Soccer Band-Its™ came about a little out of necessity and a lot out of a desire to do some fundraising for my local soccer club.
My two sons, Jonathan and Christopher, play soccer and we ran into some issues with their equipment. Like many youngsters, Jonathan, had trouble keeping his laces tied. I found the local soccer shops sold a generic lace keeper at a ridiculous price....and they didn't last long. I knew I could make them better and at a lower cost. If we ordered in bulk quantities, the cost would be low enough for our club to put their logo on them and sell them to every player and still turn a profit. Soccer Band-Its™ became an idea!
At the same time, I noticed that my older son, Christopher, (and nearly all of his teammates) always had to use messy, costly athletic tape to keep their slip in shin guards right where they wanted them. Eventually, he began purchasing an overpriced elastic and Velcro guard stay from the local soccer shop. I knew I could apply the same principles of better quality and lower cost to my own version of this product - Shin Guard Band-Its. Again, by ordering in bulk quantities, the cost would be low enough for our club to put their logo on them sell them to every player and still turn a profit.
I realized that if I could do this for my home soccer club, I could do it for every soccer club. The clubs, in turn, could add a little profit, market their brand with their club’s logo on the products, and still charge their players less than the local soccer shops or online retailers. Our lace keepers worked so well, soon baseball players and lacrosse players were wearing them on their cleats as well.
I dragged my sister, Alyson, who works in marketing and sales to help the company get on its feet. Once all the details were nailed down, Soccer Band-Its™ was born. From day one, we partnered with Forever 9 - The Robbie Levine Foundation and began donating a portion of our sales to put more portable AEDs on youth athletic fields. Soon, we partnered with other charities such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, and others.
My son, Christopher, recently graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Communication and Business and is now a full-time partner on the Soccer Band-Its™ team.
We hope you and your players enjoy our products and continue to love “The Beautiful Game.”
President and Founder