I’ve always agreed with Solomon when he said there is nothing new under the sun. It is so hard to come up with something creative, something new that no one else is doing. For the past couple of years, I’ve had a few folks ask us to do a tailgate at local schools. Church youth group tailgating has become an ‘in’ outreach event across the country. I really wasn’t for us doing a tailgate because 1) no money in the budget 2) other churches seem to be filling that need. Why copy them? 3) not sure the purpose of the event 4) afraid it would be more of a negative than a positive. Giving out free food when the school is selling it doesn’t seem like a way to build bridges b/t us and the school.
So when one of our leaders mentioned his Sunday School class wanted to support a tailgate, but give out something that went along with a theme night – that sounded unique enough to think about.
We priced t-shirts and rally towels. Both were way too expensive. We decided to only do a few rally towels for the game, but then I said let’s really research rally towels. I priced rally towels with 4 companies – all too expensive. Everything changed when I Googled ‘rally towels’ and found rallytowels.com.
Rallytowels.com only makes these towels. They make the towels for the NBA and MLB. Unbelievably cheaper than anybody else. We bought 500 PINK rally towels to go with Breast Cancer Awareness night at our local high school.
We handed out 500 towels in 40 minutes! We gave 50 of them to the team and almost every player wore it on their uniform at the game. The towels led to a lot of great conversations about who we were, where is the church, high school ministry, etc. You can see from the picture above that we put a lot of information on the towels. Not sure that I would put that much info on it again, but almost everyone was reading it when we handed the towel to them.
Overall, I think it was the best ‘get your name out in the community’ event that I’ve seen a church do. Very positive for our church and for those that served.
If you want to do this with your church and have questions, just ask them in the comments