Win or lose, the home team is always left to pick up the pieces after high school sporting events. Used cups, dirty napkins, and greasy food containers litter the stands and concession area — litter that someone has to clean up. The key to achieving PalmettoPride’s goal of a litter-free South Carolina is to prevent people from littering in the first place. South Carolina schools have committed to this goal through educational efforts teaching students about the impact of litter on our environment, economy and safety.
PalmettoPride's Litter-Free Games takes those lessons from the classroom to the ball field. This is a great opportunity for school clubs to participate in community service projects while earning earn cash for their club or organization. Litter-Free Games will cut down on the time it takes custodial staff and groundskeepers to clean up after fans have left. It creates an inviting environment for friends, families and visitors to your school sporting events.
Participation will cost you nothing, and you’ll get respect and good publicity from everyone in your community. PalmettoPride will provide all the supplies you will need. You provide student leadership and enthusiasm.
How to Host Your Own Litter-Free Game at Your Clubs/Organizations
1. Choose one home game to designate as Litter-Free. Get permission from your school to host a litter-free game. Fill out this application and send it to PalmettoPride.
2. Publicize the Litter-Free game around the school, in your newsletters, on your school’s website and social media. Use hashtag #LitterFreeGames.
3. Post signs around your school and at the entrances to your stadium or football field.
4. Determine which volunteers with a larger trash bag should walk down the aisle during the event. Remind people to throw their trash away at the end of the game.
5. Make sure that trash cans are readily available, visible and not overflowing.
6. Secure support from the announcer to announce throughout the game that this is a Litter-Free event. Ask them to challenge the crowd to keep it litter-free. Have the announcer say, “This is a litter-free event. Please help us keep it clean.”
7. Thank everyone for participating in your litter-free event!
* *A teacher or school representative must complete the affidavit confirming that the club or group fulfilled their obligations to this project in order to receive the challenge award.
Helpful Hints • Have your school mascot compete in a trash toss competition before the game. • Have the cheerleaders make up a special anti-litter cheer. • Introduce the custodial staff and announce that because of the litter-free event, they have been given the night off. • Have your game sponsors give out raffle items at the game to support the litter-free event.