Every year we receive questions about why Region 13 asks for financial contributions through our fundraising programs. The following information may help you understand why we have a team sponsorship program.
Region 13 is, as well as all of AYSO, is a non-profit organization. It operates under AYSO’s 501(c)(3) number 95-6205398.
In addition to the costs that might seem obvious to you, such as the purchase of player uniforms and providing pictures of each child and their team, there are many, perhaps, less obvious expenses. For example, Region 13 participates in the maintenance and upkeep of many of our playing fields, which includes several items, like purchasing fertilizer and paying for sprinkler repairs, to name a few. We have to purchase and maintain all of the goals and nets used throughout our region. The region must also pay a fee for each player to the National AYSO organization (currently $17.50) and to Area 1/C (currently $2.50).
We could, of course, charge higher registration fees, sufficient to cover all of our expenses, and avoid altogether the need for fundraising. However, when the region sets registration fees each year, our objective is to keep them as low as possible – so that more families, and families with multiple children in the program, can afford to participate. In order to offset such costs, we do have 3 separate fundraising activities; Team Sponsors, Tournaments and our Circle of Champions.
Our goal is to identify at least one sponsor for each of our 230+ teams. Sponsors are often commercial businesses, professionals, individuals and sometimes a group of parents of the team members. Sponsorships require a minimum donation of $350 to the region. In return, sponsors receive our sincere gratitude and, after the season, a plaque with the team picture on it for display.
Sponsorship monies may be used for normal operating expenses or added to other fundraising amounts for special projects. In the past, these funds have been used by Region 13 to participate in the development of playing fields; the construction of the snack bar at the Rose Bowl; the lighting of Victory Park, Muir High School, Pasadena High School. Every team should work very hard to obtain a sponsor. Their contributions are critical to Region13’s continuing development.
Two of our major fund raising events are our 2 annual tournaments; The Myles Standish Thanksgiving Tournament and the Bill Owen Spring Classic.
These events attract some of the top AYSO teams from Southern California and even some out of state teams.
Circle of Champions
This is Region 13’s primary contribution program. Various levels of giving have been defined and accompanying recognition levels developed.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Circle of Champions. Those who do not volunteer as a coach, referee, team manager, or board/staff are especially encouraged to give generously. The levels of giving are defined as follows:
Level of Giving
$100 – $250
$251 – $500