When writing fan letters to professional athletes requesting autographs or just to acknowledge how much you adore watching them play, you are going to need an address where to mail these letters. Among other possibilities, these are your best options for contacting your favorite professional athlete.
Sending a letter to the stadium care of the team is the most popular and least invasive way to contact an athlete. Team addresses are not private and players get many letters on a daily basis. This is beneficial because you know the address is correct and unless the player specifically asks for mail not to go to them, it will reach their locker.
There is never any guarantee that you will get a response in any mail you send out, but a correctly constructed letter with all of the necessary steps make this your best option.
Another less invasive place to send mail is to a team’s practice or training facility. These addresses are also known to the public and often welcome fan mail. Be careful though, in some cases players do not return to these facilities after the preseason, such as the spring training stadiums for baseball.
Be sure to always send out requests to these places early in the season. Unlike the home stadium, players may not return for months and by then your mail will be at the bottom of a towering pile.
Writing a letter to a player’s home address is perfectly acceptable even if it may appear a little strange. Many places do have lists you can pay for, specifically for retired players who no longer have a stadium to receive mail at.
Home addresses do change often though and your success rate might be lower for several reasons. For instance some athletes may find this as an invasion of privacy. Others may just be frustrated to see your letter arrive with a hefty car bill right below it. Don’t let this stop you. Just be prepared for a few ‘return to sender’ envelopes to arrive back in your mailbox with a poor unfortunate wasted stamp.
Almost every professional athlete has an agent and these agents have access to the players. This is not a recommended way of getting in touch as the mail has to be passed from one busy person to another so save this as a last resort.
Charities on the other hand are a very good choice to send your letter. Before doing this though, check to make sure a donation to the charity is not needed in order to sign. Or better yet, include one anyway. Many Hall of Famers accept as little as $5 for their foundations for an autograph which is quite reasonable.