In schools, the theme of sports can be used throughout the building to motivate staff and students. The students are players, staff members are coaches, and the administration are head coaches. All are necessary members of the team, and all must work together to achieve team goals. This theme kicks off the school year by having a training camp for staff (professional development) to launch the beginning of the school year. Sports-themed snacks including peanuts, popcorn, and crackerjacks and giveaways such as pompoms in school colors, pennants, and sports-themed school supplies generate interest.
"Sports Metaphors as a Motivational Leadership Strategy,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 6
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol6/iss4/13