Fundraising is a part of any swim team or youth sports organization. RAC has a budget of over $200,000 per year and only part of that is met by the training fees. Our fundraising efforts must fill the gap in order to provide equipment, insurance, awards, parties and events. RAC also tries to keep our fundraising efforts to a minimum, knowing families have other obligations. From time to time we will ask families to take part in fundraising efforts, particularly our hosted swim meets, which generate over $20,000 in income for the team. The fundraisers that you will be asked to participate in include:
1. We will host two meets this year. Each family is required to work at least two sessions at each meet. Children over the age of 14 can meet the family requirement. RAC home meets are held in November and February.
You may buy out of this obligation by paying a $200.00 Meet Worker Fee with your registration fees, otherwise - failure to meet this obligation will result in a fine of $50.00 per session not worked unless an alternative assignment can be arranged with the meet director. (We really need your help, more than your money).
2. Challenge Swim (swim-a-thon) The challenge swim allows swimmers to try a longer event (distance) while raising funds for the team. This event has always been a fun activity with prizes and treats for the swimmers, as well as the ability to earn swim gear. Our goal this year is to raise $18,000. This should be an attainable goal. All swimmers are expected to participate.
3. Kroger Cards. RAC participates in the Kroger Card Program, and this is a no-brainer if you already shop at Kroger or Jay-C. It works just like your regular Kroger shopping cards. Register your card online with RAC and we will get a portion or sales each time you swipe. RAC gets 4% of total posted amounts. This is a great way for the team to pay for new stop watches and other equipment. Our goal is to bring in $2000 for the team in this way.
4. Sponsorships. We are actively seeking businesses to sponsor our team or an individual swim meet. This is a great way to get exposure for your company. We offer different levels of sponsorship and can provide you with information and sponsorship packets. We will also sell ads to businesses for the heat sheets sold at meets. If you think your company or someone's that you know would be a potential sponsor, please contact any RAC Board Member or Kathy Collings.