Last month, our team at VNN worked with JJ Watt and his team at Reebok to launch the JJ II in Houston and Austin. Little did we know that a few weeks later, the region would face a hurricane that as of this writing, is still lingering over the area for the 6th straight day. Heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue at least through Friday, rivers are still rising, and emergency workers continue to rescue soaked and frightened people in southeast Texas who have lost nearly all they own.
On Sunday, JJ announced via Twitter his intent to raise $200K for relief efforts. It was raised in 2 hours. The goal then became $500k, which was reached within the day and topped off by the Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul. The next, $1M, raised a few hours later. $2M yesterday with a surprise donation of $1M by the owner of the Tennessee Titans, $4M last night, and as of this morning fundraising has hit $5.5M with a goal of $6M.
If you’re at one of our partner schools, and would like to donate to help Houston, here’s a direct link to the fundraising page on YouCaring – http://YouCaring.com/JJWatt
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 30, 2017
New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.
Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:
Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)
$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.
Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)
Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.
Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)
Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.
Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)
Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.
3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)
In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.
Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)
To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!
Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)
Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).
If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.
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Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the MPSSAA Calendar. As always, these dates are subject to change, so be sure to verify dates with the MPSSAA Office.
All Sports – First Practice Date
Golf – First Play Date
All Sports – First Play Date
Golf – State Tournament Begins (University of Maryland)
Field Hockey – Sectional Quarterfinals
Field Hockey – Sectional Semi-Finals
Soccer – Sectional Quarterfinals
Field Hockey – Sectional Final
Soccer – Sectional Semi-Finals
Field Hockey – Region Finals
Volleyball – Sectional Quarter Finals
Cross Country – Regional Meets
Soccer – Sectional Finals
Field Hockey – State Semi-Finals
Volleyball – Sectional Semi-Finals
Soccer – Region Finals
Volleyball – Sectional Finals
Field Hockey – State Semi Finals
Football – Region Semifinals
Soccer – State Semifinals
Volleyball – Region Finals
Field Hockey – State Finals @ Washington College
Cross Country – State Finals – Hereford HS
Volleyball – State Semi-Finals @ University of Maryland, Ritchie Coliseum
Boys and Girls Soccer – State Finals
Football – Region Finals
Volleyball – State Finals @ University of Maryland
Football – State Semi-Finals