The idea came from a conversation with a life-long Iowa City native who enjoys high school sports.
He suggested that YourPrepSports.com should establish a fund in which readers could make a small donation as a show of appreciation, but also to help bring more coverage.
YPS operates solely on advertising revenue, and we are so appreciative of the businesses that have helped us get this far. They have shown faith in us, and for that, we are forever grateful.
Donations would provide another revenue stream and a way for those who aren’t in position to advertise with YPS, to show their support.
So with that in mind, we now have a way for our readers to make a monthly donation by clicking on the link that accompanies this story or by mailing a one-time payment to Your Prep Sports at PO Box 1815, Iowa City, Iowa 52244.
Every person or business that makes a donation will have their name posted on the link under the title, “Friends and supporters of YPS.”
Your Prep Sports began with one goal in mind and that was to provide comprehensive coverage of the four Iowa City high schools, along with Clear Creek Amana, Solon and West Branch.
The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years and YPS is part of that change as we move forward in this digital age.
What hasn’t changed is the community’s love for high school sports and the desire to read about it.
Since it was launched in August 2016, YPS has evolved in many positive ways, including adding Jeff Yoder as a photographer and building our presence on social media.
But most importantly, we’ve built a strong relationship with over 30 local advertisers, who without them, none of this would be possible.
Our goal when we launched was to keep high school sports alive in the community at a time when coverage is declining. That goal hasn’t changed, nor will it ever change.
High school is a special time, and playing high school sports is a big part of what makes it special.
Our mission at YPS is to help chronicle those special moments and to shine the spotlight on the athletes and coaches who work so hard at their sport.
These donations will help us accomplish that mission because the additional revenue will allow us to hire more stringers and to cover more events.
We also are proud to announce that five percent of the money raised will be donated to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
YPS has come a long way in a short time and we’re determined to keep providing the best and most comprehensive high school sports coverage in the area.
Thanks for your interest and support
The YPS staff