Opening Day!

Photo by Peter Miller
Photo by Peter Miller

When your community is gathered for an all day event such as Opening Day for Little League, it is the perfect time to build community, do some fundraising, and add a service project.  It's a HOME RUN!!

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Baseball (and softball and spring soccer) season is finally here!  After hours of practice on cold, wet fields, the sun is out and everyone is ready to "Play Ball!"

Teams - like schools, churches, and other organizations - often rely on fundraising to support themselves.  Opening Day for your team provides the perfect opportunity to rally your supporters and raise some money. In the spirit of Big Change, it is also the perfect time to build community and initiate a service project (or two!).

Fundraising Options:

  • Hire a t-shirt silk screening company to make custom t-shirts on-site or create your own custom tie-dye with your team logo on it.  If you are in the Chicagoland area All Tyed Up is a wonderful company that sets everything up at your event and instructs participants on how to create swirls and bursts of color on t-shirts, hoodies, bags and even socks for Opening Day.
  • Create a hot dog bar.  Offer basic classic hot dogs and present a variety of toppings.  Wrigley Field is celebrating their 100th Anniversary and they are offering Dogs by the Decades.  Get inspired by their creations and offer clever and tasty toppings for a price.
  • Contact a major league or minor league team representative in your area and ask for game ticket donations you can raffle off.  Or, how about working with a local trainer or high school trainer and have them volunteer private training sessions as a prize?
  • You can and should sell lots of spirit wear!

Community Building:

  • Have your high school or community band perform the National Anthem and fun music inbetween games for entertainment.
  • Set up your own photo booth with goofy sports hats and props.  Check out our past post, "Say CHEEEESE!", for all the details.
  • Offer games for kids, pitching speed guns or clinics taught by varsity players, coaches or high school volunteers.
  • Have cheerleading groups, poms or dance troops perform between games.  This provides PR for the performers' organizations as well as boosting spirit at a sport that historically doesn't have a "halftime" performance or sideline cheerleaders.  Rah, Rah, Rah!!!

Service Opportunities:

  • Collect gently used sports equipment and donate it to a local Boys & Girls Club, YMCA or youth sports program for at-risk kids.  You can also donate used equipment and old athletic shoes to one of the following...

Sports Gift

Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe Program

The Going to Bat Foundation

Humanity Through Baseball

  • Do a spring clean-up of the fiields before opening day with all teams and participants helping with the effort.  Start the season looking good!

There are a number of ways to engage the community at an event such as Opening Day.  How does your team do it?

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