No matter what time of the year it is, there are always sports that you can play, and most people like to enjoy a little friendly competition every now and then. You could reach out to a lot of people with a sports-themed fundraiser, and you can strike gold with one of the sports fundraising ideas that we're about to share with you.
Every sport can be played in a tournament format, and when you get people's competitive spirit going you can gain a lot of attention. Charge a modest sign-up fee to join the tournament, and assign a group of people on your fundraising team with organizing the teams and creating a game schedule. You'll also have to arrange for the venue or arena, and whatever permits you might need to make it happen. Getting the word out about your tournament fundraiser is easy with social media and email, but you might also consider an ad on the radio or in a local newspaper too.
If you or anyone else in your organization has a lot of experience in a particular sport or type of training, you can have them offer clinics. Simply charge a fee to meet with your designated sport expert in a place where people can work on their skills, and learn some new tricks and tips. This can be especially effective if you target young people in the community. They will greatly appreciate advice and guidance from someone with ample experience in their sport, and feel like their money has been well spent when they walk away from the clinic as better players.
If you don't want to go through all the trouble of setting up a tournament or clinic, you can always just create some team memorabilia to sell. Create shirts, jerseys, hats, and whatever else you can think might sell for a local team, maybe at a college or university, and direct the profits into your fundraising efforts.
Whether it's the Super Bowl, the World Series, the World Cup, or the Stanley Cup final, you can bet that a lot of people are going to be watching. That's a great opportunity for another sports-themed fundraising idea. See if you can rent a venue like a bar, restaurant, or a banquet hall and charge people entry to watch the game on a big screen. You'll of course also have to offer food and refreshments to keep everyone happy and those concessions are another possible revenue stream.
Sports are an integral part of our national identity, so it isn't hard to find people who are interested in playing, watching, or supporting their favorite teams. A sports themed fundraiser can be a powerful way of raising money for your organization and giving people in the community an experience to remember.