To say that the world has been thrown into disarray would be an understatement. With the country still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been searching for, even if they are brief, signs of hope in these trying times. Cases are on the rise again, and with news that Philadelphia canceled all large events until February 2021, people need a little dose of hopeful optimism.
On July 14th, 2020, the city of Philadelphia announced what all sports fans knew what was coming deep in their souls- that there wouldn’t be fans in the stands for the coming Fall. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Philadelphia has banned all large scale events until February 28th, 2021. This six-month measure’s primary goal is to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep Philadelphians safe. Events ranging from the legendary Broad Street Run to the Philadelphia Marathon in November,have been impacted by this mass cancellation. Even the Philadelphia Eagles, and potentially the Phillies, will be playing in front of empty stadiums this Fall.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, countless businesses were affected by the shutdowns. To support those small businesses that were negatively affected, QVC, HSN, and their parent company, Qurate Retail Group, launched and sponsored the Small Business Spotlight Program, in partnership with the NRF Foundation. This program highlighted and helped 20 small businesses across the country navigate the uncharted waters brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Spike’s Trophies was selected for the program, and our President, Keith Baldwin, appeared on the program June 2nd. Continue reading
The NBA and the Player’s Union have agreed on a plan to bring basketball back this summer and finish out the 2020 season. Twenty-two teams — 13 form the West and 9 from the East — have been invited to Walt Disney World Resort to play out the final eight games of the regular season and then go into the playoffs.
Spike’s Trophies misses baseball, and we bet you do too. A spring without America’s pastime hasn’t felt right, and a summer without the game feels even worse. With the prospects of Little Leagues across the nation playing this summer looking bleak, with no kids receiving any Philadelphia sports awards this year, we have one last hope to see baseball back in some form this summer thanks to Major League Baseball.
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us in ways we never anticipated. Due to this, we have pivoted our services to help the community and make our “new normal” easier to navigate. Social distancing guidelines and mask protocols transformed our daily lives, and wearing masks in public on the way to the grocery store feels impersonal as if our personalities are lost in the shuffle. Spike’s Trophies saw this, and since the demand isn’t there for our usual custom engraved plaques and other awards, we wanted to do our part in giving us control and personality in the masks that we wear by offering customized masks.
With a good portion of the sports world coming to a halt under the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an empty spot in the lives of many sports fans that very few things can fill. This is especially the case when it comes to the City of Brotherly Love, one of the most devoted sports cities in the country. Spike’s Trophies knows this all too well, as before the pandemic, we had provided PA with sports awards of all varieties of passionate fans and recreational leagues.
Our everyday lives have changed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to affect the Greater Philadelphia Area. Aside from the health scare that has been present, this pandemic has also resulted in adverse effects from an economic standpoint and has made life a bit more chaotic for the essential workers who must still report to their jobs. These include grocery store clerks, auto mechanics, and, of course, medical professionals who are treating those affected.
On the night of March 11th, a game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was suddenly postponed seconds before tipoff. Fans were told to leave the stadium, and in a state of confusion, they did. Within the next half hour, it was announced that the cancellation of the game was a result of Jazz star Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19. Shortly after that, commissioner Adam Silver shocked the world when he announced that the NBA would be suspending its season indefinitely.
When it was announced that the country would be placed under a stay-at-home order as a result of COVID-19 and that non-essential businesses would be closed or operating in a limited fashion, it was difficult. Many businesses had to make adjustments, including Spike’s Trophies. As a result, we are not currently operating and providing your sports awards that New Jersey and beyond have come to know us for.