Everything you need to know!
Our Swim-A-Thon is just 17 days away!!! Go DART!
Here’s some helpful info for you and your swimmer(s):
What is the Swim-A-Thon?
The swim-a-thon is one of our MAJOR FUNDRAISER for the season. Swimmers request donations from sponsors (family and friends), either per lap (one pool length) donations or lump sum donations. Each swimmer will swim as many laps as possible during their scheduled time, then collect the pledges from their sponsors.
Why is the Swim-A-Thon important?
The expense of running a high-quality year-round competitive team, with a professional coaching staff in several facilities is expensive, and registration fees cover only a nominal amount. Our Swim-A-Thon earnings help pay for: equal swim time amongst age groups, intra-squad meet facility use, equipment, team travel, and so much more!
Our Swim-A-Thon does a lot!
As one of our MAJOR FUNDRAISERS, the Swim-A-Thon is a HUGE way the team raises money needed to operate a successful team. Our fundraising goal for the season is $15,000!! We can do it if everybody pitches in - PLEASE help us reach this goal.
How can I reach my minimum goal of raising $50?
Our goal this year is $50 per swimmer and 100% participation. It should be easy to reach this goal….just follow the simple formula:
· Ask 10 people for $5 each 10 x $5 = $50
· Ask 5 people for $10 each $5 x 10 = $50
You will be surprised at how generous people will be when they find out that it’s for such a great cause!
Who do I ask for pledges?
Ask your friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, parents’ co-workers…ask anyone who may be interested in sponsoring you – and, of course, Mom & Dad! Some people like to donate 10 cents, 25 cents, or 50 cents a lap and enjoy seeing how many laps you’ll swim. Other folks would rather give you a lump sum of $10 or $20.
How do I ask for pledges?
If you are calling people on the phone, you could say: “Hi, this is (your name). I am on DART at Sacramento swim team and am participating in a Swim-A-Thon on March 13th. Would you be willing to sponsor me? My goal is to swim (goal #) of laps during an HOUR to help raise money for my team. You can pledge per lap or a flat amount. I really appreciate your support!” Brag about how many laps you swam last year and say that you think you can beat it this year!
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, all donations are tax deductible. Our non-profit tax ID number is 68-0112483. Donation Receipts with our tax ID # are available upon request.
Who are the checks made out to?
Checks can be made payable to DART at Sacramento. Cash is also accepted and appreciated! If you have some sponsors that have not sent their pledge money by the deadline, please write out one check and then collect the money from them. Making a copy of your pledge form to keep at home is a great suggestion if you are collecting monies after the deadline.
When do I collect the money?
You can collect the money at any time. All per lap donations will be collected after the event, but flat amount donations can be collected at any time! Our lap counters will let you know how many laps you swam on the day of the Swim-A-Thon, and then you can collect from your sponsors.
Where can I get an additional pledge form?
You can get additional copies at 2021 Swim-A-Thon event page on TeamUnify or here. All pledges must be turned in by Friday, March 12th. We also have collection enevlopes and trackers available, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded quickly thereafter. Pledges can be turned in anytime from now through March 12th. You can download the pledge form and the donation form online as well.
What to expect?
Pancake breakfast, fruit, drinks, snacks and much more! Music and fun during your laps! Swim-A-Thon sticker for swimmers who bring in a minimum of $50.00 in donations…the only way to get one is to raise the money and swim!
What to do now?
Please make sure to visit the Swim-A-Thon Event page in TU here. We need everyone to RSVP/Commit to attending/decline so we can start to schedule lane placement for each hour as well as plan for food and PRIZES!
NOW – print out your pledge form and start asking for pledges!
February 28th – Week 2 Leaderboard update
March 7th – Week 3 Leaderboard update & Volunteer Sign-Ups go live
March 12th – Swim-A-Thon Eve Final Leaderboard Update
March 13th – SWIM-A-THON!!!!
March 20th– Deadline for submitting pledge forms and donations
****PLEASE NOTE: PRIZES ARE AWARDED PER SWIMMER NOT PER FAMILY*****
Start Now…Ask Everyone…It’s For Your Team!
Need help getting your TeamUnify fundraising page set up?
Follow these simple instructions in the photos below.