Fundraising for Sports Teams

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Fundraising for sports teams is crucial for a number of reasons. It helps cover team expenses (uniforms , sports equipment, etc) enhance player experiences, and foster community involvement, interpersonal skills, and team spirit. Fundraising also promotes financial independence for the teams, and allows them to contribute to charitable causes. The players who participate in the fundraising effort build lifelong skills such as organization, communication, and teamwork. Overall, these types of events create a positive impact on the team and the community.

Why Do Sports Teams Fundraise?

Sports teams fundraise to cover various expenses and support their activities. These fundraisers are essential as they help the team afford sports equipment, uniforms, travel costs for competitions, coaching fees and facility rental to name a few. By raising funds, sports programs can enhance the overall player experience, provide better resources and facilities, and foster a sense of camaraderie among team members. Fundraising also allows the team to be financially independent, allowing them to compete in more competitions giving the players every opportunity for success.
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Types of Sports Teams That Fundraise

Sports teams, school teams, and leagues engage in fundraising to support their activities. Below are some examples of teams and why they fundraise.

Youth Sports

Youth sports fundraising plays a crucial role in a youth sports team’s success as it enables community members, parents, and businesses to come together and support the young athletes. These fundraising events raise funds but also create a sense of unity within the community. By contributing to youth sports, supporters actively invest in the physical and emotional well-being of the next generation, promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle. Giving young athletes the opportunity to build teamwork while bolstering their sports program gives them lifelong skills and experiences.
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Middle School Sports

Middle school sports teams often face budget constraints since schools only have so much to give to all the athletics programs. This makes fundraisers essential to maintaining a growing and competitive program. Team fundraisers are great team building activities and get the players, parents, coaches, and community involved. Through these fundraising initiatives, middle school sports teams can secure funds to update equipment, play in better facilities, and participate in sports camps.

High School Sports

Fundraising is a driving force behind successful high school sports teams. By holding fundraisers these teams can afford better training facilities, build or update sports fields, afford more traveling competitions, recruit better coaches, and offer scholarships to top athletes. Beyond financial benefits, fundraising also encourages school spirit, boosts team morale and fosters a sense of ownership among students, parents and the community.

Homeschool Sports Club

Homeschool sports leagues rely almost entirely on fundraising to build sustainable, and competitive programs for their student-athletes. Fundraisers help cover league expenses like facility rental, insurance, equipment, coaches, referees, and traveling competitions. Fundraising not only supports the athletic development of homeschool students, but also creates a close-knit community where families actively engage in their children’s sporting journeys.
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Competitive Cheer

Competitive cheerleading squads engage in a range of fundraising activities to sustain their rigorous training and competition schedules. Traveling to these various competitions isn’t cheap and often involves multiple days for a competition. Fundraising can help cushion the costs to cheerleaders and their parents by supplying uniforms, coaches, training camps, traveling and competition entry fees. These team fundraisers also help foster skill development, team unity, and community support.

Traveling Sports Teams

For traveling sports teams, fundraising is the lifeline that makes ambitious competitions and tournaments possible. Fundraisers give these teams the funds to buy or upgrade equipment, afford the traveling costs, and recruit top-notch coaches. Fundraising not only supports athletes’ dreams of competing at higher levels but also allows them to develop character, sharpen their skills, and form lasting memories with teammates.
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Ways Sports Teams Can Raise Money

Are you a coach or someone who is involved with a sports team? Have you ever wondered how you would be able to raise money for those new uniforms or pay for event expenses? Well, you are in luck. We are going to dive into a variety of sports fundraising ideas.

Below are the most common ways we have seen teams fundraise and generate money for their team.

Sports Team Fundraising Ideas

Discount Card Sale

A common way that sports teams can raise money for various causes is through the use of discount card sales. A discount card sale is a fundraising activity where you can sell cards that offer special deals and discounts at local businesses. Fundraiser supporters can be motivated to purchase said cards since they receive favorable discounts at their favorite local shops, while at the same time, they can support a local sports team.

If you are looking to run a discount card sale for your sports team, here is a quick way to get started.

  1. Partner with local businesses so you can offer exclusive deals to your supporters
  2. Design amazing-looking cards with offers from all of your partnering businesses.
  3. Get your team involved with selling the cards to start raising money for your cause.
  4. Utilize social media! Ask your team to promote the fundraiser on their social media to start getting a wider reach – along with growing awareness of your fundraising campaign.

This can be a fun way to get your team involved locally and strengthen their connecting with the community.

Lawn Mowing Fundraiser

What is a lawn mowing fundraiser? A lawn mowing fundraiser is a unique way that a sports team can start to generate money for their team. This is where team members can volunteer to offer lawn mowing services to the local community in exchange for donations to the team. And it is worth noting that this isn’t limited to just residential lawns. Often it is local businesses that can be your top donors.

Is this something that you want to get set up? Here is a quick overview of how to make it happen:

  1. Talk to your team and get them on board. You will need volunteers and open availability to mow lawns.
  2. Develop different lawn mowing packages to cater to lawns of various sizes.
  3. Start to advertise your lawn mowing services within the community. Put flyers up at local grocery stores and businesses. Something that we have seen be relatively successful is when a locally owned grocery store lets a team leave a flyer at each of their registers.
  4. Don’t forget about safety. It is always important to make sure that the team members who are involved have been properly trained to use the equipment.
  5. Consider add on services. Most people hate pulling weeds and edging their driveway. This is a great way to get extra money for your team by offering these services while you are out mowing lawns.
  6. Show your gratitude to supporters. A simple thank you note will go a long way!
  7. Run a clean schedule. Encourage supporters to book a time for you to come out and mow their lawns. This will ensure you are consistently on time and also can get the most out of your fundraiser.
A dedicated young man participating in a sports team fundraiser by mowing the front lawn of a house. He is wearing a ball cap, a comfortable light blue t-shirt, and dark shorts as he pushes the mower with determination. The sun shines brightly, casting a warm glow on the scene, highlighting his hard work and commitment to the cause. Through his efforts, he exemplifies the spirit of teamwork and community support, using his energy to raise funds for his sports team with enthusiasm and pride.

So, if you are looking for a fun and unique fundraising idea for your sports team, then consider a lawn mowing fundraiser.

Host a Kid’s Sports Camp

Hosting a kid’s sports camp is always a fun and easy fundraising idea to get involved in the community and build a lasting connection with local families. When you put on a kid’s sports camp, you are able to get participants to sign up for coaching and training with your team. This will help them develop not only their skills but their passion for the sport.

Some of the most common camps include:

  1. Soccer camps
  2. Basketball camps
  3. Baseball camps
  4. Softball camps
  5. Football camps
  6. Tennis camps
  7. Volleyball camps
  8. Swimming camps
  9. Gymnastic camps
  10. Lacrosse camps

Two young female tennis players, brimming with excitement, face each other across the net at a lively kids sports camp. Their radiant smiles reveal their enthusiasm for the game. One player dons a dark blue shirt paired with a white tennis skirt, while her opponent wears a white shirt and a dark blue tennis skirt. Both athletes grasp their tennis rackets firmly, poised and ready for the exhilarating serve. The energy on the court is palpable, showcasing the joy of friendly competition and the passion for sports in this vibrant and inclusive environment.

If you are looking to set up a fundraising kids camp, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure you have defined the camp details, highlighting the duration of the camp, where the camp will be hosted, along with the age restrictions of the participants.
  • Look into getting the necessary permits and insurance. It is essential to make sure that you have checked the regulations that you may have to comply with, along with securing insurance for peace of mind.
  • Make sure you set a reasonable fee. This is something that should be affordable for parents but still, something that is high enough that you will be able to make money for your team after the camp is over.
  • TAKE PICTURES. This is a perfect opportunity to build relationships with the local community. So make sure you have permission from your participants and their parents to post pictures to the team’s social media.
  • Always express your gratitude to your participants and their parents.

Trick Shot Competition

Here is one that you don’t see very often. A trick-shot competition is a fun way to raise money for your team.

This is where sports teams and participants can showcase their unique skills (basketball trick shots, soccer shots, football throws, or any other sport-specific trick) while generating money for their team. Participants will pay a fee to enter, and spectators can make a donation to support your cause.

Make sure you pick a couple of fair judges and offer prizes for the best shot!

Team Merchandise Sale

Do you have die-hard loyal fans?! These fans are known to give their support at every turn and would love to support a good cause if that meant they were going to be able to get some new team swag.

So, get out there and offer different team-branded swag! It can be anything from t-shirts and hoodies, to various accessories, memorabilia, just about anything that can represent the team.

Once you figure out what you are going to sell, you can now pick how you would like to sell the team merchandise. Some great ideas for selling are; holding a sale at your team’s stadium, selling merchandise at games, or having the team collect orders.

Car Wash

Having your team set up and put on a fundraising car wash can be a very effective fundraising event. Almost everyone has a car so this is a perfect opportunity to get as many supporters as possible. While at the same time, this is a great way for the team to get engaged and work together for a good cause.

Car wash fundraisers are also a very cost-effective way to raise money. It requires just a few simple supplies (buckets, sponges, soap, and a couple of hoses to wash cars off with).

The great thing about car washes is that typically supporters don’t want to take the time to wash their vehicles, so if you do a great job cleaning your communities cars and SUVs then this is something you can do on a regular basis over the summer to really get the most money raised for your team.

So if you are interested in setting up a car wash fundraiser, then here are a few quick things you can do:

  1. Plan the fundraiser
  2. Have your team get the car wash supplies
  3. Set up fair pricing
  4. Promote the car wash
  5. Lastly, make sure you always express your gratitude to supporters.
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Popcorn Fundraiser

Now we have saved the best for last! If you are looking for the best fundraiser idea for your team then you have to consider setting up a popcorn fundraiser. This is hands down the best way that sports teams can raise money for their cause. What is a popcorn fundraiser you may ask? Well a popcorn fundraiser is where you and your team sell popcorn to friends, family, and throughout your community to raise money for your team. When you do this with The PopFund you get to keep 50% of all the sales and can raise a ton of money! Before you start you just have to figure out what type of popcorn fundraiser you want to do.

Traditional Popcorn Fundraising – This is hands down the most popular and successful way to raise money. This is where you and your team do in-person selling and collect popcorn orders from the local community.


Both Online and Traditional Popcorn Fundraising – This is for the sports team that is looking to take their fundraiser to the next level. When you combine traditional fundraising with online sales, you will be able to cast a wider net and get the most out of your popcorn fundraiser. Taking orders both online and in person leaves no stone unturned.

First and foremost – It is the easiest sports fundraiser to set up! All you have to do is fill out a form on our website or reach out. Once you do that someone from The Pop Fund will get you set up within minutes.

Then you will set the time frame for your fundraiser. This will be a two-week term where you and your team go hard selling popcorn and start collecting orders.

Lastly, once your fundraiser is over you keep your half of the proceeds (and if you were running online fundraising we will send you your 50% from the online sales). It’s that simple!

Now Let’s highlight the benefits of popcorn fundraising:

  • Extremely easy to set up
  • ZERO and we mean ZERO COMMITMENT
  • 50% Profits guaranteed
  • 15 Delicious popcorn flavors
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Unlike many other fundraising companies, The Pop Fund truly gives you 50% of your profits! No hidden fees, no hidden costs, and no games. We guarantee that 50% of every single dollar you raise will go right where it belongs.. Directly to you!

Popcorn Fundraiser For Sports Teams

Why Do A Popcorn Fundraiser

Popcorn is a fantastic way to sell a delicious product at a low price that also has a high profit margin. When you are selling a product that nearly everyone loves, it eliminates the random pushback that you might get from other fundraisers that aren’t nearly as popular. One of the biggest reasons to focus on a popcorn fundraiser is because it’s a fundraiser that everyone is familiar and comfortable with.
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Benefits of a Popcorn Fundraiser Explained

Popcorn Fundraisers give groups and organizations plenty of benefits that make their fundraiser well worth the effort. Popcorn is a product that has a low price point and a high profit point. The PopFund for example offers $8 bags of popcorn with a guaranteed 50% profit for every bag sold. These fundraisers only last 2 weeks but have a track record of raising thousands of dollars in that small amount of time. This gives schools, groups, and organizations a great opportunity to raise a lot of money in a small amount of time and with ease.

Top Popcorn Fundraising Company

Why Use The Pop Fund for Popcorn Fundraising

The Pop Fund is one of the best popcorn fundraising companies in the industry. This company is very versatile in many ways for the groups that decide to fundraise with them. Below are some of the reasons for being a top popcorn fundraising company.

50% Profits

Different from other fundraising companies, The Pop Fund offers a guaranteed 50% profit on all sales during your fundraiser. With bags of popcorn selling for $8 each, you will receive $4 of profit every time you sell one of their 15 flavors of popcorn.

Traditional, Online & Hybrid Selling Options

The Pop Fund offers the traditional way of selling popcorn, online selling, and also the option for having a hybrid way of selling popcorn which includes both traditional and online. Having all of these options gives groups and organizations the flexibility they need to have the best fundraiser possible.

15 Delicious Flavors

The Pop Fund offers a variety of flavors for those selling during a fundraiser. From the classic caramel and cheddar flavors of popcorn, to unique options like birthday cake and buffalo ranch, they offer a total of 15 delicious flavors to choose from.

Unwavering Customer Service

Something that is super important to The Pop Fund is their passion for having fantastic customer service. Without a clear line of communication to the groups they work with, Pop Fund wouldn’t be who they are today. Curious about this yourself? Reach out to The Pop Fund and see for yourself!

Frequently Asked Sports Team Fundraising Questions

Nope! We work year round to make sure that we are always available for you to fundraise when it works best around your season.
Once you reach out to us and give us all of the needed information, we can typically get your started within a couple of weeks.
Absolutely! Simply reach out to us by filling out one of our forms on our website and request samples, we will be in touch and coordinate shipped samples for you.
This may vary depending on the size and age of your team, but on average teams raise around $4,500 in the matter of 2 weeks.
With traditional sales shipping is free as long as you sell the minimum amount of 75 bags (which we know you will)! For Online fundraising, the supporter will have to pay for shipping on their order because each order will be shipped to them directly.

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