Fundraising Ideas

Are you trying to fund-raise for a new hardwood athletic floor or a synthetic athletic floor? Are you out of ideas to raise money or don’t know where to start? Here’s a few suggestions and fundraising ideas from us that have worked well for other organizations.

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Restaurant Fundraisers:

Ask businesses or restaurants if they would be willing to create their own fundraising efforts for your cause, such as 10% of every order on Friday toward the fundraising efforts or 10% of the daily revenue, etc. Many local restaurants may be inclined to do this, as it may increase their own sales by directing more traffic on a certain slow day.

This will help to promote the business’s reputation within the community, potentially increase their own sales, and increase your own fundraising total. For their donation to the fundraising effort, consider hanging a plaque for them or their banner/logo in the gym.

Business Donations

“It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation, ask for donated snacks or drinks to help increase fundraiser attendance!”

Consider writing to or stopping by local companies, restaurants, or businesses to ask for donations. Offer to have a sponsor plaque that will hang in your gym above the new floor with donor names or to have donor banners. Mention that anything helps, the donation doesn’t have to be monetary – perhaps the business can donate snacks or drinks to fundraising events (such as a walk-a-thon or basketball tournament).

Book Fair

Consider having a used book fair at your school with all proceeds going toward the new athletic floor. What better way to raise money than to encourage students to read new-to-them books for a low price? Consider asking families and community members to donate books that may be sitting on a shelf collecting dust for the cause.

A Penny Jar

Consider putting penny jars in your classrooms. The new gym floor will be for the children, why not invite them to help make it a reality so they can feel involved? Kids generally like to help, especially if you put an incentive into place, such as an ice cream party for the classroom that raises the most money per month. Encourage students that no amount is too little, a penny per day per child adds up!

Interested in knowing more? Check out our FREE eBook: The Fundraising Guide for a New Athletic Floor!

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Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Maintenance

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, the amount of maintenance needed for the floor will be a large factor to consider. In order to keep a new hardwood athletic floor in top shape, it must be maintained. This will help protect the investment in the floor. When your floor is installed, make sure to ask the manufacturer or installer the best ways to maintain your floor or for a cleaning demonstration. Many will do this free of charge.

First, it’s highly recommended to place mats or rugs by the entrances to the gym where the athletic floor is housed. This will help catch a lot of the dust, dirt, and other unwanted particles when students, faculty, or community members enter. It may seem like a small step, but it’s an important one.

Daily dust moping is also highly recommended, as doing so won’t allow dust to settle onto the floor. Regular cleanings with an approved solution are also recommended, though it may be best to simply use water depending on your floor system, finish, and environment.

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On a yearly basis, the floor should be screened and re-coated if necessary. Additionally, approximately every seven to ten years (depending on the usage of the floor) the floor should be sanded down, resealed, repainted, and refinished. This will help to further protect your investment in the floor and prolong the life of your floor.

While there are things you should do to maintain your new hardwood athletic floor, there are some things you shouldn’t do as well. You shouldn’t use excessive water to clean your floor, and beware of mops or rags that leave behind too much water. The excess water (though it may not seem like much) can seep through the finish in any cracks and settle into the sub-floor, which will increase the moisture level of the overall system, potentially causing water damage. Also make sure not to use any brooms or scrubbers which will scratch or damage the existing finish.

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, maintenance is something that should be deeply considered. For more information, download Horner’s FREE eBook, Maintaining Your Horner Athletic Hardwood Floor.

Looking for more information on what to consider when purchasing a new hardwood athletic floor? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook, 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Game Lines & Graphics

When purchasing a hardwood athletic floor it’s important to find one that will look good in the end. So when do you start considering game lines and graphics?

Right away. Game lines and graphics are an essential part of choosing and making a new hardwood athletic floor. First, the game lines will determine the future uses of the floor. Second, considering the game lines and graphics together on the floor can help you visualize your investment and make sure you get the most out of it.

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The center court logo for a floor at Rancho Solano Preparatory School.

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The center court logo for a Boys & Girls Club floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep in mind that for basketball, there are different game markings for NBA, college, and high school levels. Some other sports, such as volleyball, are the same way. Make sure you get the correct game lines. Here are the official MFMA guidelines on game markings!

The best time to apply the game lines is during the installation of the floor. It’s important to apply the game lines properly, rather than taping the floor. Taping a floor can pose injury to athletes if it creates a slippery area. It can also cause damage to the floor finish upon removal.

For more information on the process of game lines and graphics, check out our FREE eBook, Applying Center Court Logos and Floor Lines.

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Environment

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, it’s important to consider the environment the floor will be in. How much moisture will the floor encounter? Will your gym be temperature controlled or with the outside weather heavily affect the gym environment?

Depending on your geographic location and air temperature control, there could be substantial swings in humidity. The way your floor is installed depends on humidity levels, as hardwood athletic floors are installed to accommodate these humidity changes as the maple hardwood expands and contracts.

Building architects are expected to provide MFMA-approved conditions for wood floors by looking at existing conditions and the possibility of future moisture problems. This is so you don’t see your floors doing this:

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When purchasing a hardwood athletic floor to match your facility needs, it’s important to keep the environment in mind. Many things can influence the selection of flooring, we’re here to help you think of all the little things.

Looking for more information? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook – 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!

Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor – Activities

When considering purchasing a hardwood athletic floor, there are many things to consider. First, what type of activities will your floor be used for?

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A heavy-use basketball floor.

Will your floor primarily be used for sports activities? Different sports require different sport surfaces. Basketball floors most commonly use a two panel system, such as Horner’s Balanced Performance System,  which helps to determine ball height, which is important to the game.

Volleyball floors also can use a two panel system, but volleyball floors typically have a different subfloor pad (see Horner’s different pad options) in order to reduce the hardness of the hardwood floor. This helps to protect the players’ knees when making repetitive up and down motions.

Other sports, such as racquetball, generally use a floor that’s a combination of the basketball and volleyball floors. With a racquetball court, a different finish may be used which increases friction for the players, thereby reducing slipperiness.

Equipment should also be considered when purchasing a hardwood athletic floor (such as bleachers and backstops). Will the equipment be rolled across the floor or rest on the floor for long periods of time? This affects the required maintenance of the hardwood floor. 

(Download Horner Flooring’s FREE Maintenance eBook!)

When determining which type of floor your facility needs, it’s important to keep these things in mind. Many things can influence the selection of flooring, we’re here to help you think of all different situations!

Looking for more information? Download Horner Flooring’s FREE eBook – 10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Hardwood Athletic Floor!