Lean Stream

Sports Themed Fundraisers Fall & Winter

School administrators, PTAs, and PTOs always look for new and innovative ways to raise money for their schools.

Fall and winter sports are expensive, so it’s important to come up with creative fundraisers that will help offset some of those costs.

Here are ten sports-themed fundraisers to help raise money for your school’s athletic programs.

Read on to find the perfect fundraiser for your school!

10 Sports-Themed Fundraiser Ideas

1. Football-themed Fundraiser:

A football-themed fundraiser can be a great way to raise money for your cause. Have a football match where people can donate money to your cause for every touchdown scored.

Another way to raise money is to have a bake sale where people can buy baked goods with football-themed decorations.

2. Walk-a-thon:

A walk-a-thon is a great way to get people involved and raise money for your cause. Have people donate money for every mile that is walked. This is a great way to get people active and raise money for your cause at the same time.

You could also have a nominal participation fee for the tournament, which would also be pledged to the cause.

3. Basketball-themed Fundraiser:

A basketball-themed fundraiser can also give you multiple ways to raise money for your cause. 

For example, you could have a shooting competition where people can donate money for every basket made. Or, to change things up a bit, you could have a free-throw competition where people have to donate money if they miss a shot. 

Another idea is to host a basketball camp using players and coaches from your team. Charge a reasonable fee including some snacks and drinks, and you’ll be well on your way to your fundraising goals.

4. Hockey-themed Fundraiser:

If you live in an area where hockey is popular, then a hockey-themed fundraiser can be a great option. You could have a hockey tournament where 4 teams compete against each other after pooling in the entry-fee money. The winner takes the prize money but pledges it to the cause.

You could also recruit local businesses to sponsor match-day shirts or other merchandise. Sell them to the participants and send the proceeds to your organization.

5. Soccer-themed Fundraiser:

There is so much you can do with a soccer-themed fundraiser. Have funds donated for every goal scored in a match. Or you can try mixing things up a little. Play a game of rondo with a teacher in the center. They must donate an amount equal to the number of passes completed before intercepting the ball.

Or, you could have the most talented individual play as the goalkeeper, and players get to try their hand at scoring a goal. They give $1 or $2 to charity for every chance missed.

6. Fitness Challenge:

This can be an excellent way to involve athletes and motivate others looking to adopt a fitness regime. Have a fitness camp fundraiser where people can participate in competitions and pledge winning amounts to social causes.

For example, you may hold a push-ups contest where fellows compete against each other for the greatest number of push-ups in a minute. The person who raises the most money by pledging per push-up wins!

You may do the same with sit-ups, pull-ups, burpees, squats, etc. The options are endless – you just have to be creative.

7. Dodgeball Tournament:

This is another fun way to raise money for your cause. Do you know why this would be a big hit? Because you don’t really need athletic individuals to participate in it. The whole community can come together, join in your noble cause, and have a lot of fun.

Like always, you could charge a fee to enter the tournament. The winning team gets a prize, which they can donate back to the cause.

8. Swimming Contest Fundraiser:

This is an excellent option if you have access to a pool. Who doesn’t love a good time by the poolside?

Charge people to enter the swimming contest and have them pledge an amount for every length they swim. The person who raises the most money wins! This will give them a sense of satisfaction and motivation to do more rounds.

However, you will need to exercise caution and ensure the pool is safe and the participants are comfortable with swimming before you go ahead with this fundraiser.

9. Table Tennis Tournament:

Not everyone can play table tennis, which is why it is more fun.

Ditch the usual games and brainstorm creative ideas to get everybody involved. Call your best stars of the game and have amateurs compete with them. Every time somebody manages to return a serve successfully or grab a point, the other player will donate something to the cause.

Similarly, you can have players donate a dollar or two for missing their serves.

Want to make it more enjoyable? Have parents, teachers, and administrators compete and see how much they enjoy it!

10. Volleyball Tournament:

This is a great way to involve the community and have fun while raising money for your cause.

Get all the teachers in town together and have them compete in a volleyball tournament. Since they might not know how to play, you may bend the rules a little. You can also include students, parents, principals, and assistant principals. 

Allow more than three touches or extra players. Deduct points for taking more than five touches. Or think of other ideas to make the game more interesting.

Again, the entry fee can raise money for your team’s cause. The winning team gets a prize, which they can donate back to the cause.

Tips To Generate More Profits

You can always get creative and think of ways to maximize your fundraising efforts. Here are a few ideas to collect more funds:

  • Have concession stands at your event and sell snacks, drinks, and other refreshments.
  • Organize raffles and auctions and sell tickets for them.
  • Sell branded merchandise like t-shirts, caps, and other items with your team’s name or logo on them.
  • Encourage people to sponsor your event. You can offer them advertising space in return.
  • Get local businesses to donate prizes that can be given away at your event.

Want to streamline your fundraisers? LeanStream’s fundraising solutions can take care of design, promotion, payments, and so much more.

Get in touch with us to learn more about how LeanStream can make your fundraiser successful.