Leadership Inspirations Activities

Name Olympics

Learn each other’s names through alliterations and actions


10 minutes

Team Stage


Type Of Activity






It can be very challenging to learn names in a new group! This activity provides a fun, simple, quick and very effective strategy to actually remember everyone’s names.



  • Have all participants form a circle.


  • Give each participant time to come up with an alliterative action word for their name and a corresponding movement to go along with it. For example: Running Riley, Jumping Jack, or Diving Diana.
  • Go around the circle and have each person introduce themselves and do their movement.
  • The whole group should say “Hi“ and repeat that person’s name and movement to help them remember!
  • Challenge the group to use the alliterations and movements all day when talking to or calling on people.


  • With smaller groups, have each person introduce themselves as well as everyone who came before them, this will test their ability to remember the names of their peers!
  • With larger groups, have each person introduce themselves and just the one person who went before them to save you time.
  • With extra large groups split them up into several smaller groups so that they can learn those names really well.


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?