Make Some Noise with Thundersticks

 
Thunder Sticks

Thundersticks

I recently attended a football game at one of our local area schools and although there were moments that the crowd was excited, it was very short lived. Overall, the crowd was subdued and very quiet. Then looking around, I noticed that there were very few spirit items. I did see a few megaphones filled with popcorn that were sold at the concession stand, but nothing else. The other thing I noticed was how hard the metal bleachers were and yet the booster club was not selling stadium seat cushions.

Without school spirit items, the crowd is less likely to scream and yell for extended periods of time. It’s almost as if the fans come out of their shell when hiding behind pom poms or thundersticks. Stadium noisemakers is what that school needed to really get the crowd involved. Thundersticks are some of the most popular noise makers of modern-day football. Additionally, they are great for fundraising because there is a huge imprint area to advertise sponsors who have donated money to buy the thundersticks. Then, the items can be sold for $2-$3 per pair. After the sticks are inflated, you simply bang them together to produce a loud noise. When you get a stadium filled with hundreds of thundersticks, it can get very loud. Stadium horns are also a popular noisemaker for the stadium and are also another great spirit item for fundraising.

Football Shaped Stadium Seat Cushions

The biggest fundraiser of all for spirit items, though, is the stadium seat cushion. You can print up 16-20 different sponsor names and logos on one side of the stadium seat cushions and the school mascot and name on the other side, after charging each business a set amount of money for the sponsorship. Overall, the budget should work out so the school pays nothing for the seat cushions, but then turns around and sells the cushions for $5-$10 each making 100% profit. I can promise you that after sitting on those cold, hard, and sometimes wet bleachers for one game, $10 for a stadium seat cushions sounds like a bargain.

Be sure your school is equipped with plenty of options for school spirit items for not only fundraising, but also to keep the crowd happy and comfortable.

Booster Club Fundraising Using Mini Footballs

 

Mini footballs with custom logoEvery year over the past decade, when counties and states are balancing their budget and looking for cuts, it seems they like to go to the school system for the first round of budget cuts. Each school always first cuts their sports program budgets. Because of these stringent budget cuts over the past few years, many football programs are on a shoestring budget. That is why fundraising is vital for any booster club or football team.

A great way for school booster clubs to raise funds is by using mini footballs. Here is how simple it is to get sponsorship money:

  1. Decide which mini football you want to use. Choose from either the plastic mini football or the vinyl mini football.
  2. Work out the cost of the mini footballs. Make sure you factor in any setup charges and shipping charges and get a total price for a lot of 100, 250, and 500 footballs.
  3. Decide on how much you want to make off of each sponsorship. Don’t be greedy, but include enough profit from the sale so you can grow your booster club funds. For example, if 100 mini footballs cost $1.50 each, $0 setup (at Perfect Imprints), and $30.00 shipping, your total would be $180. You could sell this sponsorship for $250, which is not much money for most businesses. Then each business could get their business logo printed on the mini footballs.
  4. Assign each team player the task of getting at least one business sponsorship. If you have 60 players and each one sells just 1 sponsorship, that is a total profit of $4200. That amount of money can go a long way with most football teams.
  5. After you order the mini footballs, receive them, and your first football game arrives, you can have your team cheerleaders throw the footballs into the crowd after your team scores or makes a great play. Depending on the total amount of footballs ordered, you just designate the quantity of footballs to be thrown out at each game so no game is left without footballs.

Football fans love catching mini footballs as much as baseball fans love catching a home run ball or foul ball. The funds being raised are to benefit your team, so get the whole team involved to make the fundraiser bigger and easier. Working as a team will help ensure your next fundraiser to be more successful.

Syracuse Still Number 1 in College Basketball

 
Thundersticks

Thundersticks

Syracuse is holding their #1 spot for the 5th week in a row with Kentucky right on their heels. But the question is, “Can they hold on to the top spot?” Well, according to their schedule they should easily be able to win their games over the next few weeks since their schedule is so weak. Kentucky, on the other hand, has a bit tougher schedule coming up, so if Kentucky wins their next few games too, will it be enough merit topping Syracuse in the polls? We shall see soon.

I’ve seen plenty of fans from the games on television banging thundersticks and waving pom poms. It reminds me of my college days when I use to attend all of the home basketball games at Mississippi State University. Fun times. There were spirit items galore, mostly being sold as fundraisers for the team.

So, if you get to attend college basketball games, count your blessing and enjoy the games. And be sure to proudly wave your spirit items and promote your favorite team. College basketball season goes by quickly.

Free Sporting Event Tickets For Soldiers

 
Seats4Soldiers T-Shirt

Seats4Soldiers T-Shirt

Here is a picture of a custom t-shirt we did for a client, but more importantly, I wanted to share her new non-profit organization that she started and hopefully solicit some donations for it. The organization is called Seats4Soldiers and their mission is to boost the moral of deployed soldiers and their families. They provide seats (tickets) upon their safe return home from deployment to sporting and entertainment events.

Our military protects and serves our great country and this is a great way that we can give back and say “Thank You.” If you have tickets you would like to donate or if you would like to donate money to the cause, please visit their website, Seats4Soldiers.org. You can securely donate online and 100% of their donations go toward purchasing tickets for our soldiers.

Please help to support this great organization and help to reward our soldiers who so bravely defend our nation. Here’s a link to a recent video from our local news: http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_vid_19689.shtml

Increasing Church Offerings With Offering Buckets

 
Church Offering Buckets

Custom Printed Church Offering Buckets

Collecting tithes and offerings is critical for any church to sustain itself and continue to offer and expand their ministries. During slow economic times, many churches struggle just as many businesses struggle. However, churches need to maintain a steady stream of offering to continue to survive.

There are many different ways that you can read about on increasing the offerings for churches, regardless of size. I’m going to mention a simple and inexpensive way that will keep on working every Sunday. Use a bigger offering plate. As a matter of fact, don’t even use offering plates, use offering buckets. The larger sized bucket will make people think there is not much money in the bucket and they will feel obligated to pick up the slack and give more.

In addition, offering buckets are better suited for contemporary style worship services which are definitely the most rapid growing services in America. There’s no better way to attract young people into church these days than to have a rocking praise and worship band prepping the hearts of the congregation to hear the message from the pastor. You can have your church logo or cool, contemporary design printed on the offering buckets and the buckets come in many different colors such as White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, Silver, Cream, pearl gold, green, and orange.

Just as branding is important for a business, it is equally important for a church. After all, churches have more “competitors” than most businesses would ever have. It’s important to market your church and the ministries your church offers to as many people in the local community as possible. In the end, it all boils down to the simple fact that, the more money your church brings in with offering; the more ministry your church can do both locally and abroad.

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15 Ideas for Personalized Mini Basketballs

 

Well, we are well into basketball season with most conference play just about to begin and it’s definitely time to be thinking about getting your custom mini basketballs for your team. Mini basketballs customized with your team name and mascot are great to throw out during the game to engage the crowd and keep them alive and rowdy during the lull points of the game. Besides the cheerleaders throwing the balls into the crowd, here are 15 ideas on how to use your personalized mini basketballs:

  1. Get Business Sponsors To Pay For The Balls - The business can put their logo and phone number on one side of the ball and your team can put your team mascot and team name on the other side. Free basketballs for your team. That deal is hard to pass up.
  2. Autograph Signings – Have signature basketballs available for sale after the game and let kids come by and get autographs from the players.
  3. End of the Year Player Gifts – Mini basketballs with the team mascot and season year printed on the balls make great keepsakes for the players.
  4. Gifts For Season Ticket Holders – Reward those who purchase season tickets with a custom mini basketball.
  5. Throw Them At Your Brother(s) - Great for your kids and kids of your team fans to throw around and hit their brother (or sister). If they are the vinyl mini basketballs, you don’t have to worry about them hurting anyone since they are soft.
  6. Throw Them At Your Kids – Are your kids not listening to you? Just beam them in the head with a vinyl mini basketball. That will get their attention. :)
  7. Dodge Ball – The vinyl mini basketballs are great for dodge ball. They are small and they throw well.
  8. Fetch With Dog – Play fetch with your dog.
  9. Hoop Contest Promotion – Have a contest at your business. If the customer makes so many baskets using the mini basketball and the mini basketball hoop, give them a prize, such as a mini basketball printed with your business logo on it.
  10. Office Basketball Game – Every now and then, give your workers a little break and relieve some stress and have a little friendly basketball competition. The most successful baskets out of 10 wins a gift card.
  11. Fundraiser For Booster Club – See the imprinted mini basketballs at your booster club store to raise money for the team.
  12. Give Away With Purchase – During March Madness, giveaway a mini basketall personalized with your business logo on it with every purchase of $25 or more.
  13. Banquet Centerpieces – Use the custom mini basketballs as part of a centerpiece decoration for sports banquets.
  14. Facebook Contest Give Aways – Have daily Facebook contests to keep your fans engaged and active on your page and give away a custom mini basketball each day to the winner.
  15. Carnival Game – At your next Church or school Fall Festival, have a booth with a mini basketball and a hoop and give away a printed mini basketball for the winners.
There are many more ways to use mini basketballs to help market your business and generate team spirit for your basketball team, so go ahead and do something creative. Good luck to your team this year!