborhood Street Party
Is your team a big part of the local community? Ask a large neighborhood to participate in a street party. This will make a great impact in your local community, and the fundraising opportunities are limitless. Sell food and drinks, organize games or contests, and watch the donations roll in. All activities are low cost, but simple to gain supporters.

2. Host a Kids Camp
Is your sports team in high school or college? Put your team’s skills to use and organize a day camp for elementary or middle school children. Hosting a kids camp can both raise money and educate children about sports and exercise. Not only will you be able to utilize the registration fees as funds, but you can also instill the value of charity work in your athletes.

3. 'Rent an Athlete' Day
Inform your community that your team is looking to raise money, and offer your assistance for any household chores. Popular tasks may include: mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, carrying groceries, babysitting, and dog walking, but get creative. Community members can hire your team members and pay them for the task or by the hour.

4. Food Truck Rodeo
We’re sure many of your team’s supporters come hungry to your games, matches, or competitions. Is there a big tournament coming up? Reach out to food trucks in your area and encourage them to attend. You can charge for entrance to the festival, and the trucks can still charge their normal prices.

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Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

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