Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but it’s not without controversy. The physical nature of the sport calls to question the safety of it’s players, especially youth and injuries resulting in concussions. Initiatives like USA Football’s Heads Up Football program have made huge strides in improving the game and now Pop Warner is taking a pretty big stand as well.
Beginning with the 2016 season, Pop Warner’s three youngest divisions, players ranging from five to 10 years old, will not have kickoffs during their games. Instead, the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line to start each half and after each score. Why is this such an important move? Because even though kickoffs only represent 6% of all plays in a game, they account for more than 23% of concussions, according to a review by the Ivy League. Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, adds, “We’re making the game safer and, ultimately, better for the young people who love football.”
And to that, we at SpiritCups Fundraising say “thank you” and we’re so proud to work alongside both Pop Warner and USA Football as you change the game for future generations.
Read the full USA Today Op-Ed.
Barb, a mom of boys and SpiritCup Fundraising fan from years of running the program for a travel baseball organization, shared this amazing story with us on Facebook and we just had to pass it along!
“I was nervously leaving the house on my first day of school this year with my arms full of everything, including my morning coffee. As I loaded my van, I sat my SpiritTravelCup on top of the side door. Of course I forgot it there as I left for school. When I turned the corner, I heard a ‘thunk’ and couldn’t figure out what it was. I stopped at the light and then saw the edge of my SpiritTravelCup in my mirror. So I headed through the light and pulled over to grab the cup. When I finally got it, it had been caught by the groove of my van door and it never spilled a drop!! I use that cup every day and was going to be upset if I had broken it or lost it. I was so excited to find it still full of coffee!! Just wanted you to know that I LOVE my SpiritTravelCup!!”
Barb – Thank you so much for sharing and your loyalty to SpiritCups Fundraising!
It’s a little over a month until the start of the cheer, dance and gymnastics competition season, meaning you’re probably well on your way with preparations. But just in case, use these guides below to confirm you’re on track.
With a budget for travel, costumes and competition fees, run a quick fundraiser to help offset costs. Excite your community about supporting you with SpiritCups in America’s favorite college and NFL teams! Perfect timing with football season!
Review score sheets from last season’s competitions to make sure you’re making improvements where necessary – especially important if you’re returning to the same competitions so you don’t make the same exact mistakes twice!
Once you feel strongly about your routines, it’s time to practice until everything is sharp and flawless. If there are areas that remain shaky, consider cutting them. And don’t forget to work on general team building so you appear as a force to be reckoned with – on and off the mat.
And if you haven’t started raising funds yet, click here or call 888-825-9339 to get in touch with SpiritCups Fundraising.
There are only a couple days remaining in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In addition to an incredible show of athleticism, we feel these games have provided some really important life lessons to talk about with your family.
- Compete Clean – If Katie Ledecky isn’t proof of this concept, we don’t know who is – with hard work, you can win fair and square. And the best athletes don’t need, nor do they want to use any performance enhancing drugs or other dishonest measures to advance in their sport.
- Family is Family – With media discussions about Simone Biles’ adopted parents and other athletes’ family dynamics, let’s take a moment to remember that families are not one-size-fits-all. And the most important things are love and support, without which none of the Olympics athletes would be where they are today.
- Be a Good Sport – Cordial and even cocky (*ahem* Michael Phelps) competition is healthy, especially in highly competitive sports. But at the end of the race or game, regardless of whether you won or lost, you should give your opponent(s) a handshake or hug, look them in the eyes and say “nice job”. Because attitude is everything.
Huge congrats to Team USA on your successes thus far – you have truly made us proud in more ways than one!
Everywhere you look it’s all about “Back to School”. But for most families, this time of year is about so much more. It’s actually about getting back to business, which can be a big adjustment for everyone. And ready or not, here it comes!
- Reestablishing a Routine – Getting everyone out the door on time and to bed at night is no small feat. Especially after months of a more laid back summer schedule. And for younger kids, the attentiveness required for a full day of school can be really tough in the beginning. TIPS: Make sure everyone gets to bed early, preferably already showered for the day ahead, with lunches packed and clothes laid out. Plan for nutritious, but super easy, dinners for the first few weeks, so the family has plenty of time for homework and some fun, quality time.
- Budgeting for Supplies and Wardrobe – Between purchasing all the supplies requested by the school, wardrobes to fit your growing children and maybe a cool “must-have” item or two to ring in the new year, late summer/early fall can be really tough on the wallet. TIPS: Space out your wardrobe purchases by settling on a few “Indian Summer” items to get them through the early fall and scoop up the warmer clothes later. Or consider getting some gently used items on consignment. And definitely focus on staples like tennis shoes, jeans, shirts for layering, etc. vs. novelty items that won’t get as much wear.
- Facing Changes and New Challenges – With a new school year, comes a new grade level and maybe even a new school, which means change and new challenges both in your children’s development and in the curriculum they’ll be covering. Exciting for some and incredibly overwhelming for others. TIPS: Use this “new beginning” as an opportunity to look into the physical and mental development you might expect in the months ahead, such as growing pains and changes in attitude. And be sure to get to know the teachers, school officials and any new policies or procedures so you can help your kids stay on track.
In addition to the tips above, one of the best things you can do during the “back to school” period of adjustment is focus on the FUN – learning new things, connecting with new and old friends and enjoying the fall including football season with the family!
A time of patriotism and recognizing the hard work and dedication of our country’s greatest athletes, the Rio Olympic Games beginning August 5, 2016 is something to celebrate with the whole family! Help get everyone in the spirit with these fun DIY snacks and crafts…
SOURCE: Lawn Stars | Tape Rings | Olympic Cupcakes | Torches | Non-Alcoholic Ring Drinks
All fundraising programs are not created equal and only one offers the power and mass appeal of NFL, MLB, NHL® and top college teams. In addition to the biggest licenses in sports, SpiritCups Fundraising offers the following other features making it a truly one-of-a-kind program.
- Exclusive 3D animation – your supporters’ favorite team logos and colors in 3D designs they can only get from SpiritCups Fundraising!
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- Made in the USA – what better fundraiser to support local organizations than one that also supports American jobs!
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When fundraising in the summer, it’s all about finding creative and impactful ways to engage your community. Here’s just a few of our favorites submitted by SpiritCups Fundraising fans just like you!
- Twist on a Lemonade Stand – instead of selling lemonade, set-up a free, chilled lemonade stand in your neighborhood or somewhere like a park with the SpiritCups Fundraising catalog and sample SpiritCups on display.
- Construct a Football “Fan Stand”– picking the most popular college or professional football team in your community, pool items from all your participants to create a pre-season “fan stand” in a high foot traffic area. Think a tent, everything team colors, jerseys and other gear, memorabilia and, of course, sample SpiritCups and the catalog to purchase their own pack!
- Create a Social Media Campaign – use social media to promote your fundraiser and encourage your fans to share your posts by adding a fun spin like, “if we get 50 shares or retweets the football team has to practice in pink tutus on Monday” and have players provide their own pictorial “preview” with a link to their SpiritCupsDirect fundraising e-store.
Dynamic Drinkware, LLC is pleased to announce that it has acquired select assets of Brax, Ltd., a long-time provider of officially licensed molded lenticular cups in the fundraising industry. This new venture, to be named Spirit Cups, LLC, will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Drinkware.
Established in 2006, Dynamic Drinkware is a full service provider of high quality souvenir drinkware, including patented in-mold lenticular cups. “This new business will complement our existing concession and retail markets, and we look forward to establishing new relationships in the fundraising industry”, said Barry Johnson, President of Dynamic Drinkware. “We also plan to engage Brax’s current manufacturer, Capitol Cups, to supply the lenticular fundraising products.”
About Dynamic Drinkware, LLC
Dynamic is a full-service manufacturer of in-mold label cups and buckets. The company handles all aspects of cup development, including planning and art creation through its in-house design studio; production within its own facilities; and shipping direct to customer venues. Dynamic Drinkware holds the Safe-Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification and distributes its products throughout the world to an expanding range of markets, including sport and entertainment.
For additional information about Dynamic Drinkware, visit: www.dynamicdrinkware.com
Lenticular cups are a patented product: www.dynamicdrinkware.com/patents
To learn more about lenticular cups, visit: www.3Dcups.com