Interview with Deandre Simmons

Big Dreams Podcast interviews Deandre Simmons this week!BIG DREAMS SHOW NOTES EP. 12:  DEANDRE SIMMONS

You’re not tuning live to big dreams podcast. I got a great dude with me, Deandre Simmons, but before I jump into that, the reason why I bought this guy on man is because he has a very powerful tool that a lot of programs can utilize for fundraising. It helped me. I truly believe in, we’ll help you, you know the, the, the company’s called snap raise and they are good. D what’s good bro?

Hey, how are you doing? Getting attention doing this, sir.
I’m good. I’m good man. Listen, we got the listeners. First of all, we want to thank you for coming on the big dreams podcasts and blessing us with your presence. Yeah, we got the listeners, man. So you snap rays. I did. It. Had a great experience. Give our listeners what snap raise is all about.

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, first and foremost

I’m originally from the area from Riverdale high school back in 2008, played football, ran track, wrestled the whole nine. So, while I played sports, we had the quandaries and a lot of the times it was going door to door. A lot of times it was selling candy, um, candy, you know, car wash and say, not that public, I people would ignore me, but, you know, we get a lot of different things to, you know, generate broad program. Uh, where stab raise comes in is, well, we’re a social donation platform, so we work with every sport, every club you can think of. We’re in all 50 States. We’ve generated well over $400 million, since 2014. So, I mean, it just, that’s powerful in itself. I mean, just being around for less than 10 years and being able to generate that kind of money to programs all across the country is pretty amazing.

you signed up to coach and signed up to motivate kids at the end of the day is, is unfortunately we all have to do it because things cost money, travel uniforms, um, you know, quit [inaudible] the whole night. And, uh, you know, it’s like, because the majority of the reps that are involved in snap where at one-point coaches or players themselves and we all understand and we all get it. Um, but again, the idea is that your guys’ back, um, the most valuable thing of all, which is your time, um, you know, the time that you need to spend actually game planning for the upcoming season, getting your kids right. I mean, dealing with kids in itself is a headache and you know, all on its own. So we completely understand our job is to help your job or help you make the most money possible without killing any physical products.

You know, I mentioned a couple of the popular ones, um, but that there’s nothing that’s going to wait to the amount of people that you’re going to reach forward with our platform. Again, the big idea is, you know, gathering, you know, gathering and at work of your biggest fans, the corner people that love and believe in what you’re doing. And you know, just giving them a safe, efficient way for them to pull out the debit card or credit card, donate whatever amount that they’re able to donate or course, which they get a tax write off for it. But of course, they know that that money is going straight to the program. You know, there’s a lot of families out there that don’t know where your dollar is going. You know what we’re called, completely transparent, where you’re going to be able to track every dollar that goes in, um, who donated what, um, you know, they’re able to leave personal messages for the kids, things of that nature. So that’s kind of everything in a nutshell about how snap works.

Exactly, man. It’s, it’s, it’s a beautiful thing man. cause I, it tremendously helped us out, you know, a, with the seven Oh seven. So now, um, I’m trying to make sure people, because fundraising is, is something that, you know, as a coach, you don’t want to do what you have to do to try to build your program because you know, sometimes you like as a coach you want your, your players to look good and you bet new jerseys and it is like, you know, the school budget is tight and sports are the last thing they are, they’re worried about. So, you know, with, with a situation like this, it helps you, you know, cause it, it was so easy. We simply had the kids shooting video, Adams set it up to what, what, what? It took roughly one hour to do bro.

I didn’t see it an hour. You know, people say I’ve ever prepared, but the idea is to come in with everything ready and it should only take 30 minutes for launch then. And that’s, and that’s the hardest part honestly because 95% of the work is already done right.

It, and it was like we got in, we got out, we went back to practice and the thing just went to start making money. Man. It’s a beautiful situation. So, you got to let them know where they can contact you, where they can reach you. All the big guys listens. [inaudible]

yeah, absolutely. I mean you can, you can reach out to me directly. Um, my uh, you know, through my email address is Deandre is my first name. J and D R E X map dash [inaudible] dot com. That’s my email address. Uh, is it okay if I put out my personal number? Cause you know, we got

you guys, you know, you might need to get a business phone. So, uh, can you read that?

You’re on my Facebook page and my mom’s hair is, yeah, my first name’s Deandre. And um, you know, those are the two best ways to reach out. You know, of course they can reach out to maybe your cell phone one. I know they’re a real person. spam or that’d be great. Yeah. Yeah. I’ve already, I’ve already had it answered a lot as well. I feel a little, little cautious, but I’ll, well, yeah, I mean like, like said, it’s that simple. Um, you know, and with budgets being what they are nowadays, I mean, I just read an article recently that Florida coaches are basically towards the bottom of the barrel when it comes to funds that they’re receiving, not only for their living but for their team.

Oh yeah. It’s, it’s definitely pathetic that, you know, we, we, we as coaches get paid the wages that we do. And then you got, you know, a state that’s right across, you know, uh, the road, the way, you know, getting paid, you know, six figures to just cold. And, but it’s one of those things Florida needs to fixed because football is one of the biggest money grabbers here in Florida, specially I school football, so, you know, maybe fix it, but right now they definitely need to, um,

I’m trying to tell you.

Yeah.

are you, are you, what, are you on a phone or something, bro? I mean, I talk, talking into it. Yeah. Okay. There we go. Go ahead and say what you’re saying.

Yeah. So I’m a, well, what I was getting at is that, um, one thing that I’ve learned just in my experience is that, you know, we know one of these things, but again, everybody asks us, do their card to earn these things. You know, just like my campaigns work, like I tell every coach I work with, it’s not bad. Therefore, there needs to be some type of effort and energy that goes into it. You know, just like life. I mean, you’re going to get out of life what you put into it, you know? So that’s why I really stress the importance of, uh, you know, having that tight knit group of parents and really focusing on getting parents involved because that, that makes such a tremendous difference for curl brands. I know that, again, nine times out of 10, a lot of the kids that we’re working with, they’re getting help from their parents.

So, you know, having that support already makes a world of different, like, you know, I’ve, I’ve had programs where they’ll have 100% of the kids just fading and they’ll never hit the $10,000 Mark. Whereas I’ve got other programs that 40% of the kids who are doing it, but they are raising overcame grants. It was like what? Like what’s happening sort of thing. And again, it boils down to everyone participating, being part of it, buying into that same common goal. So, you know, I’m my, I’ve definitely, I like to pride myself on the fundraiser, you know, I’ve definitely been, you all want to help as many people as possible, but again, when people have to want to help themselves, you know, I haven’t used to success. It’s just a matter of following the process and making it happen together.

Most definitely rather. So thank you for coming on man. I really appreciate it. Uh, for I’ll see back man. Like who you going to check out this week? This week?

Canterbury school is man.

Yeah, I arrive at listen, come check us out man. We definitely go appreciate the love man. So always shoot me a text. I get you on the list. Make sure you get in the game. You feel me? Fail.

Good. Sounds good man. I appreciate it as always.

Yes sir. I wrote, man, listen, love. We have me. Thank you for coming on the podcast. Make sure people, if you’re tuned in, go highlight my boy. You might need that fundraiser. Oh, you will need that fundraiser. Yeah. definitely.

Well, gray hairs and others.

Exactly. Make sure you hit that. Download that subscribe button. Show your bro boy some love. They dream high. Check me out. Dee. Thanks again for coming on.

 


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Andrew is determined to help at-risk kids just as he was at one time, now he encourages athletes to stay on a better path, and avoid the cycle of despair that he fell into. He saw the affects on the lives of other young men and women who grew up in similar communities, including his late mom.

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