Fundraising The Storm Way


by Abbie CraneStaff Writer

The Simpson athletic teams all participate in various fundraisers throughout the year, though not every team makes a lot of money.

The most common fundraisers are t-shirt sales and calendars, but there are many different ways the teams go about raising money.

The volleyball team raised about $35,000 dollars last year, according to Head Volleyball Coach Lana Smith. USA and AAU tournaments and camps organized by the volleyball team not only raise money but give the campus more exposure.

The women’s soccer team participates in the regular fundraisers of t-shirt and sweatshirt selling, but they do more than that to raise extra money.

“We also work concessions for the two major track meets and the major wrestling meet,” said Head Coach Cory Chapman.

Bob Nutgrass, men’s head tennis coach, said his players aren’t enthusiastic about fundraising.

“The men are terrible fundraisers,” Nutgrass said. “[We’re] usually not [successful].”

The football team also adds some variety to its fundraising routine, including a lift-a-thon and a “Reader’s Digest” book program. In the lift-a-thon, the players get people to sponsor them for a certain amount of money per repetition they lift.

Most teams spend their money either enhancing their original budget or apply it toward special trips.

The money the volleyball team makes in fundraising goes toward a special trip every other year. Last year, the team went to California, and Smith said she is hoping to get them in a tournament in New York City next year.

Chapman also said the wrestling team’s money is mainly used for a big trip.

“We recently went to Los Angeles to play two matches,” Chapman said. “We hope to take a big trip each year not only for the experience the players get out of it, but for the national competition and recruiting purposes.”

Other athletic teams raise money for reasons other than trips.

Todd Deely, cross country head coach and track and field distance coach, said the extra money the team makes doesn’t usually go toward a special trip.

“Often it goes to supplement assistant coach salaries, pay for uniforms or warm-ups or to simply increase the money that is available to us to run our programs,” Deely said.

Not all teams have a surplus of money from their fundraising.

“Right now, the money is going toward making up a deficit from last season,” Nutgrass said. “The main goal is for the money to go toward a spring trip.”

Overall, the coaches agreed that as long as some money is made, the fundraising is successful. Every dollar counts.