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A great pep assembly not only gets students out of their classes – it gets them fired up for the big game! Here are just a few ways to guarantee that your pep rally will be a huge success.

  • Free Stuff. Crowds love giveaways! Candy, pennants, glow necklaces, Spirit StixLanyards, Water Bottles, and other fun Spiritline items make great prizes and giveaways. Try this, divide the crowd into sections, listen to which section has the loudest lungs, and hand out buckets of small sweets to the section with the most spirit! Another idea, have everyone drop their name in a bucket on the way in. During the pep rally, pick out three names for great prizes - like game tickets, school shirts, or megaphones.

  •  Chubby Bunny. All you need is marshmallows and several willing victims…uh, contestants. Make sure some of them are football players! Each contestant stuffs a marshmallow in his/her mouth and says "Chubby Bunny" (you could have them say something else - like "Go Panthers!"). They repeat this until only one person is left who can actually say the slogan with all the marshmallows in his/her mouth!

  • Royal Teachers. Give the teachers a chance to be crowned! Let all the students vote for their favorite male and female teachers (you could use this as a fundraiser as well!), tally the votes, and crown the winners at the pep rally. Provide funny crowns and scepters for lots of laughs!

  • Dancing Dudes. A few weeks before the rally, pick a fun group of guys from each class and teach them an easy dance routine. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "Poker Face" by Lady GaGa, "The Cha Cha Slide" by DJ Casper or "The Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid are a few great picks for this dance! Encourage the guys to dress up and watch--the crowd will go wild!

  • Cover Guys. Call out the seniors of each of your schools activities, organizations and sports and separate them into ladies vs. gents (make sure the number is even). The gentleman should sit on chairs while the women are blindfolded. The object of the game is for the women to put makeup on the men, without looking! Assign a teacher to help one couple. The crowd then votes on the winner! (The brighter the makeup the better!)

  • Audience Art. Select teams of four people from the audience. Give each team a box of materials (crepe streamer, balloons, permanent markers, stickers, cardboard, etc.) and five minutes to create the best spirit display. The crowd response selects the winning team, whose members get a small reward like an imprinted cow bell or hand fan.

  • Wrap Your Rival. Choose teams of three people from the audience. One member of each team represents the rival school. The other two team members are given rolls of crepe streamer in your school colors. Hold a contest to see which team completely wraps the "rival school" team member from head to toe the fastest. Be sure to reward the winning team with a bouquet of imprinted spirit balloons!

  • Scavenger Hunt. If your pep rally is held on the football field, here's a fun, alternative use for balloon weights. Scatter two packages of balloon weights over the football field. Select five people from the crowd, and make it a race to see who can gather up the most balloon weights in an allotted time. If you have more than one prize to give away, mark one of the balloon weights with permanent marker. The holder of that balloon weight gets an additional prize!

  • Dancing in the Dark. Lights off for the half-time show! Once total darkness settles in, pump up the crowd with a fast-paced dance heightened by several of our neon glow items.

  • Glow for It. Get the fans in on the glow action with our glow necklaces!

  • Spell It Out. Giant letter balloons are a great way to get our message across. Have even more fun by filling them with confetti. As players run by the balloons when their names are announced, each player pops their balloon to release the fun surprise!

  • Pennies for Prizes. Use our glass boot mug for a penny-pitch. Select students from the crowd, and give each participant five pennies to throw. The winner with the most pennies in the glass receives a school bandanna, dog tags, or lanyard.

  • Kiss and Tell. Have each player sit in a chair and tell them that they will be blindfolded, and an anonymous cheerleader will kiss them on the cheek. (Their mission is to guess which cheerleader kissed them.) After they are blindfolded, quietly bring out each of their mothers and have them give their sons a peck. The crowd will love it, even if the players don't.

  • Rally the Crowd. A good pep rally prepares the fans for the big game. This is the perfect time to teach new crowd cheers, make game announcements, and explain your game plan.

  • Pie a la Coach. Every crowd loves a pie in the face (of someone else)! One way to do it: give a coach or teacher a bunch of balloons. Each one will have a note inside - telling him to do something goofy (sing a song, do jumping jacks, etc). As he pops the balloons, he has to do whatever they say. Make sure that the last one is a huge whipped cream pie - thrown right in his face!

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