We give four examples of fundraisers that have brought high school teams revenue.

By Thomas Rothman, FNF Coaches Contributor

  • Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and… Fundraise: Inspired by the Vince Vaughn film, a freshman quarterback at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., came up with a dodgeball tournament in which teams pay a $30 entry fee and spectators pay $2 for admission. The annual event began in 2007 and raised $1,150 in 2010.
  • Pillow Contract: Everybody needs to sleep. Many football programs, including Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ, have raised money through one-day mattress sales.
  • Points Per Drive: An athletic booster club for Farmington High School in Farmington, Mo., partnered with a local Ford Lincoln dealer to raise $20 for each test drive taken in the school’s parking lot. Ford offers this fundraising promotion nationwide as part of its “Drive 4 UR School” initiative.
  • Go Pacas Go: This one took place off the gridiron. To help fund the school’s music programs, students, parents and teachers at Central Community Unit School District 301 in St. Charles, Ill., raised $600 selling bags of alpaca manure in 2009.

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