These drills help students engage with each other, their athletic department, and their school, city and state to positively impact their community and their future.

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.

Register and VOTE

Are you registered to vote? Do you know when the next election you can vote in is happening? Do you know your polling place and how to vote once you get there? ALLINtoVote.org is a free one-stop shop that provides college students with tools to pledge to vote, register to vote, confirm voter registration, determine how and where to vote, and in general and midterm elections help individuals understand what is on the ballot. Register to vote and learn more here.

What’s on the Ballot?

Curious about what’s on the ballot or the local candidates running in your area? Check out My Vote Project or Ballotpedia to see when there’s a vote happening in your community. Find out who is running in your elections and what they stand for. The League of Women Voters also provides non-partisan, statewide election information. Bring it up in your team to find out how to engage with candidates or causes you care about.

If you have 30 minutes to 2 hours...

We’re Building Teammates

Launch an Instagram campaign with your team, athletic department, or campus. 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 and #BuildingTeammates. Consider turning into a cross-team competition!

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.

Explore Advocacy Campaigns

Explore the When We All Vote advocacy campaigns which take on issues related to voter rights and strengthening our democracy. Check out the issues outlined and discuss with your team if there is something you could do to get involved.

If you have 2 or more hours...

Poll Heroes

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.


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!

This guide is a start, not an end. We want to hear from you!

Make some “civic” noise! Share your story and activities via social media #AllVoteNoPlay or send us your good work and we’ll promote it for you!