My cousin and her husband help to organize a local track and field team for kids, and one day she invited me to an early spring practice. The team is for ages five through high school, but I knew that her younger son liked to start tagging along with the team the previous summer, and so I asked if my two-year-old could come along as well.
Sia loved it right away, and so I was allowed to bring her to practices and meets, as long as I was keeping an eye on her and she could continue to go along with the group, follow directions, participate in drills, and not be disruptive. Having already been in dance classes for eighteen months, she was prepared for waiting her turn, standing in line, and doing drills. She absolutely loved it, and so we began coming on a regular basis.
To contribute to fundraising efforts, and to show my appreciate for being able to include Sia at such a young age, I decided to offer team portraits, with all profits going right back to the team. We picked a practice day and I designed several package options, and for the first time ever, I offered photo merchandise such as mugs, dog tags, statuettes and more.
I am a firm believer in the importance of extracurricular activities for a child’s health, socialization and self-esteem. As an only child, group participation is so important for my child, and for any child learning discipline, perseverance and hard work is invaluable. For girls in particular, sports and other active endeavors can help promote positive self-body image by focusing on what the body can do, rather than how it looks.
Each kid got to do a variety of poses, and then we finished up with a nice team picture, and of course, a silly one too.
With the season winding down to a close, I did my best to get all the digital image files, prints, and merchandise delivered to everyone as quickly ad possible. Offering these kinds of packages was new to me, and there was definitely a learning curve there.
When all was said and done, I was able to raise $470 for Full Stride! I’d say it was a successful fundraising effort for sure. I am looking forward to next season when Sia will be a bit older. If you’d like more information about Full Stride, follow the link below.