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.
Here are some ways sports teams and clubs have used wristbands:
* Remember a fallen teammate
* 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.
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.
* 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.
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