Are you passionate about club sports? Did you play on a club team at UConn? Do you know someone on a team now? If so, get ready to show them some love April 19–20.
That’s when 18 competitive club sports teams will be doing a 48-hour fundraiser called Spring Ignite Club Sports. The teams, which range from men’s rugby to water polo to everything in between, will compete to raise money for uniforms, referees, equipment, travel, and any other expenses the club teams need for their season.
“Ignite really helped us a lot,” says Jenna Joshi, a junior who is president of Women’s Club Basketball. “It gave us money in our account so that we could compete and attend tournaments. It was super helpful, and it made the whole season way less stressful.”
Her team was able to raise more than $3,000 during their Ignite competition.
Ignite was also a key fundraiser for Men’s Club Ultimate Frisbee, which ultimately won the competition by pulling in a total of $5,429.
“The Ignite fundraiser helped our team because it was a concentrated event that was simple to use,” says senior Jeremy Bernier, the team’s president. “In the past, club sports allowed us to fundraise throughout the year with no general timeline, requirement, or structure. Ignite allowed us to put all our efforts into a two-day window, create a simple website for donors to use, and the easy interface allowed us to track our progress.”
For the upcoming April 19–20 event, 18 different clubs will be competing to see who can raise the most money for their fall club sports.
“It’s nice that lots of club sports are doing it because it makes it a bigger deal and more people are likely to donate,” Joshi says.
UConn first launched the highly successful Ignite club sports competition in November. Nineteen clubs squared off and managed to raise a total of $31,249 from more than 600 donors.