Stage a Sports Tournament

What it’s all about

Sports games and tournaments can be a lot of fun to organize and to participate in – whether it’s a street hockey, basketball, football or softball game, or something a little different like a ping pong tournament, dodgeball game or three-legged races. All you really need is a big crowd and a few eager participants who aren’t afraid to show their stuff!

Here are a few more ideas for a great sports tournament:

  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Capture the flag
  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Potato sack races
  • Relay races
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Track and field

Why it’s great

  • There are many different ways that you can raise money at a sporting event, like selling tickets to watch the game, asking for a donation fee from participants, food/drink sales, or even fundraising activities at the event, like dunk tanks and raffles.
  • It’s easy to draw crowds because lots of people love to watch sports and it gives people a chance to catch up with neighbours and enjoy a sense of community.
  • There are lots of opportunities to have local media publicize the event beforehand or on the big day.
  • It’s a lot of fun for everyone involved – not just the crowds but the athletes!

How to plan it

  • If you’re planning to hold the event outside, think about how the weather may affect the event – or what kind of arrangements you can make to ensure you won’t get rained out (like putting up a large tent). 
  • Setting up a committee of volunteers will make planning and executing the event a lot easier.
  • See if you can engage any local celebrities or athletes in the event to draw more spectators.
  • You may need to rent your venue or secure a sports field.
  • Don’t forget to enlist referees or umpires if you’ll need them.
  • Make sure you have a First Aid kit nearby and keep cell phones handy in case of emergencies.
  • It may be necessary to create liability waivers for participants.
  • You may want to look for sponsors for the event who can help cover the costs of renting the venue or printing materials.

Need more help organizing your event? Visit our Planning and Promoting Your Fundraiser page.