Cool fundraising ideas for action off the ice
Raising funds for any youth sports team is a challenge. Parents are expected to fork over money for hockey uniforms, hockey pads, helmets, skates and state-of-the-art sticks, yet there are some excellent young hockey players out there who simply can't afford to play. That's where fundraising comes into play.
If your child or teen is involved in a youth hockey league, you will come to appreciate a successful fundraiser and its ability to cover many of these extra expenses - and keep fees low. You will find a ton of examples for unique fundraising ideas on our pages for cheerleading fundraisers, football fundraisers, high school fundraisers and gymnastic fundraisers, but how do you choose one that will cover the expense that hockey throws at you? We're here to help, and we've put together the following tips for planning a successful hockey fundraiser that will have all young players seeing some ice time:
Effective fundraising tips for your hockey league
When the players are sharpening their skates in anticipation of the upcoming hockey season, now is the time to look for volunteer parents, community members and minor hockey fans, who will lend their support to hockey fundraisers.
- Take your cause to the businesses of your choice. At the meeting you should put together a potential list of sponsors – and rank them! Now you are ready to approach your potential sponsors in the order that you desire them to be your sponsors. Before you meet your potential sponsors in person, put together a package introducing your team and your wish for sponsorship. Make sure it includes the following materials:
- A hand written thank you letter on team letterhead – this should include thanks for the time they are taking to speak with you about sponsorship. It would also be a nice touch to include some images of the team and signatures of thanks from the players as well.
- Fundraising organizer's contact information – it should include, name, a contact phone number and an email address.
- Bring up name recognition – Sponsoring a hockey team is really a win-win situation for most businesses. You are looking for funds to help your team; and they are looking for exposure. Most will expect that you include the business name in the team name, for example if the business is called Douglas Plumbing and your team is called the Penguins, they may want the team to be known as Douglas Plumbing Penguins during their year of sponsorship, or in the least, they may want a logo of their business on the team hockey jerseys.
- Small companies have long been approached to help fund the minor hockey season. They commonly pay for hockey jerseys, as well as beverages and food at hockey functions. Many small companies will even foot the bill for new equipment and travel expenses for players. That's why it's important to let them know how thankful you are. Extend a hand of thanks by offering season tickets to minor hockey games. For instance make sure 5 to 12 seats are always available for company employees to attend for free. This has a secondary benefit. It familiarizes your hockey players with those responsible for funding some of their hockey season, and it let's the company see just what their money is going towards.