Drills related to civic power and influence that support positive change
Power Play Drills
I Stand For...
If you have 5 to 30 minutes...
Attitude of Gratitude
Showing care and appreciation is one of the best ways to strengthen your community. Get a pack of thank you notes. Write one hand-written note thanking someone for all they do for you. This could be someone you care about or someone you don’t really know (e.g., faculty or dining hall, administrative, or janitorial staff). Consider making it a challenge to turn this into a habit.
Use Your Voice
Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr used his platform, microphone and influence to speak passionately about gun control during a press conference just before game 4 of the NBA Playoffs following a mass shooting on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. What do you want to put your voice behind? How will you use your influence to make a difference?
Ask if your team can do an Instagram takeover for your Athletic Department. On a portable whiteboard or piece of paper, write the prompt, “I'm showing up for #AllVoteNoPlay because...” Have payers fill in the blank, then take a picture and post it on team, athletic department, or personal Instagram accounts using the hashtags #AllVoteNoPlay. Consider turning into a cross-team competition!
I Stand For...
We become what we believe. Our partners at Civic Season remind us that our everyday actions shape our communities and our country. Together with the Globe Collection & Press and Show of Hands design team they've created this iconic customizable poster that can be personalized and shared. Ask your team to do it to prompt conversation, or post, tagging #CivicSeason and #AllVoteNoPlay
Campus Civic Connections
We're Citizening by...
Citizening isn't just about voting or becoming politically active, it's about how you show up every day for yourself, your teammates, and others. Citizening shows up in the micro-moments, not just the big events. Are you flexing civic character that shows care and concern for others, are you building civic culture by modeling positive contribution? Take some time with your team to discuss: How are we "citizening"?
If you have 30 minutes to 2 hours...
Game Matrix of Policy
Want to vote for candidates who believe what you believe? It can be hard to parse out the difference between party and policy, what the issues are against your values, and how your ideas compare with us in a safe and unbiased way. ActiVote has created a game matrix that makes it easy to help you learn from and with your teammates about what's on the ballot and why it matters.
Map Your Power
You’re more powerful than you think! Citizen University wants to bring more power to the athletes! They’ve outlined three strategies that every student athlete can use to ensure Election Day is a day for civics and citizenship. 1) Get literate in power 2) Map where power flows 3) Refine your argument to move to action.
Amplify Your Voice
Amplifier Art is a nonprofit, nonpartisan design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our time. Ask your team to look at their free gallery to find a poster or movement that speaks to them personally, and give them space to explain why to their teammates. Consider amplifying that art through individual or a team-based action.
If you have 2 or more hours...
Have players sign up to work the local polls. Poll workers get paid for their time and it's a great way to gain an appreciation for what it takes to ensure that everyone can exercise their fundamental right to vote. Find the poll worker application in your county here.
Help Your Younger You
Visit a school on #AllVoteNoPlay day. It could be one you already have a relationship with or a new school. Help your athletes work with the school administrators and teachers to figure out the best way to leverage their civic influence and impact on the students.
NIL For Good
Brainstorm and plan how your team can use the new NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness possibilities for good. Individuals might have their own ideas based on their personal branding, and you should encourage that. But there are also more team-oriented opportunities (e.g., sponsoring a game day for foster kids or seeing if donors would support a player-run sports camp for underprivileged youth). Then execute your plan!