Ever since my son brought home his first cookie dough sales form in kindergarten, I’ve referred to the term fundraiser as “the other F word.” Call me the “B word,” but I just have a bad attitude about fundraising. I think it all stems from my fear of selling things, which stems from my fear of rejection, which stems from my deep rooted feelings of inadequacy….
Sorry. I’ll save the therapy session for another post.
If you’re like me (the disliking fundraisers part, not the deep rooted inadequacy part), you’ll appreciate any quick and simple way to make a few hundred bucks for your kid’s travel team. Super Bowl Squares (aka, the great American football pool) is great because it feels less like selling and more like giving people a healthy incentive to gamble.
Since most everyone watches the Super Bowl, they usually appreciate the opportunity to win money while eating too much and shouting at the TV.
If you’re not already familiar with it from doing a football pool somewhere else, here’s how Super Bowl Squares works.
You team starts with a blank grid like the one below.
Each team member is assigned a specific section of squares to sell. 10 players-10 squares each. Make a copy of the grid for each player with the squares that they’re selling highlighted. As they sell, they’ll fill in the initials of each buyer on the square(s) that they purchased. (We charged $10 per square. But you can go up or down on the price, depending on what team members agree on.)
NOTE: DON”T ASSIGN EACH PLAYER SQUARES ALONG ONE COLUMN OR ROW. THEY SHOULD BE RANDOM ALL OVER THE GRID. (Sorry, I messed up on this and don’t want to have to redo all my graphics. DARN DARN DARN!!!!!!)
Once the squares are sold, you’ll number from 0 to 9 across the top and down the left side. You can put these numbers in any order. Draw them out of a hat or just randomly write them. (Reminds me of Sudoku.)
There are typically three winners: one at the end of the first quarter, end of second quarter, and end of game. Winners are determined based on the game score. For example, if the score after the first quarter is Seahawks 13, Broncos 17, the last number for the Seahawks score is 3 and the last number for the Broncos is 7. The square on the grid that has the Seahawks with a number of 3, and Broncos score of 7, would be the winner. That would be SE according to the sample above.
Winnings are usually around 15% of the total money raised. For example, if you start with $1,000 from selling squares, first and second quarter winners would get $25 and Final winner, $100. (Of course, you can assign whatever prize everyone agrees on.)
I think that’s pretty much it! Easy, right?!
Has your team ever done Super Bowl Squares as a fundraiser? What did you charge per square? How much money did you make? What do you think the chances are of the Seahawks facing the Broncos this year?
Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.
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My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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