As soon as my oldest son could kick a ball, we knew he’d be a soccer player. In his 4th year of soccer, he’s one who rarely misses a practice or game, cheering on his team whether they are winning or losing… Which has brought on a love of soccer balls with my daughter and youngest son, too. The sport has become a passion in our family.
Our new lifestyle now knows the sport takes up both our weekends and bank accounts, as there is much more to the seasonal registration fee, with costs for cleats, snacks, pictures and more.
Wouldn’t it be great to have funds for these extras, so parents didn’t have to dish it out? Cue Pear. Pear is a social engagement platform that helps groups earn sponsorships from brands. So you can get the donations needed to cover extras! And the best part? It’s free!
Pear matches up sponsors with groups and organizations within the community, making sponsorship simple and easy for both parties. And right now, Ritz Bits is offering more than $100,000 to sponsor to youth soccer teams across the country by providing team apparel or providing a donation for team/league fees. There is no catch – Ritz Bits simply wants to generate goodwill in the youth soccer community!
How does it work?
Sponsors have money to donate, but they don’t always know how or where to donate it. Pear works as the middleman to help connect sponsors and groups in need. Pear helps the group leader create a Pear, and the group leader invites others to join.
A dedicated community manager at Pear will help groups get the most money from their Pear. Groups earn sponsorship money by creating a Pear for their group and sharing with others who complete digital incentives to earn more money.
Each group can earn up to $1,000 within a 10-day time frame.That $1,000 can be used toward team apparel or can simply be a donation to the soccer team for team/league fees. Each team member completes digital steps on behalf of Ritz Bits to earn dollars – things like liking Ritz Bits on Facebook, following Ritz Bits on Instagram or signing up for an email. For every step team members complete, they’ll get dollars towards their goal. The more tasks you complete, the more dollars you earn for your sponsorship. At the end of the 10-day period, group leaders claim an online certificate for the amount earned redeemable at any Pear printer or a check will be made out to the individual responsible for handing financials for the soccer team or organization.
You get to keep whatever amount you earn. It’s completely free to participate. It’s zero cost to you, and no are donations required. So far, there are more than 1,700 participants and more than 250 Pears.
Take a look at how Pear works – and help out this team while you’re there. Or, you can start a Pear for yourself! It’s so easy to get started to help your team get the funds they need!
The fine print:
Teams cannot be school affiliated.
The group award is paid out by Pear to leagues/organizations directly.
Award redemption instructions are provided with each Pear Sponsorship certificate (which you’ll receive via the site upon completion of your sponsorship) — 10 days or sooner if you choose to wrap up early.
Typical turnaround time for issuance of sponsorship awards for this program is one week.
Sponsorship award value may be paid via check directly to team or league organizations only, with proper (W-9 or EIN) validation — checks will not be issued to individuals.