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A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is a great way to raise funds for March of Dimes by involving different campus organizations and community members. Your club will need to get the word out to field enough teams. Teams can be organized by age range- so you could have teams from the local middle and high school, your campus and even from the community.
Things you need:
A gym- Check with your college/university to see if the space is open for your event and the cost to rent the space. In most cases, if the gym is not booked you can use the facilities for free or a very nominal fee. Make sure there is seating for those people interested in coming to watch the tournament.
Players/Teams- Each team should have 4 members so each team has one substitute. There are two ways to register players for the tournament. You can ask that teams be formed at the time of registration or if players cannot find enough players for a team, your club can pair up single players with others of the same age range and height. Some organizations on campus will enter multiple teams. You can offer a discount to those organizations.
Brackets- Your club will need to determine when each team begins playing and create brackets for each age range.
Referees- Partner with members of the basketball teams to serve as referees and scorekeepers. You could co-organize the event with the basketball teams!
First Aid- Make sure to have ice packs, Band Aids, and Ace Bandages available in case of injuries. If you have an athletic training, physical therapy, nursing or pre-med students in your club this is something they can easily coordinate.
Scorekeeping equipment- In a 3-on-3 tournament, it’s easiest to keep score using flip-card scoring. You can make these or purchase them. You’ll need one for each court.
Concessions- Your spectators and players will get hungry. Have a concession stand selling food and drinks to those in attendance. Popcorn, canned soda, bottled water, chips, and candy are easy concession items. If you add items like hot dogs or sandwiches (like hamburgers and veggie burgers) you can increase your profits. Club members should be in charge of the concession stand. You can provide information on prematurity, your club, Kiwanis and March of Dimes along with each item sold.
Prizes- Don't forget to provide prizes for the winners of each age range and invite someone from the local March of Dimes chapter to present the prizes at the conclusion of the tourney.
Publicity- You’ll need a group of club members to create and distribute items to create a buzz around your event. This can be via social media, fliers around campus and speaking at meetings for other organizations.
Payment for your volunteers- Your volunteers are worth their weight in gold. While you can afford to pay them in cash, you can “pay” them for their time. One easy way to “pay” volunteers is providing food and drinks during the event.
Contact people for teams on tournament day- You should have one or two contact people for each age range on the day of the tournament. This person/people will make sure the teams get to the correct court and will fill out the brackets as each game is completed. Teams should know where to check-in upon arrival and who their point of contact is prior to arrival.
Admission- Spectators will want to come and watch their friends play in the tournament. You can charge a flat fee at the door or ask for a donation to March of Dimes. Make sure you have at least one person (and a money box with change) at each entrance at all times.
Other fundraising ideas- Hold other contests as part of the tournament-
- • If possible ask teams to wear the same shirt so it’s easy for the referees to distinguish one team from another.
- • Set the registration fee dependent upon your campus. Most programs will charge $80 per team (or $20 per person) or more.
- • If you want to provide a t-shirt for the event, work with local businesses to get sponsorship and use those funds to offset the price of the shirt. Put the sponsor’s names and logos on the back of the shirt as part of their sponsorship agreement. This is great publicity for your sponsors.
- • Do you want to give trophies? Team up with a local trophy shop and ask them to donate the trophies in exchange for putting their name and logo on your t-shirts, too.
- • Remember, the more items you can have donated through sponsorship, the more funds you can donate to March of Dimes.
- • Invite the members of the campus and local media to cover your event.
Add a Three Point Shooting Contest, Free Throw Shooting Contest and a Slam Dunk Contest (check with the gym manager before doing this because no one wants to pay for a shattered backboard.) Charge an entry fee for those who want to participate- this isn’t limited to those playing in the tournament. Give out prizes. Raffles-
Ask local businesses to donate items like gift cards. Sell chances to win donated items or services. Get your faculty and Kiwanis members involved-
Ask the president or dean of your college/institution to participate in a shoot out with your club president or another faculty member. It’s great to get different levels of the administration involved with student organizations. Don’t forget to ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club to participate, too.