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Teams are an amazing part of Walk MS! Each year nearly 85% of Walk MS participants make a bigger impact by walking as part of a team. Learn more about the benefits of forming a team, what other teams are doing and take advantage of the many tools and resources provided to help you reach your goal.
Having MS can be scary, but having a team helps me face my fear. I know that we’re making a difference. If we’re walking, the disease is losing."– Team Captain-Ellen Schneider, Nerds for a Cure
Register first in order to create a team.
If you registered as an individual, but would like to join or start a team, please contact our Fundraising Support Center (FundraisingSupport@nmss.org or 855-372-1331) with the name of the team you'd like to join or start (in addition to the team fundraising goal, if starting a team), and we'll make it happen.
Use this Team Captain & Participant Guide to help you be a successful Team Captain for Walk MS: Walnut Creek.
Setting a team goal is an easy way to motivate your team and establish a benchmark for success.
Use this Walk MS Goal-Setting Sheet to set a team goal that will motivate everyone to do their best.
Did you know that participants who personalize and actively update their personal fundraising page can raise on average two- to three-times more? Activate your team by setting up your page in the online Participant Center. Use the Participant Center Guide for step-by-step instructions on utilizing the team captain resources available such as:
Enlist your colleagues, friends, family members and neighbors to join your team by sending them an email with a direct link to register through your participant center. You can also have them join by selecting Join a Team during the registration process and searching for your team name.
Leading a national or corporate team? Use this sample article to announce your team in a company newsletter or intranet: Download the template as a Microsoft Word (DOCX) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file. Be sure to also read the Corporate Team section of the Team Captain & Participant Guide for more information.
The primary reason for participating in Walk MS is to raise funds for people affected by MS to live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what's been lost and end MS forever. Increase team fundraising by asking all members to make a self-donation to their personal fundraising. Also, planning team fundraising events is a great way to get all members involved and contributing to the overall team goal. See the Team Success section for fundraising ideas for teams.
Whether it’s a phone call, email or team get together, engage and keep your team informed by sharing information that you receive from the National MS Society regarding team/fundraising contests, event details and your team ranking.
Once team members have begun registering, send out emails to the team, welcome new members, congratulate those who reach fundraising milestones and create fundraising challenges for your team members.
Get creative and show your team spirit by designing a shirt to commemorate your Walk MS experience.
Are you meeting somewhere special? Are you wearing team t-shirts or coordinated costumes? Send the details to your team members so they feel included and can have as much fun as possible on event weekend!
In addition to the Walk MS Staff assigned to work with you and help your team year round, see the various tools below that will help your team achieve success this year!
All you need to know about getting your team started, recruiting team members, and fundraising.
Use this document to establish key benchmarks to ensure you hit your team's goal for the year. Share the goal with your team.
Track your team's fundraising and recruitment progress for everyone to see.
Become a fundraising powerhouse with our how-to videos. Check out the easy-to-understand videos that show you the many ways our online tools will help you be a powerful part of creating a world free of MS.
Utilize this guide for step-by-step instructions on utilizing the team captain resources available in your Participant Center, such as updating your team goal, updating your Team page, sending recruitment and team emails, tracking your progress, managing your roster, and much more! Log in and get started today!
Use this document to uncover all of the networks that could help you recruit more team members and raise money!
Download current year Walk MS logos, Walk MS Facebook cover photos, customizable email signatures, and more.
We love our teams and offer a variety of support to ensure your team will be successful.
Head over to our Contact Us page to reach our team contact.
Check out our Event Updates page to stay up-to-date on team news and events!
Whether you measure success by the size of your team, or the amount fundraised, the more the merrier is our motto.
Team members can be anybody—family members, friends, co-workers, or even neighbors. Whether you're a corporate team or a friends and family team, just be sure to ask everyone you know.
Be bold! The first step is to ask. Enthusiasm and spirit are contagious—your friends and family will want to join the movement when they see how committed and excited you are.
Think outside your neighborhood. Use this experience as a meaningful reason to reunite friends and family who live around the nation. They can fundraise and train at their homes, and then join you on the day of the event. Keep each other motivated by email or phone, or surprise each other by sending care packages. A reunion on the day of the event can create a special memory!
(Leading isn't your cup of tea? Convince someone else you know to lead the group, or join an existing team.)
The benefits of forming a team include being eligible for contests throughout the year as well as being eligible for team awards at the end of the season. We highly encourage you to recruit as many people as possible to join you.
Fundraising comes more naturally when you make it personal. If your team is participating for someone living with MS, ask them to share their story when making donation requests. Always follow these stories with statements about the powerful progress we have made in helping people with MS live their best lives. Another easy way to fundraise is through matching gifts, so be sure to ask anyone who donates to you if their company has a matching gifts program.
Some ideas that work well for teams:
As a team member (or team captain), you can fundraise like everyone else. Instead of your fundraising going directly to the overall team, we funnel it there through you first. So, when you turn in a check or receive a donation online, you get the individual credit for it and your team also receives credit for it. This allows you to qualify for the individual clubs as well as the team awards. Check out other Fundraising Tips & Tools for more great ideas.
Our events are about a community coming together to create a world free of MS and the accomplishment of a unique personal challenge! As a leader, you get the opportunity to remind your teammates of why they are participating. These are more than fundraising events; they are celebrations of how far we've come together.