COVID-19

Cause Project

WELCOME TO THE

Home Team

The Ask
Convince more people to practice physical distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.
Challenge
Staying home for an extended period of time is a very solitary, isolating experience.
Solution
Recruit a community - a team - to do their part by staying home.

The Brief

Background: 
The power of sports extends far beyond the confines of the fields and courts they’re played on. They’re more than just games. Sports showcase the strength of the human spirit. The will to push past pain and adversity. Defying expectations. Fighting for something bigger than just a win. Sports have the power to break down barriers and bring communities together like nothing else. 
Situation: 
In the span of a few short months, COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Businesses are shut down. Gatherings have been canceled. Millions of people are quarantined at home, anxiously waiting for answers. 
As we know by now, all sports have been put on pause for the foreseeable future. The networks are numbing the pain with re-runs, but nothing can replace the real thing. No rivalry games. No Olympic glory. No edge-of-your-seat, nail-biter, can’t watch but can’t look away moments. Sports have an uncanny ability to get us through the tough times, so not having them leaves an eerie void in our lives. 
The Reality:
While a timeout has been called on sports, there are 18 million unsung heroes suiting up and entering the game: healthcare workers. They’re facing a situation fraught with challenges. Mental & physical exhaustion. Overcrowded units. And above all else, a severe lack of the essential personal protective equipment they need to keep themselves healthy and able to do their jobs.
Challenge:
To ease the burden on healthcare systems and slow down the rate of infection, a majority of Americans have been asked to stay home and practice physical distancing. It's unfamiliar, daunting territory. It can be a solitary and isolating experience. There's no clear timeline for when things will go back to normal, further exasperating the challenge. 
Opportunity:
This shouldn't be a solitary experience. There’s a powerful opportunity to tap into the fan culture of sports and build a community that rallies around physical distancing. We can create a team that people actively want to join and are proud to be a part of.
Strategy:
Change doesn't happen alone. It takes a team.
To see the research process, click here

Solution

The Home Team, the team that wins by staying home. The Home Team is an online community devoted to practicing physical distancing. The goal is to change the perception of physical distancing and make it something people want to actively participate in.

 

To visit the current version of the site, click here

How to join

Step 1: learn the facts

Step 2: take the pledge to practice physical distancing

Step 3: create your roster profile

Keeping the team engaged

To keep team members active and engaged, the website includes a number of features that encourage repeat visits. 

Watch/play:
Staying entertained at home can be a challenge. To ease that burden, Home Team members who recruit 5 teammates are given access to a library of past games and free trials for PC games such as Madden or NBA2k. 
Say thanks:
The website will include ways to show support and gratitude to the healthcare professionals who are on the frontlines of this crisis. Home Team members will be able to "save a seat" for a healthcare worker at a future professional sports game. At the game, the healthcare professionals will be honored in a special ceremony and have a meet-and-greet with the team. 

Why It Works

The Home Team provides a sense of community, something that will be vital to the success of physical distancing.

It gives the average person a feeling of purpose in this fight. By working together, we can all be part of the solution.

Features such as the Watch/play section provide much needed entertainment, making it easier for people to stay home.

Nick DeLeon / 757-375-4478 / nickmdeleon@gmail.com