Hi there, LowcoSports fans. You might have noticed this week that some of our content is only available to our Patreon supporters. This was not a decision I made lightly.
When I started LowcoSports.com in June 2017, I badly wanted to avoid charging for content. I view this very much as a community service, providing a glimpse of what is happening in the local sports scene and celebrating the success of our area’s teams and athletes.
But it is also my livelihood.
Within a few months of launching the site, it became clear that doing it right would be a full-time job. I believed in the mission and vision, knew there was a need and appetite for better local sports coverage, and felt it was what I was meant to do. Right place, right time, you know? So I left my full-time job and gave it a go.
More than four years later, we are going strong. We’ve published more than 5,400 articles and hundreds of podcasts covering local sports, and I’ve pushed the button on every one of them and written the vast majority. We are incredibly fortunate to have Wes Kerr working in a part-time capacity and thrilled to give opportunities to students who are interested in careers in journalism or simply want to develop valuable communication and multimedia skills that can aid them in their chosen career. We even have a few teachers and former coaches who contribute from time to time, as well as a huge network of local sports fans who help us stay in the loop.
The only thing holding us back from expanding our coverage even more and providing more opportunities for student interns is a lack of resources — both staff and equipment — and that, of course, can only be solved with money. Adding staff would mean more reporters covering games in person, more photo galleries, more video highlights, more profiles on athletes and coaches, and more timely reporting — especially when I’m busy with my other job, raising an 11-year-old baseball player and 8-year-old gymnast.
This started as a labor of love, and in large part, that’s what it remains. But with more support from community sponsors and loyal readers, it can become an even greater community resource. We could have the best high school sports coverage in the country right here in the Lowcountry.
To that end, I made the difficult decision to begin placing content that does not have sponsorship attached behind a paywall that can only be accessed by our Patreon supporters. Just $1 per month will unlock this content. But I never intended to charge the readers for our content, and I hope we don’t have to continue. If you are part of a local business that is interested in sponsoring our coverage of any team or sport, the rates are reasonable, ranging from $100 to $1,000 per team and from $500 to $5,000 per sport, depending on the popularity and number of local teams competing. You can find our full rate sheet (work in progress) here.
These sponsorships not only give you a chance to market your business or organization to our loyal audience of local sports fans, but they also keep the content free for all readers, allowing a wider audience to join us in celebrating our local teams and athletes.
If you value what we do, and what LowcoSports adds to the community, I encourage you to provide support in the form of a sponsorship or monthly pledge on Patreon. If you are not able to do so, please continue to spread the word about LowcoSports and share our content on social media. We want to give the Lowcountry the best sports coverage we possibly can for many years to come.
Thanks for your continued support!
Founder & President
Lowco Media LLC / LowcoSports.com