Youth Sports Fundraising: 5 ideas during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has been hitting hard since March. Unfortunately, this global pandemic has affected many facets of our lives, including the financial aspect. Of course, this reality is no different for sports teams and organizations, who, because of the current climate, may have trouble funding themselves. However, do not lose hope! There are creative ways to finance your sports teams, even during the current pandemic.

Here is our list of 5 ways on how to raise money for a sports team during these difficult times.

  1. Selling ready-to-eat meals
  2. Organize an online bingo
  3. Partner up with a store or restaurant and sell their products
  4. Prepare a virtual walk/run
  5. Sell masks and sanitary products within your community

1. Selling ready-to-eat meals or food

Whether it’s cookies, pre-made soups, muffins, brownies, chili, etc., selling ready-to-eat meals or snacks is a great fundraising idea for sporting clubs. These kinds of products are not only affordable, they are greatly appreciated for their good taste and ease of cooking. There are many companies who do these types of products, such as Soup Girl! You could also prepare them yourself! Many soup and ready-to-eat meal recipes are available online!

2. Organize an online bingo

Since gatherings are prohibited these days, we must find creative ways to get together. What could be better than a virtual event to fundraise and gather legally? A virtual bingo to finance your team is a great idea. It is possible to find many partners to offer prizes to participants, who pay an entry fee to participate. In order to create your bingo, there are many apps to help you, like BingoMaker for example. Fun for the participants and money in your team’s pockets!

3. Partner up with a store or restaurant and sell their products

With COVID, it seems that buying locally is a hot trend. Why not partner with a local restaurant or store for your sports fundraiser? Many restaurants or stores near you would be willing to provide you with their products in order to sell them and keep a share of the profits for your team. This is not only a great way for you to fund your team responsibly, it’s also a great way for the local businesses you partner with to get more exposure!

4. Prepare a virtual walk/run

To stay within a sports theme, setting up a virtual walk/run is a perfect idea! Interested people pay an amount of money directly to you and participate in the virtual race. To include and add people, you can simply create a Facebook page for the event. You can manage registrations and donations on the page with a GoFundMe link. Keep your fitness level high for the season while funding your team? It’s a 2 in 1!

5. Sell masks and sanitary products within your community

In the current environment, people are very cautious and many safety and health measures are put in place to ensure people’s safety. Why not take advantage of the situation to help the community around you? Sanitary items such as masks and disinfectants are required. Sell these products (which you will have bought beforehand) to people around your neighborhood. You will save time for the people around you since they will not have to go to the store to buy these items. In addition, you finance your sports team! A good action that will pay off!