By Miles Macdonald
mmacdonald@my.madonna.edu

Throughout the season, different athletic teams at Madonna use different fundraising strategies to raise money for their team. Most teams use this money for travel expenses while some is spent on equipment.

Most teams at Madonna do a lot of fundraising, while some teams do not do as much, or very little, to raise money.

Some teams, for example, the men’s baseball team, have a set minimum for each player to gain in order to travel with the team. Each player on the baseball team has to gain a total of $1,100 in fundraising in order to travel.

“Our fundraising consists of selling the raffle tickets that every team at Madonna sells, selling advertisements to businesses for our media guide,” said Justin Hicks, a sophomore baseball player, who is majoring in Criminal Justice. “We also hold a silent auction at our banquet. Tickets to the banquet cost $60 and $45 goes towards fundraising for the team.

“Our banquet begins with some mingling between players, coaches, and attendees and during that time everyone has the opportunity to bid on items for the silent auction,” Hicks continued. “Then, everyone sits down for dinner and during this time, the guest speaker gets up and speaks. After that, we have player introductions, and the silent auction winners are announced.”

Some of the items sold on the silent auction include, autographed memorabilia, such as jerseys, baseball, and pictures. The auction also includes tickets to Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers games.

This year, the guest speaker at the baseball banquet was Mike Stone, a radio personality also known as “Stoney” with a morning show on FM97.1, a sports talk radio station.

Donations are another way the baseball team and other teams fundraise

Other students, on other teams at Madonna expressed how their team fundraises.

“One way we fundraise is by selling the 50/50 raffle tickets at all men’s and women’s basketball games. We also sell the raffle tickets given to every team and hold a pasta dinner,” said Holly Laginess, a freshman on the women’s golf team who is undecided on her major. “In February, we also plan on holding a bowling fundraiser.”

“The way we fundraise is by selling the raffle tickets given to each team,” said Erick Roth, a sophomore on the men’s cross country team majoring in Criminal Justice.

“We hold a bowling fundraiser and are encouraged to bring people we know along and all the money we raise goes towards our trip to Florida in the spring,” said Billy Teer, a junior on the men’s golf team majoring in elementary education.

“Our biggest fundraiser is a golf tournament we hold every year, which includes raffles, prizes and a dinner. We also hold a casino trip via bus to Greektown, and people pay $30 to join and the casino pays them $20 to gamble. Another way we fundraise is by selling sponsorships spots on our outfield fence,” said Kasey Trieweiler, a sophomore on the women’s softball team.


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Athletes raise funds for their programs