If you had to choose one word to describe the players on the Stafford Stealth fastball team, it would be passionate. Fastball, considered the most competitive form of baseball, is not for the faint of heart. The commitment required is substantial and according to coach Saundra Lafley, players aren’t just joining a team, they’re joining a family.
“The team is so important to so many girls”, Lafley said, which is why they turned to FlipGive to help them raise the necessary funds to keep the team going for another season.
“A Softball team isn't just a collection of players you see a few times a week. They are family, sisters, regardless if you like all of them or not. You can't choose your family just like you cant choose your team. The unique thing about us though, is that we’re bonded. We stand together and we fall together, always”.
Last year, FlipGive launched its first FlipGive Challenge, The TeamShop Challenge. Teams competed to raise the most money within thirty days in order to win cash prizes for their team.
“It was really great for us, because there wasn’t as much pressure. There were several options including giftcards, food, and general items. The entire team really liked the idea, so we decided to go for it”. FlipGive is easy because the Stealths never had to ask for any donations, people were just buying things they would buy anyway.
FlipGive is a free platform that allows users to create online fundraising pages and shop their favourite brands. Up to 50% of what you spend goes to your fundraiser.
Fundraising is so much more than making sure a team has the funds to sustain them for the season. Its about bringing a community together and letting these players know that there are people behind them, people who support them and having that bond as a team working toward a common goal.
“It’s all obviously volunteer, we don’t get paid for what we do so everything goes back into the team. It really helps us so much with new equipment and helping these girls pay their dues. These are the things they really need to have in order to continue playing. These girls are here to stay and grow as players and individuals, that's what makes us so strong and unique.”
Stafford Stealth brought their A game in last years challenge and won $3,500 dollars toward their fundraiser.
This season, FlipGive is launching their second challenge, Raise To WIN, where teams can compete to win up to $5,000 dollars for their team! Click below to create your own fundraiser and be entered to win!
We are so proud of the Stafford Stealth and all they have done for their team!
The Stafford Stealth are competing again for this years grand prize! Click HERE to find out more about the Raise To Win Challenge!