I suggest putting together a marketing plan and outline what you can do for potential sponsors. We got a little bit of financial support when I was fishing at UT, but we worked for it at boat shows, tournaments, distributing products, etc. Logos on jerseys doesn't do much for you by themselves and I wouldn't expect many financial "donations". Some companies are willing to supply product at a discount and we did get some at no cost, but again, we worked for it. Most of us worked a part time job while going to school full time to support our fishing habits. We were fortunate to win some money through the FLW events and that all went back to the team. The payouts were much more lucrative then, so that helped. We also ran a fundraiser tournament that drew about 90 boats. We took a risk and guaranteed money and it paid off, we profited a few thousand dollars from the tournament and the raffle we had. That took months of work in organizing the tournament, securing raffle prizes and promoting the tournament. A few of our members drove to every tackle store, bait shop, bass club, boat dealer, truck outfitter, etc. within about 100 miles to distribute fliers for the tournament. Overall, fishing in college just made a bunch of broke students even broker, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. I made connections through it that eventually led to my career.
I wish you guys the best of luck and please make the most of the experience.
Edited by T54 (10/20/15 12:54 AM)