Create a sports basket:
cooler and ask each player to donate one or two sports items
costing approximately $10 - $15. Include sports balls,
sports drinks, power bars, tickets to sporting events, sports
books, magazines or videos. Have each player write a
simple "thank you" message to the coach and attach it to one of
their items. Place all of the items into the cooler.
This will be a present that the coach will love and that will be
used for many years
a designated amount of money from each player. Purchase
wrapping paper, a large bow and ribbon in your team colors.
Find a nice size cardboard box (like a handbag box). Create
paper uniform shirts, and balls/bats/gloves that are 4 to 5 inches
in size. You can find this on internet images. Personalize the
shirts by gluing players names and team logos on to each.
Punch a hole in each paper item and attach a curly ribbon to it.
Attach one bill to each paper item. Punch a hole through the
top of the cardboard box and attach all ribbons to the lid.
Cover the box and lid separate with team colored wrapping paper.
Place the bow on the top. The object is for the ribbon,
money and paper items to hang when the coach lifts the lid off pof
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Italian Dinner Basket:
Create a basket that will allow the coach to go home that night or
the next night and have a complete dinner ready for them.
Include, sauce and pasta -- ask for a parent to volunteer to them
make homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs. Add ingredients
for salad (packaged lettuce, cucumbers, croutons, Italian salad
dressing, olives). Include a loaf of Italian bread and
dessert. Remember dessert should keep with the Italian theme.
You must include a bottle of wine to finish off the dinner nicely.
Car Wash Kit
Decorate a bucket using permanent markers or non-washable
paint and let dry.
Fill a bucket with car wax, car wash, wheel cleaner, ice scraper,
air freshener, upholstery cleaner.
large, bright colored basket. Fill it with salsa, tortilla chips, CD of
salsa music, margarita glasses, margarita mix and Tequila.
Thank you Bags:
Create a thank you phrase such as "THANK YOU
COACH SMITH" or "THANKS
SO MUCH COACH" or "THANKS FOR A GREAT YEAR COACH"
that has the number of letters to match the number of kids in class.
Purchase colored bags to match the number of letters. Place
one (large) letter from the phrase on each bag. Give each child on
the team one of the bags to take home and fill with items starting
with the letter on the bag. For instance a bag with a S could
include a soccer ball, socks, screwdriver, scissors, shin guard
etc... ( whatever the kids think of) etc. On the chosen day line the bags to spell
out the phrase.
Create a night at the
Start with a plastic popcorn bowl and customize
it using permanent markers or puffy paint. Then fill the bowl
with microwave popcorn, large candy bars, and a gift certificate to
the local video rental store or movie theatre.
Ice Cream Lovers
Ice cream scoop, nuts, hot fudge, caramel, M&M's, ice cream cones,
maraschino cherries, gift card for local ice cream parlor.
Fill a basket
with snacks, DVDs, board games, playing cards, movie tickets, and
restaurant gift cards.
.Get a golf bag cooler and
fill with water bottles, golf balls, tees, visor or cap, towel, club
covers, golf shirt, golf book or magazines.
Use a football helmet and fill with snacks, dips, team memorabilia,
beer mugs, game tickets, sports calendar, sports books or magazines.