Thank The Passer


Thank the Passer is a habit-building exercise that’ll improve your student’s Followership and create a healthy environment where others are encouraged to lead.

  • Students will learn what a “pass” is
  • Students will become aware of the “Moment of Truth” and will learn how powerful those moments are in determining the future leadership of others
  • Students will begin to incorporate “thanking the passer” into their vocabulary and daily behavior
"“This exercise flipped our entire program upside-down. I know our players weren’t great followers prior to this exercise but afterwards, you began hearing embraces and thank you’s accompanied with all acts of leadership.”"
Varsity Football Coach – Maryland

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Lesson Plan

Student Growth Areas

Exercise Length

Language Guide


Someone who passes leadership from one person to another, or to a group

Additional Resources

Shareable Graphics

Share these in the locker room, coaches office or on social media.

Exercise Reminder Card

To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.

Quiz Questions

Exercise Slides

Powerpoint slides ready for you to use

Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

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

  • What is a pass?
  • What are we thanking the passer for?
  • What is the “moment of truth?”
Quiz Questions

Teacher Reflection

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

Who in your life consistently gives you leadership passes? Do you thank them for their courage? Think about how you can better thank and show appreciation for the leaders in your life who are giving you passes
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

Have students write a thank you note to a classmate, teacher, and someone from home who has previously given them a leadership “pass”. Encourage students to be specific in their notes on why they are thanking the individual.