Success Stories to Inspire…

“To make a difference” or to have a significant effect on a person or situation is a really important mantra for BRAX Fundraising. A company founded by two former youth coaches and parents, we know first-hand the sacrifices volunteers make to help their local sports teams and schools. And so it’s with appreciation for all that you do that we strive every day to help make a difference. Below are just two examples of the many groups we’ve been honored to help…

OsceolaOsceola Elementary School – “Thank you to BRAX for an outstanding fundraiser that everyone can get excited about! It sure makes the whole fundraising experience easier – we sold almost 4,000 sets of cups! Wow. Yahoo. As proud as I am of the kids, it is actually the parents’ responses to the fundraiser that warms my heart. You can’t imagine how wonderful it is when parents, teachers and recipients of the cups tell me how much they love them! The customer service combined with a great product makes the BRAX Fundraising program really shine!” – Valerie Johnston

HurricanesThe Hopewell Hurricanes Wow – what a wonderful fundraiser! I had purchased a pack of SpiritCups about a year ago and when the cups arrived I thought to myself, ‘I wish I would have ordered more,’ so when our all-star baseball team needed to raise some funds, I jumped all over BRAX Fundraising. I was a little worried with how successful it would be with only 12 boys, but the cups sold themselves! In just two weeks we were able to net $1,800 dollars. What a success and what a wonderful, organized company to work with. The Hopewell Hurricanes thank you and look forward to running another fundraiser in the future!” – Rebecca Blizzard

Five Lesser-Known Benefits of Team Sports

sports-teamIt’s common knowledge that playing sports is great for physical activity, self-esteem and teamwork, but have you ever thought about some of these lesser-known benefits? Just a few more reasons to encourage them to get in the game…

  1. Stronger Sense of Morality – all sports have rules and with a lot of emphasis on winning, breaking those rules or cheating can be tempting at times. Facing these challenges on the field or court helps to solidify the distinction between right and wrong, which is then applied to every day life.
  2. Greater Connection with School – Whether they’re playing for a school team or not, sports teach discipline, time management and other skills that help an athlete be successful in scholastics.
  3. Stress Relief – Childhood into adolescent and teen years can be a tough time, but the daily physical activity required by playing sports and the camaraderie with team members are both great outlets for any stress and aggression.
  4. Overcoming Adversity and Problem-Solving – Nursing an injury, conflict with a teammate or coach, poor sportsmanship from an opposing team, dealing with a loss, raising funds to cover travel and other costs – playing team sports encourages good problem-solving and recovery skills for any situation.


Give the Gift of Kindness

Give_the_Gift_of_KindessPerfect strangers, elderly neighbors and families less fortunate – help spread cheer this holiday season with acts of kindness. And remember to get your children involved so they too can experience the gift of giving and helping others.

  • Volunteer time at a local organization like an animal shelter
  • Fill out a comment card or provide a testimonial recognizing an individual for their hard work
  • Send a special note to a former teacher or other influencer in your life telling them how much they mean to you
  • Leave gifts or “thank you” notes for your mail and garbage service workers
  • Offer to do chores like shoveling snow, running errands or carrying groceries for an elderly neighbor
  • Visit with nursing home residents who don’t have family or friends nearby
  • Leave a generous tip and “Happy Holidays” note
  • Deliver “dinner” baskets containing everything you need to make a meal to families less fortunate
  • Find a family stocking up on groceries for the holidays and pay for their bill
  • Assemble “blessings” bags with basic toiletry items and things like socks and gloves and hand them out to the needy


New Fundraising Plays for 2016

New_Fundraising_Plays_2016Whether you’ve run the BRAX Fundraising program before or you’re new to the experience, you’re going to want to hear about these exciting updates for the 2016 fundraising season.

  • Over 480 fan-favorite designs including all MLB, NFL, over 100 top colleges teams and the U.S. Military plus…
  • New NHL designs!
  • Prices points for every budget – $10 single SpiritTravelCup, $18 4-pack of SpiritCups or 2-pack of SpiritTravelCups and $30 Fan Packs
  • – easy, profitable online fundraising using just email and social media. Orders are shipped directly to your supporters no matter where they live!
  • No hassle, mail-in order entry
  • Individual pre-pack and free shipping opportunities!

So what are you waiting for? Click here to request info and a free sample SpiritCup.

Save the Sweets and Junk Food

SavetheSweetsandJunkFood-BlogSweets and other junk food have a place, but it’s not on school lunch trays or part of school fundraisers. Because parents need all the support we can get to teach our kids healthy eating habits!

A great alternative to food-based fundraising is our SpiritCups and SpiritTravelCups in America’s favorite NFL, MLB, NHL® and top college teams, as well as all five branches of the U.S. Military. Available for as low as $10 and as much as $30 for the die-hard fan, these cool, ultra durable cups are the holiday gift that keeps on giving!

Make the healthy switch to BRAX Fundraising…

Tricks and Treats for Halloween Fun

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start celebrating Halloween and we have some fun and creative ways to get the whole family in the spirit.


The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning and your house is feeling cozier than ever. Help set a festive Halloween mood with these cute home decoration ideas.


(Monster Doors | Floating Witch Hats | Cheesecloth Ghosts | Trash Can Spider Webs)


For many families, it’s not Halloween until you’ve carved a jack-o-lantern. But if you’re up for a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin, check out these creative alternatives!


(Black Cat-o-LanternsMelted Crayon PumpkinPineapple Pumpkin| Chalkboard TypographyDrilled Designs | Skeleton Face Pumpkin)


Whether you’re hosting a party, providing snacks for your child’s classroom or just want something fun to stick in their lunchbox, these Halloween treats are sure to delight!


(Mummy Dogs | Jack-o-Lantern Cheeseburgers | Monster DonutsMini Caramel ApplesCandy Corn Rice KrispiesPumpkin Pretzels)

For more fun and festive ideas, be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

Test Your Knowledge of Hockey

You’re a hockey fan, so you say. Let’s put your knowledge to the test with this short quiz on hockey trivia.

1)  What is fastest slap shot ever recorded?
a. 98
b. 110
c. 118
d. 134

2)  How many women’s names are engraved on the Stanley Cup?
a. 0
b. 8
c. 12
d. 15

3) True or False – If both NHL goalies are injured, the team can chose a fan to sub in.
a. True
b. False

4)  What’s the name of the current “Keeper of the Cup”?
a. Philip Pritchard
b. Walt Neubrand
c. Bill Wellman
d. Colin Campbell

5) What is the most points ever scored by single player during a game?
a. 7
b. 9
c. 10
d. 12


The Who and Why Behind the NFL’s A Crucial Catch

Not many people know this, but the NFL’s involvement with breast cancer awareness began in 1999 when a group of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sisters approached the Washington Redskins about handing out handmade pink ribbons to fans. Joined by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskin’s owner, Daniel Snyder, their mission was simply one ribbon at a time and one fan at a time. And every season thereafter, more and more teams got involved until the league adopted the cause in 2008, which was around the same time that Tanya Snyder herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early and Snyder has since emerged as the national spokeswoman for the NFL’s A Crucial Catch campaign.


Williams with mom, Sandra Kay Hill

And the Pittsburgh Steelers running back, DeAngelo Williams, is said to have been the original proponent for wearing pink cleats during October games, something he initiated in 2009 with the Carolina Panthers to honor his mother, Sandra Kay Hill, and four aunts who all lost their lives to breast cancer. In his article, “Wear Pink for My Mom, Who Lived to Love”, Williams tells his story and encourages year-round support for the cause, as well as personally reminding our loved ones about the importance of breast cancer screenings. In addition to pink football gear, he sports pink tinged hair in honor of his loved ones. He also plans to pay for mammograms for 53 women – one for each year of his mom’s life – in and around the Charlotte, NC area.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother, Carol, to breast cancer in 2003, has launched the Crucial Catch Challenge where he pledges $1,000 for every catch in October, as well as $10,000 for every touchdown he scores and Cardinals win, and urges his fans to pledge too. Championed by breast cancer survivor, Susie Spanos, wife of San Diego Chargers owner, Dean Spanos, in 2013 the Chargers became the first team to offer a mobile mammogram campaign and have since helped diagnose 51 women and 1 man with the disease. And the list of NFL players, coaches and other staff touched in some way by breast cancer goes on…

So when you see pink gear worn during NFL games this month, don’t just think about the money being raised at auction of those items, think about the “who” and “why” behind the NFL’s A Crucial Catch campaign – the moms, grandmas, wives, aunts and sisters who have bravely battled the disease – and the loved ones who honor them on the field.

Fundraising for a Cause

It’s October, a time when communities nationwide “think pink” and rally to raise awareness about breast cancer, a disease that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop in their lifetime. Sadly, over 40,000 women are estimated to die from breast cancer in 2015, but every year the death rate decreases as a result of treatment advances, early detection and increased awareness.

As advocates of this cause and long-time friends of the NFL, we proudly offer a special line of NFL Pink SpiritCups in support of the A Crucial Catch campaign, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the NFL focusing on the importance of annual breast cancer screenings, especially in underserved communities. Because simply put, early detection saves lives.

Available in our traditional Catalog and Case programs, as well as online through our new e-store,, NFL Pink SpiritCups are available in all 32 teams with a percentage of every sale going back to support A Crucial Catch.


To help raise awareness for the A Crucial Catch campaign, throughout the month of October NFL players, coaches and referees will wear pink game apparel and stadiums will feature pink signage. And then much of this pink gear will be sold at NFL Auction with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE), a program that provides breast cancer outreach, education and low or no cost screenings to underserved communities nationwide.

See below for links to learn more about A Crucial Catch, as well as some other helpful info: