Sponsorship cheat sheet. – Findlay Hats

"Hey Findlay Hats! I love your brand, will you sponsor me?"

One of the questions we get asked multiple times a day. To which we always reply, the same, auto-filled response. "Hey, thanks for reaching out! Please fill out a sponsorship form on our website under the "contact us" page. If our coordinator likes what she sees, he will reach out toyour directly. Thank you & have a great day!"

The only thing is, we rarely have time to ever go through those forms. Maybe once every 2-3 months we will take a day out and review the hundreds of requests. MAYBE. Of those hundred requests, we maybe find one person who stands out and may be a good fit for our team. 

Being a skilled athlete isn't enough anymore. You need to prove to your potential sponsor that you will be a good ambassador for the brand, and represent it in a positive light & contribute to its growth in your neck of the woods. 

We rarely review the sponsorship applications, but that does not mean that mean we aren't looking for new riders. That said, we are looking for people who actually put forth the effort to prove to us they would be a good fit with our small & growing company. 

The following is a quick write up explaining our brands stance & process for sponsoring new athletes. It may vary from brand to brand, but at least for us, this is the ultimate cheat sheet for getting sponsored by Findlay Hats. 

Remember, everyone is knocking on the front door, it is up to you to hop the fence, fight the guard dogs & get in through the back door. 

Basic requirements 

  • Skilled at your sport beyond a beginner level
  • Passionate, dedicated & driven to succeed & grow within your sport
  • Don't be a jerk

Pretty simple requirements right? Being the best at your sport doesn't mean we want to sponsor you automatically. Being a beginner is fine, we all have to start somewhere. But if that is the case, you should focus on progressing as an athlete before worrying about picking up a sponsor.

We want people who genuinely love and are dedicated to their craft. People who push the limits, people who continue to grow and challenge themselves. 

Lastly, no one wants a jerk on their sponsored athletes list. Representing a brand in a positive light while being a jerk is not possible.

Mutually beneficial situation

Even if you are a professional athlete, have a major audience and are one of the best in the world at your talent, a sponsorship must be a mutually beneficial for the rider & the company. If you are not one of those things, you must work even harder to actually contribute to your sponsors. It goes far beyond just wearing our hats and telling your friends.

Our brand is based on word of mouth & referrals, and we have thousands of people who do that already, and they aren't asking for anything in return. (We are grateful for the Findlay Force in that sense btw) 

So how do you make it a mutually beneficial situation? Simple. You give back to the brand, you show us that you what it takes to help out your potential sponsor.

Support the brand. 

You show your support, and buy a hat from us or one of our bad ass vendors. Our headwear is not expensive, and if you truly like our brand and want to ride for us, supporting us is the first step.

If you are unwilling to spend $25 on your potential sponsor, why would we want to invest many times that in you? If you love the brand like you say you do, this shouldn't be a big ask. This alone proves to us if you really do want to ride for us, or if you are just fishing for free gear. 

Create dope content with that hat. 

Okay, awesome you got the hat, thank you! But this next step is key. Now that you have it, show us what you can do with it. Get out there and create quality photos & videos of you rocking that hat. Quality over quantity here is important.

We want to see you at your best, rocking Findlay. We want to see that if we were to send you a care package of hats, you wouldn't just take them and disappear. We want to confirm that you are able to provide your sponsors with marketing material. We want to see that you will actually wear our hats.

While we may not see every sponsorship email, we do 100% view every single photo with the #findlayforce & #findlayhats hashtag. (Note: if there is not a Findlay Hat in your photo, tagging us in your photo is generally frowned upon, and a good way to get blacklisted :/ ) 

The majority of our current riders were discovered this way. They create great photos on social media, tagged us and we reached out to them directly as they had already proven to us that they are capable of independently handling content creation. 

We would rather sponsor a decent rider, who makes entertaining, quality content over a fantastic rider who never posts anything or creates worthwhile content.

Content is king. We need photos & videos to share every single day, and if you prove to us that you are capable of doing that, you already got your foot in the door. 

Spread the word. 


Rocking Findlay & creating great content are important. Showing us you have an audience, that listens to you and has your back is also important. Tag us in your photos, share our posts with your friends, tell your local shop about us, send people to our website and have them say they found out about us through you if they buy a hat. 

A little bit goes a long way here, and again, this is something we notice. 

Go above & beyond. 

I'll leave this one open to interpretation. But doing something special will create a memorable & positive experience is a good maneuver.

Persistent, not annoying. 

Did you just win your local contest while rocking Findlay? Awesome tag us in your photo or send a link to the photo gallery via email. Did you just learn a new trick? Awesome tag us in your photo.

We want you to stay in touch, and we want to see your progression as a rider and potential to represent us doing something you love. What we don't want is to be constantly bombarded with emails asking when you will hear back if we will sponsor you. We don't want to be tagged in 20 photos a day, all with the same trick. Keep your interactions simple, high quality and show us the best of what you got.

A quick email to sponsorship@findlayhats.com once a month with a quick update about what you accomplished, 2-3 of your best photos or a video clip is fine, but anything past that is too much. 

 What to expect. 

If you are not a professional athlete or have a gigantic audience, there is a slim chance of getting paid for what you do. We don't have the budget to pay you to ride....yet. Our sponsored athletes typically get a care package every 1-3 months, including some selected gear from the site, including limited edition, custom & un-released gear. They get the opportunity to design their own custom caps as well, and great pricing on collab hats, so they can then sell the caps directly on their end. Athletes also have the opportunity to design their own private line caps, earn commission on web sales and bonuses for getting us into new stores or collab deals. 

Remember how I said a sponsorship should be a mutually beneficial thing? That goes both ways, and far beyond just sending you gear in the mail or naming a hat after you. We want to help you. We want to get your name out there. We want to see your grow to be the best athlete you can be. We want to help in any way we can. We have many resources available to you, be it simply sharing your photo to our audience across social media, promoting your event or connecting you with people in your industry. 
If you are helping us, in any way shape or form, we want to be able to give back and help you. 

Now what?

So you just landed your Findlay (or any other companies sponsorship) now what? 

Good question. It is important to stay in touch with that person and keep them updated with monthly or bi-monthly updates. Generally, the sponsorship coordinator will have a set list of requirements or requests in order to maintain your sponsorship involvement. For us, we keep it extremely simple and have a get out of it what you put in mentality.

Keep creating content, keep spreading the word and keep looking for ways to give back. As this grows, so will what you get out of the sponsorship on our end. 


Hope you found this somewhat useful. We are a very small company that is passionate about who we are and what we sell. This is purely written to help inform potential athletes what we look for when it comes to sponsoring new riders. This guide is written entirely for our brand, and should be noted that different brands look for different things. 



Comment below, or email sponsorship@findlayhats.com. Here is a link to our sponsorship application.

Good luck out there.  



Adam Dostert:

Just wanted to say love everything about you guys . I promote hard work and good times .all about the friends,fam and laughs .gonna make a purchase here soon but just wanted to say stoke on you guys.i live in sedona Az and would love to spreed the love and showoff your gear. Music and skateboarding are my life .let me kbow whats good .wish you guys the best. STAY UP

Aug 09, 2020

Adam Dostert:

Just wanted to say love everything about you guys . I promote hard work and good times .all about the friends,fam and laughs .gonna make a purchase here soon but just wanted to say stoke on you guys.i live in sedona Az and would love to spreed the love and showoff your gear. Music and skateboarding are my life .let me kbow whats good .wish you guys the best. STAY UP

Sep 16, 2019

Jimmy butler:

I think I would be candidate because I wear hats all the time and I tell my friends to get them and wear them to a constantly post videos of me climbing and I’m always wearing a hat and what I can do is tag you guys and tell people to look at your hats and get them

Nov 12, 2018

Nathan Johnson:

It seems like you try to emphasize towards the skateboard community but I am not one of those people I am into the off-roading community. I live in Utah only a little ways away from Moab the off-road capitol of the world and I’d like to get a sponsorship to get my name out as an off-road enthusiast and having a name brand as Findlay connected to my name would help me out a ton. I don’t want free products just a discount. I’d love to get decals of your brand for my truck which I will be posting about a lot here in the future. I am in the process of making it into a rock crawler and need all the help I can get. I just recently bought a hat and have warn it every day since. I love it. It is the best quality hat I have warn. Thank you for taking the time to read through this application.

Nov 12, 2018

Nora Guerra:

Loved your ad on Instagram. My son ropes! I think your hat would really work for him! He does not wear a western hat but always wear this style of hat! I was just wondering if you had a design that would transition into his sport. I think it would work out perfect for him. On occasion his hat does fly off.
I just loved this hat. Amazing work @findlayhats.

Thank you

Nora Guerra

Nov 12, 2018

Dominic Ray:

Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove Minnesota will be throwing out end of the year “The End is Gnar” rail jam on March 11th and we’d love to have you as a sponsor. For sponsorship we are looking for apparel, stickers, gift cards, or whatever else you’d be willing to offer. Elm would feature you on all of our social media posts pertaining to the event as well as give you shout outs during the event. We give out prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for each of our 5 divisions so 15 different prizes packs. As a minimum we ask for just 5 pieces of merch like hats, shirts, hoodies, etc. We also invite you to come out to the hill with your own merch to show off with a tent and banner or whatever else though you won’t be able to sell your own merch on the hill.

Let me know if you’d like to team up with Elm Creek!


Nov 12, 2018

Isaac Gregory Versaevel:

Hello, my name is Isaac, I am trying to start a non profit towing organization in memory of Courtney Schaefer; a very loved and appreciated tow truck driver and father who was killed in the line of duty thanks to the RCMP not shutting down the road in time, and also due to a lack of concern for first responders. I would like to wear your hats and bump caps and put some advertising on my truck. Please email me back as soon as possible. I will be Driving from Gerald, Sask to Phoenix, AZ to try to raise money for the family. My goals are to buy back my old truck I had to sell due to the inability to maintain it, and to help out in the community.

Nov 12, 2018

Austin :

Hi my name is Austin Pruitt Paterson and you guy have amazing hats and I would love to ride for you company and shot you out when I go to the skatepark I ride a scooter and I have one hand if you want to see a few videos my instagram is @austin_pruitt_paterson

Nov 12, 2018

Austin :

Hi my name is Austin Pruitt Paterson and you guy have amazing hats and I would love to ride for you company and shot you out when I go to the skatepark I ride a scooter and I have one hand if you want to see a few videos my instagram is @austin_pruitt_paterson

Nov 12, 2018

Rudy Portillo:

Hey i appriciate the advice and i will purchase another findlay hat tomorrow! I love the design of your hats their always badass!!
I will prove to you guys that i am a down rider for findlay! Appriciate your time thanks guys?

Nov 12, 2018

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