Finding companies willing to sponsor kids in sports
Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:46 PM
I'd especially love specific company recommendations
Thanks in advance!
Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:02 PM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:50 PM
I made up letters, explaining what was needed, where the money would go (uniforms, travel expenses, etc), and what the company would get in return.
We did practice conversations with son. What he should say when he walks in, answers to common questions, etc etc. We practiced for a couple of days.
Then, he dressed in his team shirt and hat, and we went out to local businesses. I would stay either just outside of the store (if it was small store where I could see him through the window) or stand 10 feet away from him in the store. This was his gig, and I let him do the talking. (He didn't always do "perfect", sometimes when he would tell me the conversations, I would be like "you said WHAT!??!" in my mind. I would just use those times to kind of guide him with the right thing to say, without telling him he said the wrong thing)
I think it was a great experience for him. Every year, he earned his way on to the All-Star team. We always made sure to give him lots of kudos for his efforts.
ps. DS was ages 8-10 when we did this.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:04 PM
Posted 01 August 2009 - 12:11 AM
To a lesser degree we've had luck with grocery stores, oil/lube joints, smalltime publications like local newspapers or free area parenting mags, dry cleaners, photographers, realtors, events places (minigolf, waterparks, etc) ... honestly, one year I went through one of those "Free Coupon" envelopes I get in the mail every few weeks and hit up every advertiser in the packet.
I have the best success rate with medium sized business or services that targeted (our) families. I've also "advertised" for sponsors by requesting that our local newspaper do an article/write-up on our organization (specifically, MY team!) with the mention about community support, blah blah blah, and to come out and support our x-event [car wash, restaurant service for tips, etc] on such-and-such date. They like seeing the kids actively "earning" the money, and 3:5 times I'll get a sizeable donation from someone not even interested in sponsorship recognition.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 08:59 AM