Super Bowl Squares (aka football pool)- A Quick and Easy Travel Team Fundraiser

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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.

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Superbowlsquares.org allows you to do it all online. Super easy!!!

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.)

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Write each player’s initials really tiny in the top corner of each square they’re assigned to sell. Makes it easy to keep track of who sold what.

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!!!!!!)

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Here’s what the master square chart looks like once all the squares are sold. (Initials will vary depending on who you sell squares to. You probably already figured that out.)

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.)

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Once your master grid is all  numbered and filled out, make copies for each team member. CAUTION!!! The one above is just an example. Only print this one out and use it if the Seahawks and Broncos are actually playing each other in the Superbowl. AND you happen to sell squares to the same people whose names are written in these squares. Otherwise, you’ll wind up being really confused and your team members will never put you in charge of a fundraiser again. (Or maybe that’s your goal.)

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?

2 thoughts on “Super Bowl Squares (aka football pool)- A Quick and Easy Travel Team Fundraiser

  • January 18, 2017 at 1:16 am
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    Is it legal?

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  • August 14, 2016 at 4:05 am
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    this article very good
    Thanks for share this post Super Bowl Squares (aka football pool)- A Quick and Easy Travel Team Fundraiser

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