About Us

What Makes Accel Sports Fundraising a leader in their industry?

By combining two industries, financial planning and fundraising into one cohesive plan, Accel Sports Fundraising is Accelerating the industry to the next level. Focusing on our client's needs and goals as a group first and building a financial plan around that has created many success stories. Once a client's goals are identified we move on to creating a gameplan for success. Our hands-on approach to fundraising has allowed many groups to stay focused on their goals while we figure out how to raise the money they need to achieve those goals.

What makes Accel Sports Fundraising such a great choice for fundraising is our defined process known as the 6 Steps to Success:

In short, your program will run smoothly, quickly and with your goals met for this season and many more years to come.

ALL of this service is FREE!

The benefit of working with Accel Sports Fundraising isn't just the great products... it is the personal touch that Accelerates Your Success!

How is Accel Sports Fundraising the home of the $10,000 fundraiser?

Currently our success has reached the level where an average Accel Sports Fundraiser lasts less than 2 weeks time and raises over $10,000. That equates to over $100 profit per participant and many programs are averaging over $200 per participant. By following our customized fundraising solutions our clients are experiencing success that is 2 to 3 times more profitable than the average in the industry.

Meet the Accel Sports Team

John Rudick, Fundraising Coach and Founder

John Rudick, Founder of ACCEL Sports Fundraising, has been a Sales and Service Professional since 1991. His background is in Small Business, Marketing & Psychology, which is a perfect blend for building a successful sales organization focused on people’s needs. John has led many companies to success and has created some great organizations along the way. In 2002, after building Pinnacle Technology Solutions, the largest recruiting firm in the Capital District, it was time for John to step forward and bring his sports background into play by creating Accel Sports Fundraising. With three locally owned businesses in the family (Pediatrics and Veterinarian) he was brought up to always give back to your family, friends and community. Accel Sports Fundraising provides numerous opportunities for John to give back and promote Youth throughout the various communities he partners with. John’s wife, Heather Willig, is a successful designer with 20+ years in the fashion, design and Real Estate industries. Her attention to detail and creative mind has really helped John to be creative. She has also taught him to not settle for less than the best on everything we create, build and promote with others. Combined, John & Heather have built 3 amazing businesses (Accel Sports Fundraising, Real Estate, LetsGetawayRental.com) all focused on striving for the best we can all be.

Matthew Sprissler, Fundraising Coach - Capital District, NY

Matthew Sprissler Joined Accel Sports in 2010. A graduate of Saint Michael's College he enjoyed working at The Country Club in Brookline, outside of Boston as the purchasing manager for many years. He was part of the team that provided food services for the 1999 Ryder Cup matches that were held at The Country Club. In 2001 he moved to the Capital District and married Meghan O'Toole, both having graduated from Saint Mike's. They have settled in Malta with their two daughters, Mary Grace and Mallory that attend the Ballston Spa School district. After moving to New York, Matt enrolled and received his Master's degree from The College of Saint Rose and was a high school business teacher in the Argyle and Schalmont school districts. Deep school budget cuts led Matt into high school fundraising with Accel Sports. He feels that there is a vital need for fundraising for teams and groups as it affords a great number of students and student athletes opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them.

Jeremy Friel, Fundraising Coach - Capital District and Hudson Valley, NY

Jeremy Friel joined the Accel Sports team in 2014. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he was a three year letter winner for the men's basketball program. He previously held the positions of director of basketball operations and assistant men's basketball coach, for nine years, at the University at Albany from 2005-2014. During his time at UAlbany, he enjoyed great success winning four conference championships and four trips to March Madness. Jeremy lives in Albany, NY with his wife Shelley, their daughter Riley and son Gerry. Jeremy is a very positive spirit with a passion for success at everything he attempts. Sports fundraising is a natural extension of this passion and allows Jeremy the chance to work with multiple teams and help them be successful.

Matt Henry, Fundraising Coach - Northern NJ and Rockland County, NY

Matt Henry joined the Accel Sports team in 2018. His background in sports is tremendous and brings his intimate knowledge and experience of working with teams to the Accel Sports Team.  He is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he played basketball for one season and football four seasons. After college Matt was personal training and coaching basketball while pursuing a career in the NFL. In 2011 he played one season as the punter in the UFL for head coach Marty Schottenheimer and the Virginia Destroyers. Matt recently worked as an Account Manager for an IT staffing firm in Jersey City however his true passion for sports and coaching brought him to Accel Sports. He currently lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with his wife Alisha and their son Colton.