What a great moment – to say “THANKS” to you, guys, who helped us a lot this week. Plus, we would like to share some fresh ideas on how to make Sashka’s crowdfunding campaign successful, and how #TeamSashka can help.
That was a completely “WOW” week!
I wrote about our feelings earlier in the post “Two Days of Hope“. Maybe, it sounds too high – sorry, English is not my native language – but during this week you probably saved Sashka’s tennis future (no matter how exactly successful this future is going to be).
We have an excellent coach & good friend who works with Sashka. But he is a human being, who needs to earn for living – and we are not able to pay for his highly professional job for a long time.
So Sashka can practice when her coach has a free time for that, and it is not definitely enough. Sometimes, there is no available time at all – as the coach is also busy with other players, national & regional federations assignments etc.!
The same with tournaments: tennis travelling on junior level is a complex strategy, where you need to combine points, costs, tournament’s difficulty level, surface and many more factors. You need to stay in touch with other players/families – regarding doubles, travel costs & apartments sharing. You should plan long travels, sometimes for up to 1 month without returning home.
Your player should play tournaments for experience and points, and be prepared for those tournaments in the best possible way!
During bad times, a player (and her/his family) must go further & find a fuel for doing what they must do. That fuel is very natural: hope & belief that one day you’ll get enough practice in normal training facilities. One day you’ll be able to travel again to try yourself & prove you are good enough. One day you’ll come to the court, play all what you can – and win!
A month ago Sashka, though she is definitely a warrior – sometimes even too tough to live with under one roof 🙂 – started to lose that belief… But not now! And this is the greatest result of this past week – a hope & belief for Sashka sent to her by each & every #TeamSashka member. THANK YOU!
I want to say big “Thank you!” to our backers & contributors:
You all are absolutely AWESOME! While it is only beginning, and a lot of job is still ahead – you made this beginning a reality.
Crowdfunding & what every #TeamSashka member can do
I would like to emphasize one thing: we do not rely on crowdfunding only.
This week we met a local realtor to discuss whether we can sell our house to fund Sashka (the outcome: yes, but we need time up to 1 year & money).
We visited a couple of banks to discuss whether we can attract a loan to convert our house into a family bad & breakfast (the outcome: no, you are refugees and can’t get a loan even if a loan secured by real estate).
We contacted – and have been contacted by – potential private sponsors & supporters, and this is where some success may occur as early as next week (credits to F.R.).
We are really knocking all doors.
A week before our campaign started, I wrote a request to a well-known company which specializes on crowdfunding consulting. They answered soon, they were very nice & considerate… but their main message sounded as: “No chances“.
They are great experts in their business… but we still decided to try. Sashka was a main driver of that decision.
She said: “You always ask me just to play, not to think about result. You tell me that a loss is just one moment of tennis life, and tomorrow there will be a next match with a chance to win. So why you, parents, are afraid to try this? You can lose – and what? Tomorrow will be your next match.”
So we are in. But it is a tough match – and we need your help, #TeamSashka, again!
The level of support for Sashka in Twitter is really amazing, but #TennisTwitter itself is relatively small. Now it is a time to gain a wider exposure – I believe this is the only way to meet our crowdfunding campaign targets & win this battle.
What can we do together?
1. A top player endorsement. One, just one public endorsement from a prominent player, like Novak or Angelique, could secure Sashka’s tennis journey for nearest 2 years. After all, crowdfunding is about small contributions made by many people. Novak has 6.77 mln. followers. If 1% of them contributes just 1 EUR each – less than a cup of coffee costs – the goal will be reached. But how to contact these top-star players? How to draw their attention? How to deserve their endorsement? Do you have any idea?
2. A wider tennis community. There is a list of top-100 tennis blogs. Can we ask them to write a couple of word about Sashka & her campaign? How to do it in the best way?
3. Non-tennis community. There are thousands of innovatively thinking people at Kickstarter & Indiegogo who regularly support creative ideas or good causes. How can we reach them?
4. Contribute. We are still far from the campaign target – it is only less than 1% backed. We know (very well) that sometimes a person can be really limited with his/her financial means. We appreciate your non-financial help & support – so every #TeamSashka member is greatly welcomed with fresh ideas, contacts, time & energy. But if you have some extra, and you can contribute it for Sashka’s fight to continue – please do it.
Thanks for reading & for your continuous support of Sashka.
Thank you all for making a miracle by YOUR own hands.
P.S. Do not forget to join Sashka’s practice broadcasting on Monday – through Periscope app. She will be very happy!