The following is a plea/sales pitch to help out our local youth soccer club with a raffle fundraiser. I am a fellow youth soccer coach and the individual managing our first raffle (among other hats I wear on our board of directors.) I am also a member of the Sons of Ben (Philadelphia Union supporters group) and American Outlaws (USA supporters group).
Curse this damn weather! We are a few days into the spring season and a lot of our Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) teams have not had the opportunity to take the field for practice. Our first weekend of league play is just two weekends away. Luckily my U8 Boys’ team has been playing in an indoor league over the winter and we have the oppurtunity to use our school district’s gyms for weekly practices.
Not only does the spring weather and its uncertainty and lack of time mess with our practice schedules but now is screwing up a project that CYSA has me running. The project is running a raffle ticket sale to help finance and promote our youth partnership with the Philadelphia Union which I also orchestrated and administer. The setting up and prepping for the raffle was easy the part. The hard part I am dealing with is getting all the teams tickets and enough time to sell tickets before our April 11th drawing at the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant in Catasauqua, PA. (A portion of the food sales from that night will go to CYSA, which is another fundraiser I lined up for the spring.) I’m concerned that CYSA won’t have enough time to sell my original low target goal to make this a successful fundraiser to try and do annually. I am hoping that any money earned from this raffle will help us buy new goals and nets and fix a lot of our playing fields and hopefully cover some tournament costs for our kids.
My U8 boys and their parents are doing a great job selling tickets so far as they help me make this a huge hit. They also have an incentive to be the team that sells the most raffle tickets which I will cover next. While my team hits the street I want to hit the “social media” streets and hit up my fellow soccer fans and members of the Sons of Ben.
Who wants to buy a raffle ticket or two from my U8 Boys? Tickets are $5 a piece. Prizes include a handful of $100 cash prizes, local gift certificates, and the huge prize to soccer fans is 4 pack of sideline tickets to 13 different Philadelphia Union games in Section 111 Row K. (Four of these packs of tickets will include the season ticket holder scarves.) A full list of prizes can be found on www.cattysoccer.org. I can take Paypal payments to fill out the raffle tickets. If you send Paypal, please make sure that you send it as a personal gift when choosing why you are sending money. They can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, address, email address, and phone number. I will reply back to you with your ticket number(s) and can send you a picture of the filled out stubs per your request. I can also give you my mailing address if you prefer to send me a check written out to CYSA. If you are local to Catasauqua drop me an email to meet locally or you can come out to the Blue Monkey on March 26th and cheer me on in the ESPN Radio Wing Eating Competition. I’m also going to try and get out to watch the March 30th Union match with local Sons of Ben members at one of our local watering holes and will have tickets on me.
What is my team’s incentive? The team that sells the most tickets will win a group outing to take the team and our entire families to a Philadelphia Union game. The kids will also get to sit on the Union’s bench during pregame warm-ups. My kids all want to win and they deserve to win for all the hard work they have put in with me. These kids started playing three seasons a year with me and they practice over the summer. They attend soccer camps on their down time and I got a few of them hooked on watching games on TV. I am about to start a new chapter in their careers by taking them into a travel league this fall. I think kicking it off with a huge group outing like this would be something the kids of Catty Crue will never forget.