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Skin in the game, refers to a player having ownership of their participation. We encourage our players to raise their own money to cover the cost of their registration. This lesson helps connect the value of the players experience and reminds them that playing football or cheerleading is a privilege and should be treat as such. When a player is encouraged to raise their own funds to cover the cost of their experience, they will cherish and value it that much more. 

 

There are many ways for children to raise funds. Below are simply suggestions for participants to use a start their own fundraising.

 

1. Sell Candy bars. You can go to World Finest Chocolates to find out more information. https://fundraising.worldsfinestchocolate.com/

2. Recycle cans and earn money while also helping the environment. Simply save and take your recyclables to the nearest recycling plant. Do a quick online search to find recyclers in your area and ask how much they pay per pound.

3. Hold a garage sale a couple of times a year and sell unwanted/unused toys, clothing, etc. 

4. Start a lawn service business. Mow yards in the summer, rake leaves in the fall, and shovel snow in the winter. Charge different fees depending on the size of the yard. You can advertise your availability to the neighborhood by making up flyers and sticking them to your neighbor's front doors. Or advertise your business in your neighborhood’s newsletter if they have one.

5. Get a few friends together and hold a neighborhood car wash.

6. Make and sell crafts (for instance, crocheted hats and scarves, jewelry, candy and gift baskets). If you have the money, consider renting booth space at a holiday craft fair.

7. Do chores for neighbors/help the elderly. Elderly people often have odd jobs that they are unable to do for themselves, or errands they need run. Make sure your parents are comfortable with the neighbors you help.

8. Babysit smaller children. Make sure you are old enough and are a certified babysitter through the Red Cross. Check out this link for Red Cross babysitting and caregiving classes in your area.

9. Are you musically inclined or play an instrument? Consider providing music or instrument lessons.

10. Resell items online. Find items on sale at stores and then sell them on eBay for a profit. Sell your toys, collectibles, or electronic equipment..

11. Provide pet care services for friends or neighbors. Pets need washing, walking, and sometimes, even training. Many pet owners would rather pay a responsible kid to watch their animal than send them to a care facility when they go out of town.

12. House sit for neighbors when they are out of town. Water their plants, check their mail, tidy up the home, etc.

13. Take your used and unwanted video games to a local game stores  (for instance, GameStop).

14. Take your old but well-maintained clothing to a consignment shop (for instance, Plato’s Closet).

15. Be a class helper at a local dance school or coach/referee at your local YMCA, or summer youth league.

16. Get a paper route in your community. Check out WikiHow for ideas on how to get a route in your local area.

17. Use your computer skills to teach someone how to use a computer. Create and design websites, or keep a blog.

18. If you have other skills like math, a foreign language, etc., try tutoring and help others improve their skills. Check with your teachers for possible opportunities, or look for postings on websites or through the local newspaper.