1) Dunk The Coach:
Set-up a dunk tank and allow players and parents to take turns trying to sink members of the coaching staff. Players will love the opportunity to get a little payback on their coach, and coaches get a chance to show their sense of humor and further encourage team building.
Throw this fundraiser on a busy night such as the night before the season opener. The cost is very low and your team will have a blast!
2) Shoot-A-Thon, Walk-A-Thon, Or Hit-A-Thon:
Players collect sponsors for every basket made, mile walked, or home run hit. To keep it simple, many teams just ask for a straight out donation or fixed pledge of the supporter’s choice. There are now online platforms available where you can collect pledges online.
3) Host A Sports Clinic For Younger Players:
Come up with a little sports camp with 10 or so drills that your players can teach to younger players. Younger players will look up to them as a role model and will likely want to continue participating if this becomes a bi-weekly event or monthly event.
Participants can register online so you have an idea of how many will take part. Payment can be done in person or online to make it even easier.
4) Sell Team Merchandise:
Sell T-shirts, Hoodies, Caps and Bumper Stickers with your team logo to parents, grand-parents and other family members. If your team is a big thing around town, you can sell throughout your community too!
Printings costs are relatively low, so tag on a good retail price and your team will make a nice profit! You can even put together an order form so your supporters can pre-order.
5) Talent Competition:
Have your team put on a show to show off their talents. This event may be more suited to cheer and dance teams. Host a special evening and invite parents and other supporters to enjoy the show. Your team will have a blast and it will further encourage team building.
Charge an entry fee of $5 per person, or $10 for families.
6) Team Cookbook Fundraiser:
Have your team members contribute their favorite home recipes to put together a cookbook to sell. Make it personal and have each player include a short paragraph about why the recipe is so special to them.
If you’re selling these at a sports event where you can set-up a booth, you can even include samples of a few recipes from your cookbook to entice them to buy.
7) Bowling Tournament:
Charge a $15 buy-in for anyone that would like to participate in the tournament. Once all participants have bought-in, break them into groups of 3-4 bowlers per game. The winner of each game will move onto the next round until there’s the final face-off between the 2 best.
Offer a prize for the winner - something local is always best such as a gift card to a local restaurant. Consider adding a little twist to the fundraiser by inviting participants to wear their wackiest bowling shirt.
Get your team out in the community to sell tickets for a raffle. Prizes can include team gear, a free sports clinic, free snacks at concession stands etc. Collect emails so you can easily email everyone the list of winners and where to pick-up their prizes.
Consider approaching local businesses to donate products for prizes - gift cards for restaurants, grocery stores or the movies. Your supporters will surely be enticed when they see local businesses that they recognize and already frequent.
9) Team Or Celebrity Scrimmage:
Have players invite their teachers, parents and well-known community members to play against them. Each participant would have a fundraising goal to reach by selling tickets to the event or getting sponsors.
This fundraiser is a great way to have a little fun with your team and let them show off their skills. You can sweeten the pot by offering a team prize to the winner of the scrimmage.
10) Potluck Dinner:
Invite your local community to dine with your team! Have each player bring a different food from home to contribute to the meal, be sure to coordinate everything with your group to make sure that everyone brings something different.
Charge each supporter a flat entry fee and let them eat!
11) Rent An Athlete:
This fundraiser involves members of your community hiring your players to complete a common task such as spring cleaning, washing their car, gardening or window washing. Individuals can rent an athlete on an hourly basis, depending on how much time is needed to complete the task at hand.
This is a great way to get your players out in the community to lend a helping hand. Not only will they learn a valuable lesson about hard work, they will learn the importance of giving back to the community.