• Fundraisers Doubt FAU Will Hit $34M Goal for Complex

    by Jeff Ostrowski December 2014

    Will wealthy donors write checks to build a lavish practice facility for a losing football team? Florida Atlantic University posed that question this week, when school officials announced a $16 million donation and said they're seeking an additional $34 million in private contributions to build a new sports complex on campus. Philanthropy experts wondered just how realistic that goal is, considering that $16 million is the largest single gift ever landed by FAU.

  • Fundraising Turned into 'Friendraising' at FGCU

    by Adam Fisher, December 2014

    Florida Gulf Coast University officials expected the fifth Night at the Nest, the school’s annual semiformal banquet, to provide a big boost to the Eagles’ athletic budget. The goal at Friday’s dinner was to raise more than a third of a million dollars.

  • Team Scrambles to Fund Pop Warner Super Bowl Trip

    by Susan Schulman; News Staff Reporter December 2014

    The Pop Warner Western New York Bills had a phenomenal season. Eleven wins. Undefeated. More than 300 points scored, 70 of them in the last two games. No points scored against them.

  • High School's Boosters Raise Money for Runner Hit by Car

    by PHS Pirate Booster Club December 2014

    Palatine High School student Ryan Kissane was running with some of his cross country teammates when he was hit and seriously injured by a car the morning of Nov. 21.

  • Tech, Funding Drive High School Scoreboard Upgrades

    by Dennis Van Milligen November 2014

    Beyond the playing surface itself, sports fans' eyes are drawn most often to one must-have venue amenity: the scoreboard. For high school administrators committed to modernizing their facilities without the funding to do so, scoreboards are increasingly seen as a great place to start. "Budgets are tighter than they've ever been," says Mike Daniel, CEO for Murray, Ky.-based Sportable Scoreboards. "Athletics has such a broad footprint, as it draws in so many folks to the school, that athletic administrators have to come across as putting their best foot forward, and a scoreboard is a big part of that."

  • Multimedia Marketing Transforms High School Athletics

    by Dennis Van Milligen August 2014

    To say the business of high school sports marketing has evolved during Jack Roberts' tenure would be an understatement. Roberts, executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, just completed his 28th year in that position. He fondly remembers when he started, a time before fax machines and a time when lengthy face-to-face meetings were all part of doing business.

  • Civic Group Ties Bucks Arena Support to Rec Upgrades

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    The Milwaukee Bucks want a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center. A Milwaukee community group known as "Common Ground" wants better public athletic facilities, playgrounds and recreational spaces. Together, they might both get what they're asking for.

  • Wisconsin Students OK Rec Facility Overhaul in Landslide

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    A $223 million plan to upgrade the University of Wisconsin-Madison's lagging recreational sports facilities passed in a landslide student vote that ended Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

  • Crowdfunding Basics for Athletic & Recreation Organizations

    by Emily Attwood February 2014

    Last spring, the City of Philadelphia launched its first crowdfunding project, raising $2,000 to plant a community garden at one of the city’s recreation centers. 

    Over the summer, 474 donors contributed more than $15,000 to help purchase a new mascot costume as part of Michigan State University’s Extreme Makeover: Sparty Edition crowdfunding initiative. A more recent MSU campaign raised more than $5,000 to create a softball scholarship in memory of a university employee and passionate softball fan who had lost a battle with cancer. 

  • Video: Augie Nieto Prepares to Walk on IHRSA Stage

    by Michael Gaio February 2014

    They told him it would never happen. As the paralysis gripped Augie Nieto's body and the awful effects of ALS took away his ability to move, doctors told him he would never walk again.

    But Augie refused to listen.