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Does anyone know of any companies or organizations that sponsor cheerleaders? My 14 year old made the cheer squad at a public school, but they are charging parents $2250 per year for my kid to cheer for them. I'm a single mom, and I can't do it alone. Any ideas would help immensely.
By Jacquline Musgrave from Phoenix, AZ
I agree - I would much rather directly sponsor a child I know than be hit with fundraising. You'll be surprise how many people/org's will help if they are only asked! Figure out what you CAN do and ask for the rest. Don't forget your daughter's responsibility in this. If your daughter babysits, maybe some of her clients would donate.
You could go to your local shire and ask them, they might be able to help you, with a source. I know they do help with fees if you are travelling to footy games as I was.
When my daughters were in high school, 2 of them were on the dance team at the same time. I didn't work outside the home, so with 4 kids at home, this was a real strain. But my daughters took it on as a challenge and were able to raise the money to pay for the different outfits, shoes, t-shirts, shorts and camps that they attended.
Of course, they had garage sales and bake sales, but they also sold donuts that were delivered to the person's home on several Saturday mornings. The dance team held a dance clinic for younger girls in the community, which charged the kids $5 for a morning of learning a dance together. They performed for the parents at 1 pm and then went home with a ribbon to show for their participation.
They also babysat and had car washes, and they sold BBQ chicken dinners and jambalaya dinners (we're from Louisiana). I know that some would rather donate money, but in this economic climate, many would like to get something for their money.
The dance line sold carnations and a note for $1 each at school and the person buying the carnation could send a note with the carnation to whoever they wanted. It was fun for the whole student body to see who would send them a carnation and a note. The kids made a good bit of money sending these "grams" for the different seasons and holidays of the year.
It can be done, just include your daughter in the planning and set goals. Where there's a will there's a way!
My daughters have done cheerleading for many years and I know how expensive it can be. You can try doing mass mailings to local businesses to solicit sponsors. But sometimes it just takes hard work. Car washes are great and your daughter can help so she knows what irs like to work for her cheerleading. If you are a great asalesperson there are many fundraisers. We only do ones that have a profit of 40% or more. We are lucky in Maryland that we can work concession stands at sporting events. And I make my girls work to help with the costs!
Ask your local Chamber of Commerce for a list of Community Support type non-profit groups, and/or businesses that do this type of thing. I am a Jaycee, Junior Chamber Member in MO, and we support kids in their growth efforts all the time.
My daughter is a competitive cheerleader. I asked barbershops and got 2 sponsors. I had gas station owner sponsor her as well. It's possible to put her in her uniform and take her with you with the letter head. It's all tax write off money for the business any way and as far as we can't afford it that's out of the question. My mom did that to me in every thing I'd ask for sports, soccer, baseball. I couldn't afford it. You get a lump in your throat when you made the team to hear what you need.
Yes, it is a sport. All sports cost even football. In high school we paid to have my son in high school football and wrestling. If you do not advocate for your kids they become a ball and chain to their phones TV games this build self confidence back in the day can't afford it! It's hard now. Can't afford it. Is my child worth it? Yes, yes, yes, so is yours. Yes, every child is worth getting off your butt and helping them in everything they achieve. It isn't easy making a team. It's a proud moment.