These days, it’s important to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, especially when it comes to our children. We need to do everything we can to make nutrition and exercise exciting for kids in schools. If they learn good habits early on, they’ll be much more likely to make healthy choices as adults. One easy way to help kids along the path to fitness is through healthy and active school apparel fundraisers. Let’s take a closer look at what these fundraisers are all about.
What are some types of healthy or active school apparel fundraisers?
With all due respect to bake sales, there are healthier ways to raise money for a school club or sports team. Instead of selling donuts, promote a message of positive health by focusing on fresh foods or incorporating a physical activity right into your fundraiser. And, of course, you can easily utilize custom t-shirts or school pride clothing to raise some extra money! A few of our favorite ideas include:
Organize a jump rope competition with all sorts of different events! Use your school gym for an evening and hold contests to see how many jumps participants can do in a minute or in a half hour. You could even host an event for double-dutch! Plus, participants can don their school spirit wear (and you can sell the extras at the merchandise table). The money will benefit your cause and you’ll be promoting both a great workout and better heart health.
Teacher-Student Basketball Game
Give the students a chance to compete against their favorite teachers in a basketball tournament for charity. Students can sign up and will be paired with teachers based on experience. Spectators’ admission fees can serve as donations, but you can sell raffle tickets and healthy treats, as well. Students can show their spirit with school pride clothing and teachers can order custom spirit wear shirts for the game. Get everyone moving at half-time with a fun dance combination led by the cheerleading or dance team.
Healthy Restaurant Family Night
Organizations often team up with a chain restaurant for a family night, but you can take it one step further by pairing with a healthy eatery. Invite families and members of the community to eat at the restaurant on a certain night between certain hours. You could also bring the meal to your school by putting healthy meals from the restaurant in buffet trays and serving them in the cafeteria. Not only can this help support a local business, but you’ll be giving families an excuse to share a meal together — and a healthy one, at that!
Cycle For a Cause
Charity events that involve bicycling are becoming more popular than ever. In fact, 64% of millennials actually prefer to fundraise through walking, running, or cycling events! Your organization could host a bicycle race or tour for your cause during the spring, summer, or fall. It’s a great way to get entire families involved, and they’ll enjoy a great physical activity that raises a lot of money for a worthy cause. Typically, riders pay a registration fee and need to raise a certain amount of money to participate. You can also encourage families — or even an entire grade class — to order custom t-shirts or school pride clothing. Use your school as your starting or end point and devise a fun route for passengers to travel.
But are healthy and active spirit wear fundraisers profitable?
In a word, yes! Fundraisers that focus on selling candy, baked goods, or other unhealthy snacks may be popular, but they can also wreak havoc on students’ health. One study actually found that every food-related practice (like fundraisers) that promotes low-nutrition foods in school is associated with a 10% increase in students’ BMI rates! Active and healthy fundraisers are generally much more exciting and see substantial profits in the end.
How do I get started planning my healthy custom school apparel fundraiser?
At Inkd Apparel, we can design virtually any type of school pride clothing item you have in mind. Our custom screen printed t shirts for fundraising are very popular, but we also offer embroidery, laser etching, and much more. You can choose custom school hoodies, sweatshirts, or t shirts for fundraising, too. The sky’s the limit!