Football Season and New School Year

August is well-known for many things, such as extreme heat, the beginning of a new school year, and my favorite, football season!

College football and high school football both start in August. The football season brings a level of excitement from fans all over the country that can’t be reproduced in any other American sport. American football is our equivalent to soccer in other countries.

The sport of football draws the largest crowds of any sport in the U.S. and this hard-hitting sport brings in millions of dollars for universities and high schools all over the country. A large part of the money from college and high school football is brought in by school spirit items. This swag with the team mascot and team name are great keepsakes for fans of all ages. Additionally, these spirit items are largely responsible for team fundraising, particularly for high school football teams.

Popular Spirit Items for High School Football Teams

Foam Fingers

Foam Fingers

Over-sized foam hands and foam fingers are great for fans to waive around as they cheer on their team. These come in many different shapes in addition to the #1 foam fingers, such as many different hand symbols, paw shapes to match your mascot, mascot shapes, and many other unique shapes.

Chances are, no matter what shape you want, we have it already as a stock shape. However, if it turns out that we don’t have the shape you want, we can make custom shaped foam hands. Just give us a call to discuss your specifications!

Stadium Seat Cushions

Stadium Seat Cushions

Football stadiums are not known for comfort and that’s why stadium seat cushions were invented. Who wants to sit on a hard, metal or wooden bleacher seat, especially if the bench is cold or wet? We certainly don’t.

Stadium cushions are a traditional fundraising spirit item that has a huge imprint area so you can get plenty of sponsorship sales to cover the cost of the cushions and raise money for your team. Choose from vinyl covered foam cushions, fabric-covered cushions, and even cushions in the shape of footballs, helmets, and team mascots. Choose from various cushion thicknesses based on your budget. Of course, the thicker the cushion, the more comfortable the cushion will be!

Thundersticks

Thundersticks Stadium Noise Makers

These incredibly popular spirit items can create a booming noise by the fans using them in the stands. Thundersticks are simply inflated sticks that are banged together to make a loud noise while cheering. They are roughly two feet long, so there is plenty of space to print your team and mascot logo on each stick.

Like the stadium cushions, these are also great to get local business sponsors to help defray some of the cost of this team swag. You can choose from domestically printed thundersticks or go with a super saver 9 week production option to save money. Other options include thundersticks with LED lights in them as well as pom pom ends, metallic material, and full color printing.

Mini Footballs

Mini Footballs Some of popular game day spirit items that you see at nearly any football game are promotional mini footballs. Not only do you see kids throwing these around the stadium before and during the game, but if you notice, you will see many adults also tossing these balls around.

Mini footballs come in several common styles. Plastic, soft vinyl, and foam are the most popular types, with plastic and vinyl being the most common due to a lower price point. These footballs are commonly thrown into the crowd by the cheerleaders during timeouts, halftime, and even after big plays. These spirit items are a staple of most football teams!

Pom Poms

Promotional Pom Poms

Promotional pom poms are one of the oldest school spirit items around. These are still a fan favorite and these poms are budget friendly to either give out in mass or sell for your school booster club.

There are several types of poms to choose from such as the traditional long stick handle, or other options such as the split ring handle, solid handle, Klicker (noise maker) handle, and even mascot shaped handles. Also, you can choose up to four different streamer colors and your desired streamer count of 500, 750, or 1000. The streamer colors come in nearly every school color in the country.

Megaphones

Plastic Cheerleading Megaphones

One sure thing that will happen at football stadium is yelling and every football fanatic wants to yell louder than their opponent. Plastic megaphones are perfect to achieve this goal of obnoxious yelling.

Megaphones can not only be sold in your booster club store, but also in your concession stand. Just buy the optional popcorn cap and sell the megaphone filled with popcorn. Then after they eat their snack, they can use the megaphone for yelling louder.

Stadium Cups

Stadium Cups

If you have a concession stand, stadium cups are a must. Sure, you can use disposable cups to service drinks to the fans; however, many of these throw away cups find their way in the bleachers and require more work cleaning.

By using plastic stadium cups, you are giving the fans a take home souvenir that is printed with your team name and mascot. You can print the schedule for the entire season on the cups to promote future games. Additionally, you can get local business sponsors and print their logo on the opposite side. By getting sponsors for the cups, your booster club gets the cups for free and you save the expense of buying disposable cups.

School spirit items are necessary items to promote your team and and to raise money for your sports. The items above only represent the most popular items and don’t offer all possibilities. There are many other unique and fun spirit items that you can use for fundraising, increasing fan awareness, and promoting team spirit. If you have questions about what items might be best for your team, feel free to call one of our spirit items experts at 1-800-773-9472.

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Patrick Black
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Patrick Black, MAS, is the founder of Perfectimprints.com and has been in the promotional products industry helping businesses and organizations since 1999. When not geeking out over the newest and greatest promotional items, you can find him paddleboarding at the beach or hanging out by the pool with his wife, three kids, and his basset hound in Fort Walton Beach, FL.