10 Idea-Starters for July 4th
Large Or Small, Every Region Can Join In
Have a registration table at your community festival or picnic.
Young families will be out in abundance - let them register right on the spot! Encourage parents to volunteer.
March in your town's Independence Day parade.
A few AYSO kids in uniform carrying your Region's banner and tossing candy into the crowd is fun and memorable. Ideal for RAP Platinum winners - show off your Platinum banner!
Hold a fundraiser.
How about including an activity at your community's July 4 event, such as pay $1 to kick the soccer ball at a target with a hole in it. Have donated prizes for 'winners'! Have a kid version with bigger holes and an adult version with smaller holes.
Negotiate with your Picture Day photographer to set up a photo booth and charge for each photo.
Pass out registration flyers.
Pass out registration flyers or postcards. (Have adults in AYSO t-shirts roaming the crowd offering flyers or postcards with registration information. Kids in uniform are great too, but be sure they are accompanied by a parent or otherwise are Safe Haven-appropriate.)
Host a SoccerFest.
Invite all the kids in the community - not just AYSO! Promote in your local newspaper.
Host a FunFest.
Less formal than a SoccerFest, but lots of fun for both AYSO and non-AYSO kids.
Host an AYSO clinic.
Set up a short clinic event at the community activity and invite all kids to attend.
What have other youth or service organizations done successfully at your community events? Learn from them and make it your own!
Create a charitable event.
Collect gently used soccer shoes and shinguards for kids in need. Send a press release to your local newspaper, radio and TV encouraging families from all soccer organizations to donate and bring their items by. Include a registration opportunity or distribute AYSO information at the collection location.