Before the big game, friends and family often wish the players luck on the football field. The really superstitious might give the football player a memento as a token of luck for the big game. The memento is usually something that has a personal connection to the player, to football or to success.
Many football players look to their fathers or grandfathers for inspiration. Give your son a piece of uniform you used to wear; he can put it in his locker for inspiration while he is getting dressed. Ideas include an old letterman's jacket, football helmet, football jersey or football pin. After he is done playing, he can keep the memento to pass along to his son.
Decorating the Bus
Cheerleaders or a team spirit group often decorate the travel bus with streamers and decorative art. Sayings such as "Go Team," "Beat 'Em," or "Fight, Fight Fight" are all examples. Decorate the bus using the school colours. Just be sure not to hang anything off the bus that can come off and cause damage to another vehicle travelling behind.
Sometimes cheerleaders or spirit committees put together goody bags for the football players to wish them luck. These goody bags can contain homemade cakes and cookies, trail mix, protein bars and beverages such as Gatorade. You can decorate the outside of each goody bag with each player's name, number and a good luck message. Finish the goody bag by tying a piece of ribbon around it in school colours.
Decorate the Locker
If playing a home game, the cheerleaders or local spirit group can decorate the locker for each player. Obtain permission from the athletic director or football coach ahead of time. Several hours before the game, decorate each player's locker with streamers, posters and pictures of inspiration. Try to make each locker personal to the player. For instance, if you know that a player loves the New York Giants, hanging a picture of the Giants quarterback might provide a sense of inspiration.
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