Heart and Sole

Coaches and athletes adjust their fundraising norms to abide by federal guidelines.

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Ashley Dixon

Fundraising for track remains online so as to maintain social distancing.

Ashley Dixon, Business Manager

Sports have seen many changes in their programs in the past few months. Social distancing measures must be upheld, open-air practices and so much more. With all these alterations, it seems like neither coaches nor athletes will be given a break any time soon. Fundraising, thankfully, can be seen as a small ray of hope for some normalcy within their seasons.

Take track-and-field for instance. Head Coach Scott Schepens has been using a fundraising program called Blast for several years, and doesn’t have any plans to change it.

“It’s an online program, so there will be no actual hand-to-hand exchange of money,” Schepens described.

Blast is similar to an elementary school Jog-A-Thon, minus the running. Athletes input the emails and phone numbers of family and friends into the program, leaving the work to be done by the program in asking for donations. 

Schepens explained that some may feel awkward and maybe even guilty when directly asking someone for a donation. Through Blast however, the face-to-face aspect is eliminated which makes athletes feel less out of place.

This is certainly a more unique approach to fundraising when compared to other sports that solely receive donations from an athlete’s family. 

Money raised eventually goes back to the athletes in the form of new equipment or banquets at the end of the season, with the rest being allocated to paying coaches. Sports such as baseball reward athletes like Alan Souza-Kenzie even further by creating additional gatherings for the team to bond over.

“At the end of the season we play golf together as a reward for raising money,” Souza-Kenzie shared.

Even though the team will not be able to golf this year, Souza-Kenzie holds high hopes for the future, and so do many other athletes.