Tier 1 : “Donation/Contribution” – a person or organization contributes a funds to the cause or activity. Essentially this is a one way transaction with perhaps a small thank you note going back to the sponsor.
Tier 2 : “Shop Sponsorship” – A local store or company would provide the athlete with free or discounted gear/equipment.
Tier 3 : “Amateur Sponsorship” – Free or discounted equipment/gear and also some financial compensation for travel expenses or competition fees..
Tier 4 : “Professional Sponsorship” – Equipment, expenses covered and a paycheck..