A major consideration of any track and field team is fundraising, trying to earn enough money to get your team to the next event and buy the equipment necessary. Every school athletic team has tried going door to door selling candy bars and wrapping paper or having car washes, but maybe you want to try something a little different, something that will tie in track and field with your fundraising. Keep reading for some track and field fundraising ideas that will wow the community and bring in the dollars.
What better way to raise money for a track and field team than to host a running event? You can put together a local 5K run where runners will pay a small fee to participate. You can also get your student athletes to find sponsors, giving a certain amount of money per kilometer. For additional funding opportunities, you can sell advertising space to local businesses along the route. Many are eager to support their local high school athletics. An event like this will take some coordinating with your city officials, so be sure to plan ahead.
It isn’t uncommon for basketball and baseball teams to host fundraising events where parents, friends, and teachers play a game against the team. Why not introduce a similar concept to track and field? You can sell tickets to a teachers versus students event. Or you can host an event where parents and members of the community participate in some of the events. You can sell tickets and look for donations from local businesses.
If you can afford an upfront investment, why not sell t-shirts, blankets, bags, and hats with your team logo on it? This is a great way to generate revenue while boosting the spirits of your team. You can set up a vending booth at track events for parents, students, team members, and other members of the community. And don’t feel limited to only selling clothing or accessories. You can put your team mascot on any products you feel would be right for your community.
It has always seemed odd to see student athletes selling unhealthy candy bars or cookies. You can buck that trend by sending your students out with fundraising products that reflect the spirit of athletics. Luckily, there are companies that offer healthy products for athletic fundraising. One company, Langdon Barber Groves, offers schools the opportunity to sell boxes of their oranges, tangerines, tangelos, apples, pears, and grapefruit, depending on the season. Your program will earn profits of 50 percent.
If you don’t think citrus products will fly in your area, stick with things that have worked in the past. One increasingly popular fundraising product is pre-packaged cookie dough. You can find a variety of flavors, including the ever popular chocolate chip. But some companies are getting adventurous, offering flavors like strawberry shortcake and brownies. To make matters even better, there are many companies that allow you to sell your product without having to buy it first. This means you won’t get stuck with lots of unsold cookie dough at the end of the year.