Scott Weltz from Davis, California is on a journey to the 2012 Summer Olympics to compete in the 200 meter breaststroke, and Scott’s community is excited to see him go for the gold. After all, not every town is home to “an olympian”. But, now that he made it, Scott’s upcoming challenge isn’t just physical; he faces some pretty big expenses, from airplane tickets to hotels.
It’s no surprise that Scott and a number of other olympians are turning to a new form of internet-based fundraising. But, we’ll get to that in a minute.
Before we look at what Scott, and others in the same situation, are doing to pay for their trips to 2012 Summer Olympics, let’s remember what they would have done just a few years ago:
- Written friends and family to ask for donations.
- Run a small event, like a bake-sale or auction, in their town to raise the money.
- Rely heavily on their own savings and their close family for help, etc.
This kind of sports fundraising can be powerful, but is it efficient?
That’s where crowdfunding sites come in. Sites like GoFundMe, a sponsor of Daily Crowdsource, offer olympians, olympic-hopefuls, as well as anyone needing help with sports fundraising the ability to raise money online from their caring & supportive community.
Take, for example, Markail’s first trip to the Junior Olympics. Markail’s mother set up this account to help him & his teammates, at the Las Vegas Heat Track Club, get to an exciting, character-building event for young olympians. Take a look at the campaign; even as a stranger, it’s pretty hard not to donate (due to the adorableness factor alone).
And, there’s more than just one olympian using GoFundMe, there are dozens. Take Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen, for instance, a mother and boxer who is thrilled to have been chosen for the olympics. If you take a look at her page, you can see how crowdfunding can, and already is, playing a big role in her journey as a sportswoman.
Whether it’s representing the United States in the World Championships of Armwrestling or going to the Olympics with your college band, more & more people are using crowdfunding for their sports careers.This is a growing trend that doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Let’s face it, crowdfunding is the number one thing teaching the average person how to raise money online. From learning how to raise money for medical bills to raising money for a retail item, crowdfunding is becoming a go to method for just about everything fundraising.
How do you see crowdfunding being used for sports in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.