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Managing a Fundraiser
from the book "The Offical Soccer Fundraiser's Guide"
by J. Alden Briggs, Jr. and Jana Duffy
The "thon" special event is a clever way of combining fundraising with a participant activity requiring accuracy or endurance - primarily of the athletic variety. Variations on this theme include: walk-a-thon, jog-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, lift-a-thon, skate-a-thon, bike-a-thon, swim-a-thon, dance-a-thon, shoot-a-thon and dribble-a-thon.
At Ashland High School, Ev DeVaul conducts a very successful lift-a-thon to support the school athletic program. He provides the following suggestions for groups preparing for a "thon":
Mike Freed of the Upper Bucks Soccer League, East Greenville, Pennsylvania, explains his team's soccer marathons: "The team is divided into 3 teams and they play indoor soccer matches for 6-8 hours, rotating a team every 15 minutes. Players get sponsors to pledge a set amount for each hour the player participates. We used this event for a team needing funds for a trip to Germany and for our league select team program. It is an excellent way to get a prolonged practice as well as a fundraiser."
Christain Marsh, when she coached the Simsbury Connecticut Internationals, ran a similar soccer marathon where pledges per hour of play were taken. Players would play for 50 minutes and rest for 10. The team raised $3,000.00 for ten hours of continuous to go to a regional tournament.
It's nice to include a post - "thon" celebration to praise the participants for their endurance and to provide refreshments to replenish lost energy.
Editor's Note: This article is from the book "The Offical Soccer Fundraiser's Guide" by J. Alden Briggs, Jr. and Jana Duffy and is reprinted with permission.
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