The world of COVID-19 is certainly challenging, so we're calling on creativity. We believe there are unique ways to create a Dig Pink experience with your volleyball team, even if a volleyball match is not involved.
By implementing a minimum of one or two elements from each of the Impact Playbook building blocks (Community Connection, Education, Athlete Engagement, and Fundraising) you can build an impactful experience. Remember to follow CDC Guidelines as well as local & state orders when planning your campaign.
Most people have played Ding-Dong Ditch at some point as children. It's a simple prank where you ring a neighbor's doorbell and sprint away before the occupants come to the door.
We've thought of a great way to put a POSITIVE spin on this mischievous game to spread some happiness to your neighborhood(s) and bring awareness to The Side-Out Foundation's mission at the same time!
Needs for the Event
- Small Gift Bags (pink if possible)
- Copies of a letter from you or the team
- Treats individually wrapped, such as cookies, candy or other small trinkets
- Pink decorations such as ribbon, tissue paper or crinkle paper
In your letter for the bags, explain:
- Who you or your team is
- The reason you have dropped off the gift
- About the Side-Out Foundation, it's mission to support the stage IV breast cancer community, and provide them with The Side-Out Foundation's URL: side-out.org.
- Why this cause is important to you or your team
Work together to build gift bags with the letter, treats, and decor for all of your neighbors, even those you may not know well. The more bags, the larger the impact! Strive for 50+ bags to create a really fun experience!
Once you have all of the bags ready, work as a team to drop the bags at doors around your neighborhood(s), ring the bell, and run away! This is a terrific way to bring awareness to the great work your volleyball team is doing and The Side-Out Foundation!
- A great way to raise money is to provide the link to your fundraising page on the letter or on a piece of paper in the gift bag, tell them your fundraising goal, and ask them to support your campaign. When provided with this small gift, many people would love to contribute!
- Mention your fundraising goal and let them know that the funds are used to support stage IV breast cancer research that is extending lives.
- Start a team store and share your store URL in your letter so others can join in on the experience!
- Provide some information about stage IV breast cancer, the struggles that those with stage IV face, and resources where people can learn more.
- Share The Side-Out Story link within the bags so that your neighbors can learn about the research Side-Out is funding with the support of the volleyball community!
Athlete Engagement Tips
- Split the entire volleyball program up into pairs and deliver to different neighborhoods to furthur your reach! The more houses that the student-athletes visit, the more successful this campaign will be. The potential is in your hands!
This is just a basic outline for you to follow and help get you started. Feel free to build upon it and make it even more unique!