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Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG bands originally popularized the silicone wristband as a way to raise money for cancer. Although the popularity of the LIVESTRONG cancer bracelets have since faded, use of wristbands among sports teams and organizations have remained a great way to create awareness, build team unity, or remember personal messages.

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Here are some ways sports teams and clubs have used wristbands:

* Remember a fallen teammate

For examples of how teams used wristbands after tragedy to honor and memorialize fallen teammates, click here and here.

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* Show support for a cause or build awareness

A team unified not only in uniform but in awareness bracelets makes a bold statement and uses the notoriety that comes from sports for a great cause. For an example of how the Utah State University football team raised awareness for Hurricane Katrina victims, click here.

* Fundraise

Selling wristbands can be a great way to raise money for your team — to cover travel expenses, go towards equipment costs, or support a team member who can’t afford to play. Here is one example of how a sled hockey Paralympian used wristbands to fund training. Relay teams also used wristbands to raise money for an upcoming race.

* Personal reminder

Whether it’s a reminder of different plays, a personal reminder of family, goals, etc, or a subtle message of encouragement, a message at one’s wrist keeps focus on what’s important when playing the game.

* Build school or team spirit and unity

Wristbands are a great way for teams, schools, families, local residents, and fans to build solidarity and show support. Ohio Northern University used wristbands to intimidate the other team, motivate players and ultimately beat their opponent.

“The wristbands played a major role in our win,” said the head coach.

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* Support someone

If a teammate, fan, family member, coach, friend or school administrator is going through a challenge or difficult time, wristbands can be a great means of support and way to show love and appreciation, on the field or off.

For example, when an elementary school student was diagnosed with cancer, her soccer teammates began wearing “Strong as Steele” cancer bracelets on their ankles whenever they played. The wristbands were also distributed to the community.

* Tournaments and competitions

Wristbands can be a great way to commemorate competition or tournament participants, or demonstrate support for competing factions, teams or countries, even in competitions as big as the World Cup or the upcoming Olympics.

* Celebrate successes

Wristbands can be used to reward team players and supporters with a long-lasting, wearable reminder of their hard work.

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For more ideas of how to use wristbands in sports, check here. Or read the following recommendations from Reminderband wristband customers:

“This was my 2nd year ordering bracelets for my son’s college roller hockey team and I had put off ordering a little too long (the delivery date was for the middle of their national tournament). I spoke with one of your customer service reps who told me that he’d try to push my order to gain a day. I am pleased to say that my order came almost 2 weeks early! Thank you so much!!”

“I am a swimmer and I purchased Reminderband wristbands at a swim meet. I really like it. It’s PINK! It reminds me how much I love to swim.”

“What a fantastic tribute to a beautiful girl! The Norsettes Dance Team want to thank Reminderband for helping keep Sarah’s memory and love for dance alive!”

Amanda from Wabash, IN

“I recently purchased Reminderband wristbands for our Junior Hockey Team Vancouver Giants. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of ordering and how fast I received shipment.The fans we sell these to at games LOVE them! I would highly recommend Reminderband wristbands to everyone and I will definitely be ordering more in the future. Great job! Thank you.”

John from Vancouver, BC
“I have purchased Reminderbands for two different events: a literacy Scrabble tournament and a girls’ youth basketball fundraiser. I am very pleased with both the quality and price point. They are an easy fundraiser item and I would definitely purchase and recommend to others.”

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As senior high school classes are beginning to wrap up their last remaining weeks before graduation, juniors are beginning to gear up for future fundraising efforts over the summer and fall months. These funds often help support school activities, sporting events, dances and event outings.

Instead of trying the same tried and boring fundraising ideas, the class of 2014 should consider taking a unique approach to fundraising, including:

  • Low-End Events – Instead of having gourmet-style dinners, consider embracing the last food truck trends. These corn dog booths, taco stands and donut trucks are less expensive, provide more interaction and ultimately attract a wider audience and crowd, drawing a more community-style event.
  • Reverse Raffles – Instead of offering an expensive car or gift that was painstaking donated by a community member, reverse raffles afford everyone in attendance the ability to receive a raffle ticket – free of charge! What is the catch? Instead of winning an awesome prize, the recipient receives a gag gift – much like a White Elephant party. For example, the winner has to dance with the team’s mascot, wear a band uniform and march with the band or simply dance with a group of clowns. At the end of the evening, guests can “sell” their tickets back for donations. After all, who wouldn’t gladly sell their tickets back to save a little fun-filled embarrassment?
  • Direct Action – Instead of simply asking people to donate money, ask people to donate to a direct cause. For example, the football team needs new sporting equipment, the school is seeking donations to purchase supplies for needy children, etc.
  • Work – Instead of simply asking for donations, asking people to donate work is a great way to involve the community in school spirit, volunteerism and fundraising.
  • Certified Mailings – Consider mailing out donation requests to alumni members, as this is a direct route to people who completed the school system, have good memories of the community and want to sponsor the latest graduating class.

Reminderband offers the latest styles and varieties of silicone bracelets, which are perfect “gifts” for people who are offering donations to local schools. These fundraiser bracelets can be personalized and offer custom bracelets for individual schools and/or graduating classes.

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When the Oilers were down two games in the series against San Jose, a nine-year-old cancer survivor sent the team an inspirational message.On the morning before Game 3, Elexis Ortlieb, a Grade 4 student at Rio Terrace elementary school, delivered 52 blue rubber bracelets, imprinted with the words “Keep Believing,” to the Oilers.”They were a bit down in the dumps,” said Elexis, who designed the bracelets two years ago while battling leukemia.She was watching an interview after the second loss when an Oilers player said the team just needed to keep believing. She thought it was a sign.

“We just thought that was perfect,” said her mother, Ellen Ortlieb. Elexis didn’t know if the bracelets would get to the players in time for the game, but she wasn’t worried.

“We walked out of there thinking ‘They’re fine, they’re going to win,’ ” said Ellen.

That night the Oilers triumphed over the Sharks in triple overtime and went on to win the next three games, taking the series.

“I felt really, really good,” Elexis said with a big smile.

Today the four-foot-four student, with freckles on her cheeks and curly brown hair tucked under an Oilers cap, is healthy enough to run around the family’s Leduc County property with her Jack Russell terrier, Taz.

But just over a year ago she was too sick to go to school or play with friends.

Elexis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was three.

After years of treatment she was declared cancer-free in March 2003. But by Christmas Eve of the same year she relapsed. The following February she contracted a fungal infection, beginning another long struggle in the hospital.

“Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused and to have hope,” Ellen said. “She never gave up hope. She kept believing that she was going to get through that.”

And a year later, Elexis beat her disease. Medical staff at the Stollery Children’s Hospital found an experimental drug which cured the infection, and in December 2004 she received a bone marrow stem-cell transplant. “What a gift for someone to give to a person,” Ellen said.

From her experience with cancer, Elexis was inspired to help others.

While she was fighting her second bout of leukemia she had the idea for the bracelet. She decided on blue because it was a colour close to God and angels, and chose the message “believe.”

That day she received a letter from a hospital playroom worker who signed off with “Keep believing.” Again, to Elexis, it was a sign.

Since then Elexis has raised more than $2,500 through sales of her bracelet, with proceeds going to the Kids with Cancer Society in Edmonton.

She also inspired her school to collect donations by holding a walkathon. And her family hosts a horse show, Jump With Hope, for Kids with Cancer at their equestrian centre, Amberlea Meadows.

“She’s just a wonderful example of spirit and the never-give-up philosophy,” said Michael Kasserra, Elexis’s teacher.

Elexis hopes some of that spirit will help the Oilers beat the Anaheim Ducks and reach the Stanley Cup finals.

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