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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 LitterFree Games takes those lessons from the classroom to the ball field.
The benefits of creating litter-free games are numerous.
Litter-free games give students an opportunity to learn valuable environmental lessons, leadership skills and management skills. We would like to see a student club or organization coordinate efforts for their school. This is a good opportunity for school clubs to participate in community service projects and earn money.
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.
How to Create Litter-Free Games
Have your school mascot compete in a trash toss competition before the game – maybe a coach, favorite
teacher or the principal will play along. Or a visitor from the stands.
• 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
• Have your game sponsors give out raffle items at the game to support the litter-free event.