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.
Your team starts with a blank grid like the one below.
Each team member is assigned a specific section of squares to sell or specific ones chosen at random. 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.)
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?