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Program Updates, Deadlines & Reminders 

FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff presented by Novelis: Are you energized for the launch of CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas?! Get those snacks ready for the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff this Saturday, January 7, at 12:00PM ET on FIRSTtv.

Kickoff Blog: Check out this FIRST Robotics Competition Blog for an overview of information teams want to know to help prepare them for Kickoff, including upcoming important dates, information about the Kickoff Kit sizes, and the encrypted files ready to be downloaded now. 

Team Resources: We have a lot of great technical and non-technical resources available for teams this season! Check them out in this FIRST Robotics Competition blog post.

Kit Pickup Reminder: Please remember that in order to pick up your Kickoff Kit from a local Kickoff, you must either be listed as lead mentor 1 or 2 or must have a roster printed with your name listed as a mentor. If a team is unable to pick up its Kickoff Kit at the local kickoff selected, an alternate team may be designated to do so. The team unable to attend must be registered to pick up their Kickoff Kit at the local kickoff AND provide FIRST® with an authorized surrogate kit pick-up letter, submitted/signed by the lead mentor 1 or 2. 

Community Engagement

Thank you, coaches & mentors! 

We want to give a BIG thank you to each coach and mentor who give their time and energy to FIRST students. In honor of National Mentoring Month this January, we are celebrating all the important work you do within our communities, schools, and organizations.

Enter our Mentoring Month Raffle: All mentors and coaches are eligible to win a $50 gift code to the FIRST store. Stock up on new FIRST ENERGIZESM presented by Qualcomm swag or get that FIRST sweatshirt or jacket you’ve seen around at FIRST events. One entry per person, raffle is open now until the end of January. Submit for your chance to win!

Get your free 2022-2023 season magnet with pin purchase: Purchase any of the coach/mentor pins or year of service pins on our Recognition Store via Sports Awards and receive a free 2022-2023 season magnet with purchase. Coach/mentor pins are available now, along with past seasons while supplies last. Get your free magnet now! 

Share why you mentor: This month, we’ll be sharing stories on our blog and social media about our mentors within the FIRST community. Share with us on your social platforms why you mentor with FIRST and the impact you’ve seen in your students with #FIRSTvolunteers. Your post might just get boosted by FIRST!  

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions.   

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