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Will the Future of Youth Sports Depend on Fundraising?

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There have always been costs associated with youth sports. Whether its sport-specific equipment or just a new pair of running shoes it’s not uncommon for parents to pay something in order to have their children enrolled sporting activities. Parents and coaches have been bearing this cost for many decades and although it was tough for some parents to find the money that was needed, it was still largely manageable.

ENYYSA Donated $250,000 To Soccer Clubs after Hurricane Sandy

Long Island Junior Soccer League Distributes $125,000 For Hurricane Sandy covers all levels of soccer in New York and New Jersey, from youth to college to the pro leagues and national teams and recently chose the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) response to Hurricane Sandy as the number one story of 2012! ENYYSA and affiliated non-profit organizations, including SportsSignup, donated nearly $250,000 to needy soccer clubs and teams devastated by the hurricane.

$125,000 was raised by the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL), the largest league in ENYYSA. The LIJSL received 75 applications at their office in Ronkonkoma for grant money and all 75 applica
nts received some form of aid.
“We disbursed $125,000 and we wish that we had more to give,” said LIJSL President Addie Mattei-Iaia. “We hope and pray that all the Long Island families affected by the storm are on the road to recovery. As a Long Islander, I am proud to see how everyone has come together to help our neighbors and I sincerely hope that our communities will be able to come together again on the playing fields this spring.”
The grant money was a combination of LIJSL funds approved by the Board of Directors, unused referee funds from unplayed games donated by the LIJSL club presidents, referee assigning fees from the two cancelled weeks of the season donated by the Long Island Soccer Referees Association plus donations from the East Hudson Youth Soccer League and Sports SignUp. An honorary committee consisting of Sports SignUp CEO Anthony Bruno, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi received the grant requests and determined the allocation of the monies.

SportsSignup Offers Event Participants Convenient Way to Support Charitable Organizations


Here at SportsSignup, we are dedicated to making it convenient for sporting event organizers and registered participants to support charitable causes in their communities.

The Troy Turkey Trot Donated More than $12k to Local Charities!

The Troy Turkey Trot Donated More than $12k to Local Charities!

The Troy Turkey Trot is one of the oldest (since 1916 when it had 6 runners) and biggest (this year it smashed the previous registration record with 8,290 participants!) road races in the United States (the 12th oldest to be exact). The Troy Turkey Trot allowed registrants to donate to local charities when they registered online via the SportsSignup road race registration system. This year the race was sponsoring three local charities including the Troy Boys and Girls Club, the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.  22% of the registrants donated to this year's designated non-profits for a grand total of $12,177 to the three charities!

SportsSignup and the 2012 Troy Turkey Trot

Troy Turkey Trot

SportsSignup  is once again is partnering with the Troy Turkey Trot to provide fast, convenient, secure online registration for the estimated 7,000 runners and walkers who are expected to participate in the Capital Region's premier Thanksgiving Day sporting event.

SportsSignup's registration software has an integrated drop-down feature that allows users to designate a charitable donation when registering for an event. Registrants for the 65th Annual Troy Turkey Trot may select from among the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the Troy Boys & Girls Club and the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club.

Registrants so far have voluntarily donated more than $4,000 to the three organizations.

"The opportunity to give back to our communities is something our employees appreciate and that we value as a company," SportsSignup CEO Anthony Bruno said. "We're pleased that our service can provide a gateway not only to the organizations we've partnered with for this event, but for worthy causes in communities throughout North America."

The 65th Annual Troy Turkey Troy features competitive 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races, a Grade School Mile and the one-mile Turkey Walk. The Turkey Trot, which started with six runners in 1916, traditionally is among the most popular road races in the Northeast and a Thanksgiving Day tradition for families across the Capital Region.

This is the second year that SportsSignup has provided online registration and road race management for the Troy Turkey Trot.

"The Troy Turkey Trot is a wonderful event for families and participants of all ages and abilities. We're thrilled that event organizers count on our service to help them manage registrations and thereby enhance the overall race experience," Mr. Bruno said. "We're proud of the service we offer to clients and partners throughout the nation, but it's especially gratifying to be part of such a special event so close to home, where our employees and their families can enjoy it as well."

More information about the 65th Annual Troy Turkey Trot, including a link for online registration, is available at We hope to see you there!

Protect Your Sports Organization’s Funds with Better Transparency

Protect Your Sports Organization’s Funds with Better Transparency

It saddens everyone here at SportsSignup to read stories like this one, “A former youth baseball league president admits to stealing money from the Gladewater Youth Baseball Association… using the league's credit card for his own personal use.” We’ve all come to expect a few less-than-scrupulous employees trying to make off with money that isn’t their own in the business world, but it’s extra hard to hear about a member of a youth sports league running off with the organization’s funds. It might be the parents' money, but the league’s young players are getting ripped off too—it’s their team/season that is jeopardized and something that is supposed to be fun and a big source of joy in a child’s life, youth sports, is now marred by greed and scandal.

Is The Cost of Youth Sports Too High?

Is The Cost of Youth Sports Too High?

You wouldn’t think that joining a community youth sports league could be all that expensive. Sure, there is probably some kind of registration fee (which may or may not include the cost of the uniform), and you’ll have to buy your child new or new-to-you equipment each year including cleats, gloves, pads, helmets, rackets and so forth; and then you have to factor in the cost of transportation to and from practice and games each week, and maybe extra fees if your child’s team wants to participate in a travel tournament; or maybe you decide to invest in a few private coaching sessions…suddenly a fun, after-school or summer activity turns into a major financial commitment. When you compound that with multiple athletes in a house, each playing multiple sports (especially at a high level of competition) the dollars really add up!

5 Ways to Save Money on Sports Gear and Equipment

5 Ways to Save Money on Sports Gear and Equipment

Any sports parent that has been involved with youth sports for even a single season knows that it can get very expensive very quickly. Before you factor in the costs of transportation, half-time snacks for the team, tournament registration fees, private lessons and so forth, just outfitting your youth athlete for the season can put a sizeable dent in your wallet. Here are five ways to help save money on sports gear and equipment:

Help Out Your Sports Parents with a Sports Gear Swap


Let’s be honest, sometimes belonging to a youth sports organization can get a little expensive for sports parents, especially if they have more than one athlete in the house or belong to a high-powered travel team. Imagine how much hockey gear for three kids might cost each year, especially since youth athletes grow so fast and probably need new equipment every season. Some parents in your community might be hesitant about signing their children up for your sports league because they are apprehensive about the high costs of equipment. Help ease their fears and hold a sports gear swap at the beginning of the season!

3 Fundraising Ideas for Youth Sports Organizations


Just like any business, running a youth sports organization takes a lot of money. Uniforms and equipment, travel expenses, upkeep of the fields, paying officials and so forth—it takes a lot of money to make a sports world go round! But sports administrators don’t have to worry about their organization bearing that burden alone. Fundraising events are a great way to earn some extra money for your organization! Here are 3 ideas that might work for your organization.

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