Green Team


The Green Team serves as the framework for your student’s leadership and character performance. When a student successfully becomes Green and helps others be Green you will see a group of students actively moving themselves and others closer to “winning” (thriving/flourishing) and creating a Green Team (“Team” – metaphorically is the class, school and/or school community).

  • Students will have a clear vision of what a special team/school should look like
  • The students will be provided with unique language to help guide their leadership and character performance
  • The students will understand the mission of removing Red, swaying Gray, and building Green
"After being introduced to the Green Team, I spent the next 45-minutes talking with my captains about it.  They began going through the roster identifying who they thought was in green, gray and red.  It created incredible conversation and inspired them to begin working to move everyone up a level."
Head Varsity Football Coach

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Lesson Plan

Student Growth Areas

Exercise Length

Language Guide


An individual who actively demonstrates the traits of selflessness, enthusiasm, hardworking, humility, and positivity


An individual who is lukewarm with varying levels of inconsistency that is performing at a moderate level in areas of leadership and character


An individual demonstrating traits of selfishness, laziness, arrogance, frequent complaining and low levels of enthusiasm, creating challenges for the team and teammate

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Exercise Reminder Card

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Quiz Questions

Exercise Slides

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • On average, teams start with what percentage in the Green?
  • If you are a floater, where do you go?
  • Gray is safe but nothing _______________.
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At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: What does it mean to be Green?
  • Reflection: What do you imagine your school experience would be like if the majority of your classmates were Green?
  • Action: Share how you plan to show up Green on a consistent basis this school year.
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Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

What was the most GREEN team you have ever been a part of? What made that team so green; so special? Think about the impact this school year will have on the lives of every student in this classroom if it truly becomes a Green Team. It will be life-changing. How cool will that be?!
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

Have your students create a Green Team “vision board”. Explain to them a vision board is something seen in the imagination. Assign them with the task of creating a collage of images that represent what it means to be GREEN and move closer to winning. Encourage students to find or create images that represent being special. Have students share their Green Team vision board with classmates as it will help generate ideas.