Competition Ready in 1-2-3

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.

  • Raise Funds to Cover Costs
    • 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!
  • Learn from Last 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!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    • 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.

Life Lessons Learned from Rio

Life-Lessons-Learned-from-Rio-SocialThere 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!

Back to Business

Back-To-School-SocialEverywhere 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!

So You Think You Can Fundraise

So-You-Think-You-Can-FundraiseAll 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!
  • Durable, dishwasher-safe and BPA free plastic – quality non-disposable and non-edible fundraising product you can feel good about selling your community!
  • Made in the USA – what better fundraiser to support local organizations than one that also supports American jobs!

Click here or call 888-825-9339 to request more information!

Get Creative with Cups Fundraising this Summer

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.

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Dynamic Drinkware acquires BRAX assets, to be named Spirit Cups™

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.logo

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