Now that Labor Day has passed, we know that summer is coming to a close! Which can only mean one thing: the 2017 Relay For Life season is upon us!
In just a few short days all of the BRAND NEW event websites will be live. As a best practice, we encourage every campus to host a Fall Kickoff to market their Relay For Life event to the entire campus. Kickoffs could include hosting a “Relay Rally” in which students on your campus come out to see what a day-of Relay experience is like, promoting Relay through tabling with games and activities as well as computers for anyone interested in signing up, or even having an ice cream social where your committee has the opportunity to talk about Relay and why others should join! There are truly endless opportunities, but the central message of a Kickoff should be to jump-start Relay on your campus, and showcase what an incredible event you are. This is your chance to make a powerful first impression on your study body that can set the tone for your Relay year.
Kickoffs are a great way to start every semester by reminding them that Relay For Life is the largest worldwide movement to end cancer, and by joining they will be a part of helping the American Cancer Society SAVE MORE LIVES! Take a look at these videos for more inspiration on how to bring a kickoff event to your school with speakers, informational booths, and more:
Virginia Tech Kickoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KiHqC3W5gE
Relay For Life of Turkey Kickoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HCqKIbbPZU
Whether you decide to host a large or small kickoff, be creative and have fun with it! There are several ideas on our latest Best Practice Guide HERE. As always, you can also utilize our Campus Relay For Life & CAC Facebook page to ask any questions or seek ideas from other schools across the nation.