Monthly Archives: August 2015

    • Championship Award Belts

      Introducing our New Championship Belts, just in time for Football and Chili Cook-Off Season!

      Championship Belt Margene looks great modeling our new Championship Belt!

      We are excited about our newest award, a full leather, 6 pound, Championship Belt! These belts are made by our supplier Simba, who is based in California, Texas, and North Carolina. What is great about these belts is that they are unique awards, something different than a trophy that will get your fantasy football, poker tournament, chili cook-off or sales team motivated to win it!

      These belts are made of 100% leather, in a choice of black or white. The medal finish on each belt features over 46 crystals, along with heavy duty snaps in the back, adjustable so that the belt is one size fits all.

      We offer belts specific for Fantasy Football, Chili Cook Offs, Poker Tournaments, and Sales Teams. There is also a more comprehensive “Championship” belt that is awesome for any occasion! Check out our new belts and let me know what you think!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • Customer Spotlight: Issaquah Schools Foundation

      It's the start of a new school year!  Excitement is in the air for students, parents, and teachers,  with a new year ahead, full of possibility.  When I began thinking about this blog post and the first day of school, the main thing that struck me is how awesome my kids' schools have been.  It's not just me - they've been recognized nationally. Our elementary school, Sunset, was named as the 425 Magazine Best Public Elementary School, and Issaquah was just named one of the Best Towns for Families by Family Circle Magazine mainly due to the schools.  What makes Issaquah schools so special?

      ISF grant winners.

      Besides great kids and fantastic teachers, I believe it's because of the community support our schools receive.  And the biggest champion for our kids is the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF), which bridges the gap between state-provided basic education funds and the dollars our schools need to prepare students for success in school and life.

      The Issaquah Schools Foundation was formed in 1987 and has given over $3 million dollars toward programs that encourage academic excellence, support struggling students and promote professional development of teachers.  Personally my children have benefitted directly from foundation funding through after school library hours and support to the arts, specifically orchestra.

      The badges we create for the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

      Every year ISF hosts a "Nourish Every Mind" luncheon and breakfast where partners attend to support the foundation.  It's the biggest fundraiser of the year!  They order ribbons for their staff, volunteers and donors.  We also create name badges for their staff, executive committee and board members.

      To find out more about the Issaquah Schools Foundation and what they do for students, visit issaquahschoolsfoundation.org. Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who serve the foundation and our kids.  Hats off to the great work you do. It's wonderful living in Issaquah and I wish students a great school year ahead!

      Cheers! Jessica

    • How to Choose the Best Fantasy Football Trophy

      This week's blog is from our President, Jeff.  Jeff has been in the 'Big Johnson Fantasy League' since 1991 and knows a thing or two about BOTH fantasy football and trophies! Here are his thoughts on how to immortalize your fantasy season without breaking the bank. Here's Jeff on choosing the best Fantasy Football Trophy for your league:

      Big Johnson League
      Last year's Big Johnson League draft.

      1. Crown the Champion.  Regardless of the budget, awarding hardware to your league winner should be your #1 priority as commissioner.  For champion keeper awards, consider doing a smaller version of a traveling trophy (discussed below).  This will ensure a legacy over the years.  For example, picture a repeat champ receiving multiple Lombardi-style awards and lining them up on their mantle.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

      Engraved Silver Football Trophy

      Resin Tower Football Trophy

      Silver Quarterback Resin Trophies

      2.  Build the Legacy.  With a couple of ways to accomplish this, keep both short-term and long-term budget in mind.

      - The Easy Way:  If you want to stay simple, I suggest choosing a trophy that doesn’t have to be engraved each year.  Instead engrave your league name and “Champion” on the front and you are all set.  Have last year’s winner bring it back to the draft and award it to the new winner. Here are a couple of suggestions for this style of trophy:

      Engraved Gold Football Trophy

      Annual (perpetual) engraving on the Big Johnson League trophy. Annual (perpetual) engraving on the Big Johnson League trophy.

      - A Little More Effort:  With a little more effort, you can engrave the past winners on the sides of your traveling (perpetual) trophy.  Most of our annual fantasy football trophies include an option for 3 additional side plates.  Be sure to choose this add-on when placing your order.  Place the trophy in your cart and type in the text you want on the front plate of your award. Our current best sellers are:

      Monster Football Perpetual Trophy

      Perpetual Replica Fantasy Football Champion Trophy

      Silver Quarterback Fantasy Football Perpetual Trophy

      To get names added to the sides, add product #7170 to your cart and type in the previous winner's information in the engraving section. I suggest including the year, winner’s name and team name. Each side plate fits 6-8 years of engraving.  Doing the math, you get 18-24 years of joy out of the trophy.

      Please note:  Each year there is a process to have the side plate engraved with a new winner.  Simply unscrew the plate and mail it to us with engraving instructions and payment for $20.  We will engrave and mail it back.  Even if you forget to have it engraved for up to 4 years, the cost is still $20 total.  Get specific instructions here.

      Cry Baby Loser Trophy For the biggest whiner in your league, award our popular Cry Baby Loser Trophy.

      3. Have Some Fun.  Finally, if your league coffers allow, consider adding some spice to your draft with some funny joke trophies.  This is our favorite part of the fantasy football season,  as some commissioners get super creative. We've seen it all; check out our Fantasy Football Joke Trophies for more ideas. Here are my favorites:

      Cry Baby Loser Trophy

      Dead Last Toilets

      Beauty Queens

      Horse Bobble Butt Trophy

      Best of luck in your draft!  I hope the addition of fantasy football trophies adds hype to your league.  May the trash-talking begin! -Jeff

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    Trophies Awards