Where does the money come from?


Federico Waldman

When professional teams need to pay for equipment, they just turn to their big investors and boom! It’s there. But at Krop it’s much different. Players and coaches have to raise the money they need to play, from friends and family.

Though it may seem like a bizarre responsibility to add onto the hundreds of players already have, they seem to be doing just fine.

In the case of the volleyball team, captain Zachary Weiner required each team member to send the website address of a donation page through at least 30 emails and 20 phone calls. As a result, they raised $4520 through a company called Snap Raise, which sets up a website and donation page.

This is one of the many scenarios of student-athletes “putting the team on their back” to help make their season possible. In basketball, coach Chris Garcia decided that it was a team responsibility to raise money. He opened a summer camp to raise money and helped the community in return. For the past three years, he has run his summer camp on school grounds with the help of the team. He had three simple goals: keep kids off the streets, raise money for the basketball team and give his players and campers physical activity every day.  

The soccer team has turned to their friends and families businesses to help fund equipment needed to play. Junior Renzo Pederzoli turned to his uncle, who owns “Tu Pizza” by giving 20 percent to the soccer team, for each sale where customers use the special code “Krop soccer”. With this money, they went on to pay for much-needed soccer balls, uniforms, and jackets.

The football team is no exception.  Players sold domino’s pizza cards, got donations from friends and family and used an app which collected money to pay for equipment and uniforms. They also went door to door in their neighborhood raising anything they could for the team.

These relentless and valiant attempts to produce for the team and sport, athletes across the school have not only provided money for their teams but have become a part of the community.