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Relay For Life Team Theme Ideas


Relay For Life Team Theme Ideas - Decorations, Themes, Names and More!

Welcome! If you've found this page, you've probably already signed up for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, gathered your friends and family to help raise money and walk, now you need a fun team theme! This article will provide you will ideas on possible Relay For Life team themes, names, decorations, games and more!

First, be sure check with your own local Relay For Life organizers to make sure there aren't any local rules or regulations on team names or themes. Each Relay is different and unique, so make yours fun and have a wonderful time!

Why I Relay

My family started Relaying the year after my grandmother died of cancer. We didn't know much about Relay, but we had heard there was a cancer-fighting event in our hometown, so we went to the park the night it was being held and checked it out. It was such a fun, uplifting, hopeful event, and we decided that we would form a team and participate next year. Our first year, we didn't know what to expect, but we ended up being one of the top fundraising teams for our Relay!

School, University or Alumni Cancer Fighters


Get your fellow students, alumni, coworkers together on a ACS Relay For Life team!

The school, college or university campus, and alumni team theme is a common one at Relay For Life events. Not only are school groups easy to organize, the common bond gives an obvious team name or theme.

Sometimes school groups join together, for example, the teachers of a local school, or students in the eight grade class. Some team name examples are Classrooms Against Cancer, or St. Catherine's Cancer Fighters.

High school and college Relay For Life teams are also common, and often feature members of a service club or Campuses Against Cancer group. Some examples are San Diego School Stops Cancer and Wisconsin Warriors Against Cancer.

The third most common school and university theme is that of alumni of a particular school or university. Some examples are Fighting Irish Fight Cancer and Chicago College Community Against Cancer.

What kinds of fun ideas can you do with a school themed team?

  • Matching shirts or hats for your team members
  • Decorate your campsite with your school colors
  • Have a team member dress up as the school mascot
  • Fundraise at your campsite with cookies decorated in school colors
  • Offer a face painting station at your campsite featuring school colors
  • Organize your fraternity or sorority to compete with others for fundraising glory
  • Invite school star athletes as special guests to take photos or play games at the event

Holidays - There's 365 days of ideas for your holiday-themed team!


Holiday themes are common among Relay For Life teams. Holiday themes can be around well known holidays such as Christmas, or lesser known, such as President's Day. You can also have fun with holiday themes, with Christmas In July... and especially fun theme to decorate if your Relay is in the hot summer months. Holiday themes are limited only by your own imagination!

Some ideas for Relay For Life Holiday Team Themes are Christmas In July, Halloween Spooks Cancer, Winter Wonderland, Be A Cancer-Fighting Valentine, and American Independence Day From Cancer.

Fun things you can do with a holiday themed team include:

  • Decorating your campsite for the holiday (Christmas in July, Valentines, Easter eggs)
  • Wearing holiday themed hats or costumes (reindeer antlers, Santa hats, bunny ears)
  • Run a craft station at your campsite to make holiday-themed crafts for a donation
  • Invite a special guest like Santa to come and take photos with people for a donation

Hobbies - Turn your passion into a Relay For Life team theme!

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What's your hobby, passion, that thing you do in your spare time? Why not gather a group of pals who share your interests and create a Relay For Life team around the idea of your hobby.

Some potential team themes include Knitters For A Cure, Clowning Against Cancer, Karate Kicks Cancer and Poker Players For A Cure.

Fun ideas you can do with a hobby theme team include:

  • Running a craft sale featuring your creations as a fundraiser at your campsite
  • Offering a mini-lesson in karate as part of the Relay "Fight Back" ceremony
  • Decorating your campsite with hobby related items
  • Fundraising before the event through your hobby's networks and community
  • Hosting a poker game or bingo at your campsite with donations benefiting ACS

Sports Fans!


Sports are also a popular Relay For Life Team Theme, as nearly everyone has one that they hold dear. Some folks even have themes made up of other players on their bowling or baseball team! Examples of sports themes for your Relay For Life team are Bat Away Cancer, Bowl For A Cure and Touchdown For Cancer-Fighters.

Fun ideas for a sports theme include:

  • Paint your faces with your team colors, or wear team hats to show your allegiance!
  • Decorate your campsite in your team colors
  • Challenge another team to a fundraising contest to see who can raise the most money
  • Host a mini-sports game at your campsite for a donation
  • Raffle off prizes donated by your favorite sports team - game tickets are very popular!

Food - Yummy Team Themes!


We all have to eat, and there are few things that have as much personality as food! Why not create a Relay For Life team theme around food? Perhaps you work at a restaurant and are getting your fellow waitstaff together for a Relay, or maybe you're just a big fan of baking - everyone loves food! Some team theme name examples are Ice Scream For A Cure, Serving Up A Cure, Cookies For Cancer Research and Healthy Eating Beats Cancer.

Fun ideas for a food themed team:

  • Wear chef hats and decorate your campsite with cooking items
  • Host a bake sale at your campsite
  • Invite an ice cream truck to benefit ACS
  • Put together a cookbook of healthy recipes and sell as a fundraiser
  • Raffle off food themed baskets
  • Have a chili cookoff contest to benefit ACS

Work and Professional Themes - Turn your 9 to 5 into a cancer-fighting community!


One of the most common ways people get involved in American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is through their co-workers or as a service project for their employer. Many companies assist employees in fundraising or provide time off for Relay activities. Organizing a Work or Professional Themed Relay team is also easy because you already know and work with the folks on your team.

Some Work and Professional Team theme ideas are Manicurists For A Cure, Salon Cuts Against Cancer and Fighterfighters Fight Cancer.

Some fun ideas for work and professional teams include:

  • Invite your company to be a sponsor of the Relay, with all the benefits that provides
  • Host an information session at your campsite about services your company offers
  • Raffle off gift certificates or baskets with items related to your company
  • Fundraise at work with dress down for a donation days or bake sales in the break room

Entertainment Themes - Music, Movies, Television, Comics, you name it!


Entertainment Themes for Relay For Life teams are easy to put together and build from. Whether it is a favorite movie, or a bunch of band members, or a cartoon character, the possibilities for fun are endless! Let your imagination run wild, these are just a few ideas to get you started. Some team names are Rock Against Cancer, Cancer-fighting Superheroes, Dance For A Cure, Luau For A Cure and Pirates Fight Cancer.

Fun ideas for entertainment themed teams include:

  • Host karaoke at your campsite for a donation
  • Screen a movie and sell popcorn as a fundraiser
  • Dress up in costume and create a photo booth - ask for a donation for photos
  • Provide a mini dance lesson or craft project

What are your favorite Relay For Life team themes?

CristianStan on March 18, 2013:

Actually no.. I haven't signed up for the cancer society relay for life. But the idea does look interesting

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

I noticed in October that the angel dust didn't take, just had to wait a bit longer.

JoshK47 on November 15, 2012:

Wonderful ideas here - blessed by a SquidAngel!

Kay on October 31, 2012:

I have a good friend who is very involved in Relay for Life. Such a great way to raise money and awareness!

anonymous on October 07, 2012:

Great Lens.

anonymous on October 06, 2012:

Returning to sprinkle angel dust over the Relay For Life inspiration and I see you have received a purple star...congratulations!

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on October 04, 2012:

Hi I like these RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM THEMES. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

sheriangell on October 04, 2012:

Stopping back by to leave an Angel blessing on this most excellent lens.

HomeDecorKnight on September 26, 2012:

Wonderful idea about relay team themes, great lens.

anonymous on August 16, 2012:

I love the giant garden chess set. Iv'e always wanted one but I have a very tiny garden

RuralFloridaLiving on August 15, 2012:

Wonderful ideas for themes here! Thanks for sharing.

Rymom28 on July 25, 2012:

What great ideas! After my mom battled cancer she joined a Relay for Life committee, I will make sure to pass the ideas on.

Mamabyrd from West Texas on July 16, 2012:

Great lens

anonymous on March 28, 2012:


goo2eyes lm on February 19, 2012:

thank you for sharing this lens. i prefer food and work. very heroic of you to present this relay for life theme lens.

julieannbrady on February 04, 2012:

Relay For Life is such a great initiative. I'm thinking the entertainment or food themes might provide the biggest bang.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 07, 2012:

I like the idea with superheroes. Beautiful presentation!

baby-strollers on December 13, 2011:

Green grapes for sure.

anonymous on December 07, 2011:

we used to set up restaurant fundraisers, which were a simple way to raise $287 in one night just eating with donors. I was also a good place to do ask for support checks.

viscri8 on November 23, 2011:

Very nice work for a good cause. Blessed!

jays23 lm on November 10, 2011:

You did a great job incorporating all great ideas here for a non profit project

KidsOverKancer on October 26, 2011:

Great ideas, I will definitely be incorporating some of them in my non-profit events.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on October 26, 2011:

Great ideas here. I love the photo of the school bus!

davidcam on September 12, 2011:

good :)

anonymous on September 12, 2011:

nice lens, gave me some good ideas for mine.

anonymous on September 05, 2011:

Great informative lens.

WorkitSmart on August 30, 2011:

Hey Jen! Great, informative lens.. Do you race?


shivnagsudhakar on August 20, 2011:


Chazz from New York on August 19, 2011:

Hi. Thank you for making this lens. I am featuring it on the tribute fundraising page I created in memory of my sister-in-law, Dawn, who lost her 15-year long fight with lymphoma 14 months ago. Blessed and also added to "Wing-ing it on Squidoo" our lensography of blessed lenses and tribute to them.

Loretta from United States on August 10, 2011:

*~*~*~*sprinkles of SquidAngel dust*~*~*~*

Jennifer Sullivan (author) from Chicago, IL on August 10, 2011:

@LisaAuch1: Thanks Lisa!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 10, 2011:

Whilst out and about on a Special quest for the angels, I wanted to drop on by and give you a magic angels dusting - Blessed-Because this page is just wonderful

anonymous on August 08, 2011:

Great lens, really great.

cbessa on August 07, 2011:

Hey, Jen. I just featured this lens on my Top 5 lenses from my Squidoo Neighbours.

Hope i will feature others of your great lenses in the future.

See you around.

pinkrenegade lm on May 02, 2011:

Great lens. I really like what you have done in this lens.

anonymous on April 18, 2011:

Great suggestions! I'm rather partial to the superhero themes myself. Congrats on your Lens of the Day!

Airinka on April 17, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD!

anonymous on April 17, 2011:

Great lense and congrats on the LOTD

justholidays on April 16, 2011:

There are certainly such teams in my area, however, I know none of them... Anyway, congratulations on your LOTD!

akashjoshi on April 16, 2011:

well deserved... :)

Fox Music on April 15, 2011:

Thank you for sharing and Congrads on Lens of the Day

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2011:

Nice themes and ideas for helping out and making a difference...congrats on LotD!

Homelust on April 15, 2011:

Lots of ideas here!

Sanam on April 14, 2011:

Congratulations for getting LOTD. I like your theme ideas as well.

Kaafscorner on April 14, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on April 14, 2011:

Wonderful lens about a worthy project. Relay for Life is big around this area too.

Congrats on your well deserved LOTD.

oyningen on April 14, 2011:

Congratz on lens of the day! And I really liked your themes :D!

OrganicMom247 on April 14, 2011:

Congrats on the LOTD award, well deserved

rorymullen lm on April 14, 2011:

Thank you for creating an amazing Lens. I have been contemplating on joining a Team when we have a Relay up in Maine

Muzzie4848 on April 13, 2011:

Congrats on your LOTD. Really good ideas.

gypsyman27 lm on April 13, 2011:

I like entertainment themes, See you around the galaxy...

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 13, 2011:

You have lots of great ideas for team names. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

oyningen on April 13, 2011:

Congratz on lens of the day ! :D

Kimberly Hiller from Chicago on April 13, 2011:

I ran a team at Northern Illinois University. It was a lot of fun, but VERY tiring. It was great to be having fun and doing something great for a wonderful cause. Great information, Jen.

lilymom24 on April 13, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD and your purple star. Well deserved.

anonymous on April 13, 2011:

Cogratz on Lotd!

UKGhostwriter on April 13, 2011:

Fantastic lens, very inspirational!! Congratulations for LOTD!!

Debbie from England on April 13, 2011:

Many congratulations for not only being awarded LOTD, but also for the amount of money you have raised for this much needed charity. Lensrolled to 'Brain Tumor' :)

JeremiahStanghini on April 12, 2011:

A very worthy LOTD, especially considering the time of year!

With Love and Gratitude,


aborenegade on April 12, 2011:

congrats on LOTD

KimGiancaterino on April 12, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD!

javr from British Columbia, Canada on April 12, 2011:

Relay for Life participants are great! Keep up the great work!

Michey LM on April 12, 2011:

Very good idea for a lens, and an excellent presentation.

Congrats for LOTD


GrowWear on April 12, 2011:

Congratulations for your LOTD for Relay For Life Team Theme Ideas. :)

ttsm197 on April 12, 2011:

many many congrats on Lens LOTD ... keep it up

ghosthost on April 12, 2011:

nice lens and congrat for the LOTD

mich1908 on April 12, 2011:

What a great idea for a lense! Congrats.

The Gutter Monkey on April 12, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD.

anonymous on April 12, 2011:

A really interesting lens! One year ago I lost my mother on cancer. It was such a sad time :(

anonymous on April 12, 2011:

A really interesting lens! One year ago I lost my mother on cancer. It was such a sad time :(

MicheleWebber on April 12, 2011:

Congrats on lens of the day! I am in the UK, but enjoyed reading about this cause. There are ideas here for all sorts of charity events I think, well done.

elyria on April 11, 2011:

Great Lens and congratulations on LOTD!

anonymous on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on an inspiring LOTD!

Diana Romaxx from Chicago on April 11, 2011:

Jen, Congratulations on your LOTD!

sheriangell on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on your LotD! Well done!

Mary from Chicago area on April 11, 2011:

Terrific lens idea, executed so well! Congrats on the well-deserved LoTD.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on April 11, 2011:

Great lens and fundraising ideas. Congratulations on LotD!!

YourFirstTime on April 11, 2011:

A ton of inspiration ideas. You deserve LOTD!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD. Excellent lens.

Jennifer Sullivan (author) from Chicago, IL on April 11, 2011:

@tw006e6375: Ha, cute Tom, four legs! You won't believe this but I once did the whole Relay on "four legs" too, when I had a broken foot! I was pretty tired afterwards!

Pete Schultz on April 11, 2011:

congrats on LOTD, a nice topic and worthy of strong support.

dessertlover on April 11, 2011:

Great job, congrats on the LOTD :)

BestRatedStuff on April 11, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD, great lens, wonderful idea.

Delia on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD! I lost both my parents from cancer, and I'm a cancer survivor...I support the UW cancer foundtion

kathysart on April 11, 2011:

This so FUN! What a delightful lens. Have a happy day, Kathy

tw006e6375 on April 11, 2011:

I really do wish that I could join you but in the first place i would be inelegable as with the athletics that you have discribed all the athletes have two legs and at the moment I have four. You may think that this would be a disadvantage but two spare legs can wreck havock on the field of play. I am of course refering to two crutchs that are necessary for getting me walking, but do have a good time without me.Tom

anonymous on April 11, 2011:

Dropping by to leave my "Congratulations for your Lens of the Day" !

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on April 11, 2011:

Many congratulations on a well deserved LOTD :-)

anonymous on April 11, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD.

alkapuri on April 11, 2011:

good one.

ludyshubs on April 11, 2011:

My favorites are School and University Cancer Fighters

Congratulations, this lens will motivate people to join the fight against cancer

SheilaVine LM on April 11, 2011:

Great lens good luck with your cause

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 11, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD! Nicely done!

JennySui on April 11, 2011:

Congrats on LOTD!

Bravehistickle on April 11, 2011:

Wow!! loved your food theme idea.

Congrats for LOD!!

Ruthi on April 11, 2011:

Great Relay for Life lens! Congratulations on LOTD, as well as your purple star.

MargoPArrowsmith on April 11, 2011:

Congratulations on LOTD, welcome to the club!

EpicFarms on April 11, 2011:

Some fabulous ideas on a very important topic. Congratulations on LOTD - nicely done!

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