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3 Ways A Company Can Recognize Their Employees

Everyone likes to be recognized for their hard work and success every once in awhile. If no one notices your efforts or achievements, it can be discouraging. The work can feel pointless. Sometimes that little pat on the back is enough to make someone try a little harder and put more effort into their work. At Spike’s Trophies, we create all kinds of unique pieces that can serve as corporate recognition awards for our customers in Philadelphia. But there are many other ways to recognize an employee’s efforts in the workplace.

1. Everyday Recognition
This type of recognition isn’t extravagant and should be done often. It can be as simple as verbal praise for a job well done, one-on-one or during a meeting for all to hear. If someone may be embarrassed for being highlighted, it may be better to tell them personally. Or, you can execute this through email, social media, or even a company newsletter for others to see. This doesn’t just have to be given from managers to their employees. Employees can also be encouraged to praise each other. This helps develop camaraderie and a positive work environment.

2. Informal
There are several informal, low-cost options when it comes to recognizing an achievement. Any employee should be eligible for such recognition. Although, the amount of awards or how this can be done should be based on the goals of the company or department. This could be in the way of a surprise pizza party, so everyone gets to benefit, or a small gift card ($25 – $100). Instead of just handing the gift card to the recipient, another method of delivering it is to mail it to the person’s home along with a thank you card. That way, the other employees are unaware of it. Alternatively, the recipient’s family will see it and be proud of their loved one.

3. Formal
More formal forms of recognition aren’t given out as often. They can be the endgame of a more structured event or program. Nominations and voting can be held. There can be a formal ceremony as an end of the quarter or end of the year celebration. These are made public for everyone to recognize. The criteria for these kinds of programs are based on the objectives of the company. Not as many employees are recognized this way, holding it in higher esteem. These awards can be a certificate, plaque, desk clock, watch, etched crystal, engraved acrylic, or any combination of those and more.

To search our wide array of corporate recognition awards available to customers in Bucks County, PA and many other areas, please browse our site or give us a call at 855-652-4030 for more information.

Spike’s Trophies Discusses the Stanley Cup

At Spike’s Trophies, the famous trophy company in Philadelphia, we know a good trophy when we see one. We’re talking about the award that goes to the Stanley Cup Champions. They say it’s the hardest trophy to win all of professional sports. The teams that eventually make it to the Stanley Cup Finals have already played at least 100 games! It is a fast, physical sport and the season is long and grueling. By the time the playoffs come around, teams are beat up and the players are battling through multiple injuries… all for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup was originally conceived as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup in 1892. It was named after the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston. Hence, one of its nicknames, Lord Stanley’s Cup. It was awarded to the best amateur ice hockey club in Canada.

Fast forward 125 years and the Cup has grown five times its original height. Unlike other professional sports, a new trophy isn’t made each year. When a new champion is crowned, the names of the players and coaches are engraved on the Cup itself. It is updated over the years as they run out of room.

The NHL is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The best eight teams from each conference make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each team plays another in their conference in what is called a best-of-seven series. The first team to four wins advances to the next round. This year, the Nashville Predators have come out of the Western Conference for the first time in the franchise’s 20-year history. The Pittsburgh Penguins also came out of the Eastern Conference for the second straight year, seeking to win back-to-back titles.

Ask any hockey player fortunate enough to win it. They’ll tell you it was one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do but it was well worth it to lift the Cup high above their head. They celebrate with their teammates in the locker room drenched in champagne while actually using the Stanley Cup to drink it.

One of the more fun traditions in sports, each player on the winning team gets to have the Cup for a day or two over the summer. Needless to say, it’s seen some crazy things. It’s seen the bottom of a couple swimming pools. It is even rumored that in 1994, New York Ranger Eddie Olczyk fed the Kentucky Derby winner out of the Stanley Cup. In 2006, winner Doug Weight and his family ate an ice cream sundae out of it. In 1996, Sylvain Lefebrve had his first child baptized inside it.

A beautiful trophy is a great way to recognize a long journey of dedicated effort, no matter what line of work you’re in. For top-of-the-line trophies and other awards of recognition, go to Spike’s Trophies, the famous Philadelphia trophy company.

Focusing on Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Allen Iverson

Home to the nationally famous Spike’s Trophies where you can get all your sports ribbons in PA, Philadelphia is also home to the NBA’s 76ers. Beginning from when he was drafted by them (first overall in 1996) to when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets ten years later, Allen Iverson was the talk of the town for a decade. Listed at the limited height of six feet tall (short by the NBA’s standards) Allen was the ultimate underdog. Although off the court he found himself in some precarious situations, on the court he was an absolute stud. Here is a list of SOME of his accomplishments:

Drafted 1st Overall
– Shortest player ever to be taken first at 6’ tall

NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
– Broke the rookie record of three straight games with at least 40 points set by Wilt Chamberlain. Allen had five straight games with 40 points, one of which he had 50.

11-time NBA All-Star (out of 14 seasons)
– 2 time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003)

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2016

The Philadelphia 76ers retired his number 3 jersey

The 2000-2001 Season

That season, Allen Iverson did just about everything – well, almost. Elected as a starter on the All-Star team at the midway point of the season, Iverson helped lead the Eastern Conference to victory, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

The 76ers finished the regular season atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 56 wins and 26 losses. Allen averaged, then a career best, 31.1 points per game for first in the league for the second time thus far. He also averaged a league-high 2.5 steals per game. All of this and more earned him the Most Valuable Player award, becoming the shortest and lightest player to do so.
In the playoffs, the 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, and the Milwaukee Bucks to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, this is where the Cinderella story comes to an end. Up against the star power of the Los Angeles Lakers, namely Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Sixers were no match.

One of the best to ever lace them up, Allen Iverson played right here in Philly, home to Spike’s Trophies where we have all you need when it comes to ribbons and awards in PA. Please check out the rest of our site to see our entire lineup of apparel and request a quote. If you have any questions, visit us in store, or call us at 855-652-4030.

Why You Need to Shop for Apparel Online at Spike’s Trophies

Everyone knows about Spike’s Trophies—especially if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area! Although we are famous nationwide, we are particularly well-known for our top-of-the-line sports trophies, ribbons, and awards we offer to our customers in and around PA. As you may not know, we also carry sportswear from all of the name brands:

● Adidas
● American Apparel
● Champion
● Columbia
● Dickies
● Econscious
● Fruit of the Loom
● Hanes
● New Balance
● Under Armour
● Plus over 50 more – browse our website to see the rest of the list

With so many colors, styles, and sizes to choose from—not to mention custom lettering or numbers—keeping track of bulk orders could be complicated, but our website makes it incredibly easy. You can filter our huge inventory by brand, gender, fabric, sleeve style or length, color, earth-friendliness, etc. There is even a tool to request a quote when you’re finished.

If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terminology when it comes to apparel, our online site has a comprehensive guide to any and every term. This glossary has vocabulary pertaining to different cuts, forms of knitting, weight, necklines, collar types, fits, materials, and so on. We want to make sure you know exactly what you’re ordering. After all, we’d hate for you to open your package when it arrives and discover that the jerseys you ordered are not what you expected.

We provide sportswear for athletes of all sizes and all ages. We’ve got t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, pants, shorts, headwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories. And we haven’t forgotten about infants and toddlers either. Spike’s Trophies has sizes for the little ones as well.

Not strictly for staying active, we’ve got quality casual wear that’s perfect for both style and comfort. Whether you’re going for a run, going out, or just hanging out, we’ll make you look good. There’s something for everyone to feel comfortable wearing!

For the most intuitive website in apparel, plaques, trophies, and baseball awards in PA, you need Spike’s Trophies. Feel free to browse our site to see our entire lineup of apparel and request a quote. If you have any further questions, visit us at our store in Philadelphia, or give us a call at 855-652-4030.

Are Participation Trophies Teaching the Right Values?

Are handing out participation trophies creating an entitled generation, or are they warranted and teaching the right values?

It’s an interesting debate.

Lots of parents seem to dislike it because a participation award sends the message that we are too easy on our children and aren’t teaching them the cruel realities of life. The kids, however, smile from ear-to-ear when they receive their awards and showcase them on their mantels.

Let’s discuss the arguments for and against participation trophies, according to Spike’s Trophies, a leading trophy manufacturer in Philadelphia.

The Argument For It

 

  • Rewarding Effort – Despite the record of a team and ability of an athlete, children should be rewarded for showing up to the practices, working hard, learning and improving their talents, and being there for his teammates. Making a commitment and keeping it should be recognized.
  • More To Sports Than Winning - Focusing on just winning and losing doesn’t emphasize the other lessons and values that are important. There is a time to recognize winning and losing, but not in the pre-teen years. Improvement is more important than wins and losses.
  • Better Than Sitting At Home - One of the reasons why children play sports is so they’re not sitting at home and playing video games or watching television all day long. That ribbon or trophy is an award for going out and doing something. There should be some value in that.

 

The Argument Against It

In August of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jerome Harrison came home disgusted that his two boys “earned” participation trophies. He went and sent them back.

Here’s what he had to say about it via his Instagram:

“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues

The people who oppose participation trophies say it builds entitlement and creates a false sense of self-importance. Too many trophies and awards devalues the meaning of accomplishment.

Get Your Trophies From Spike

Of course, we hope that you’re for participation awards and if you are looking for the best trophies in NJ and PA, look no further than Spike’s Trophies. We encourage you to visit our website at http://gospikes.com or give us a call at 855-652-4030.

 

Congratulations to Neumann University on a Fantastic Season!

As the minutes ticked down in the second half of Neumann University’s CSAC Championship Game against Gwynedd Mercy University, the outcome was already in doubt.

The only question left unanswered was where did Neumann get their championship banner, plaque and tee shirts from?

Spike’s Trophies of course!

Nuemann routed Gwynedd Mercy 77-53 in that title game in late February. DeShawn Lowman scored 25 points, Carl Wallace added 12 and Darian Barnes recorded 10 blocks for the Knights, who outscored Gwynedd Mercy 47-25 in the first half en route to the easy victory.

Spike’s Trophies released the following statement on Neumann University’s monumental triumph.

Congratulations to Neumann University on winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship!  Proud to be able to manufacture and supply the Championship Banner, Plaque, and Tee Shirts for the CSAC Champs!!”.

The Knights went an impressive 25-2 during the regular season and they were a point and an overtime away from perfection. They stifled their opponents in the conference tournament, holding each team to 20 points below their team average.

Neumann headed into the Division III NCAA Tournament seeking its first tournament win in school history and riding a huge wave of momentum.

Unfortunately, that elusive tournament win will have to wait a little while longer.

Nichols shattered those hopes with a thrilling 96-93 victory in the opening round. Neumann was one of the 64 teams to make the tournament two years ago, but lost on the road. This time they got to host the first-round game.

Supplying the Champions

Like Neumann University, if you’re a school or team that is looking to commemorate your special season with a plaque, banner or tee-shirt, make sure to give us a call. We sell the best trophies in PA and NJ.

We offer a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles for our trophies in NJ and PA. We also have a wide assortment of styles of wood, stone, marbles, resins, acrylics, metals and glass to work with. We will make sure your season gets recognized properly with our products. We’ve been committed to quality and excellence since 1929.

If you’re interested in any of our products or are lookiong to gather more information, feel free to check out our website at http://gospikes.com or give us a call at 855-862-4030.

Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Kobe Bryant

In addition to being the home of Spike’s Trophies, Philadelphia has been the birthplace of a number of notable athletes. Maybe it’s the attitude of the city, maybe it’s the large number of gyms and recreation centers in the area, maybe it’s something in the water, whatever the reason, some of the world’s most impressive athletes hail from the same city that we’ve been making crystal awards in for over 85 years.

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Kobe Bean Bryant was born in Philadelphia in August of 1978. Kobe’s father, Joe Bryant was an NBA player at the time of Kobe’s birth but by 1984, his career brought him to an Italian basketball team. Kobe spent several years in Italy, learning to speak the language fluently and even becoming a young phenom in the sport of soccer.

 

By 1991, Kobe was back in the states and began playing basketball at Lower Merion High School where he became the first freshman in more than two decades to play on the varsity team. Bryant immediately established himself as a prospect for the NBA, being named the Pennsylvania Player of The Year in his junior season.

 

Despite major attention from D1 colleges in his senior year, Kobe Bryant became the first player at the guard position to ever be drafted out of high school in 1996. Selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, Kobe was immediately traded to the team he would spend all 20 years of his career with, The Los Angeles Lakers.

 

Benched in the first games of the 1996-1997 season, Kobe would become the youngest NBA starter on record and won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie. Bryant was a fan-favorite before his first season was even over. Suffering two bitter western conference losses in his first two years in the NBA, The Lakers doubled down on Kobe, extending his contract and shedding their other two star shooting guards (Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel).

 

Kobe Bryant and The Lakers won three consecutive NBA Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In the seasons that followed, Bryant would set a number of records including the second most points ever scored in a game (first place is still held by Wilt Chamberlain) and most three-pointers scored in a game (a record broken this season by Stephen Curry). Kobe went on to win two more NBA championships, winning five championship trophies in total.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe remained a fierce competitor up until his final game, never losing his status as a starting player when healthy. During the last three years of his career (2013-2016), Bryant was plagued by injuries, finally deciding to retire in his twentieth season.

 

Kobe carved out his place among the elite basketball players of all time, often being mentioned in the same breath as names like Olajuwon, Jordan, Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. As one of Philadelphia and the NBA’s greats, his legacy will endure for quite some time.

The Golden Globe Awards Statuette

One of the most prestigious award ceremonies for television and movies will be taking place on January 8, 2017. The upcoming 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards is meant to honor the best in film and American television in 2016. Some of the categories include Best Motion Picture, Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Best Supporting Performance, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Series, Best Performance in a Series, and much more. We think you get the idea.

 

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we’re one of the top makers of custom plaques and trophies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One of our favorite parts of the Golden Globe Awards is when each of the selected winners receives their own brilliant statuette. Not only do these awards look beautiful, but they also represent a special time in that person’s or team of people’s lives. We believe that this moment captures the reason why trophies exist in the first place – to recognize a special achievement or commemorate a special event.

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Facts about the Golden Globe Statuette

 

This award is one of the most coveted in the world when it comes to the entertainment industry. Here are a few facts about the Golden Globe Statuette:

 

  • The award typically costs about $800 to manufacture.
  • On average, a win is worth about $14 million for a movie because of the boost in revenues.
  • The prize is a 24-karat-gold-plated statuette resting atop a marble pedestal.
  • The design is a globe wrapped in a film strip, which was decided back in 1945.
  • It’s 10.75 inches tall and weighs 5.5 pounds.

 

Celebrate your own event

 

If you’ve been inspired by the Golden Globe Awards, we can help you customize your own awards and prizes here at Spike’s Trophies. We’ll make anything from acrylic awards to crystal awards as well as medals, pins, promotional products, and more. Whether you’d like to thank a friend or family member for their love and support or motivate your associates and employees, you can count on us!

 

To learn more about making trophies and awards inspired by the Golden Globes, contact us at 855-652-4030 or go to http://www.gospikes.com/.

Famous Philly Athletes: Wilt Chamberlain

At Spike’s Trophies, we’re proud to be a part of Philadelphia. Our city has given the world talented actors, athletes and artists. We’re always especially proud to see people from our hometown receive the recognition they deserve. This month, we’re featuring one of the greatest centers of all time, Wilt Chamberlain.

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Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia in 1936 (seven years after Spike’s was founded). Growing up in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, Wilt’s prowess as a basketball player was evident from his freshman year of highschool when he led the Overbrook Panthers to the city championship. Going to Kansas University, Chamberlain immediately became a sports sensation, shattering college records and dealing with racism whenever the team played in the south.

 

Wilt graduated KU early and due to NBA regulations at the time, could not be drafted by a team for a year. From 1958-1959, Wilt “The Big Dipper” Chamberlain joined The Harlem Globetrotters, a time he remembered fondly throughout his life. Wilt enjoyed being a part of the Globetrotters so much that he often returned to the team during the NBA offseason.

 

In 1959, Wilt Chamberlain was selected by the Philadelphia Warriors. In his first season, he broke the single-season scoring record, doing so in 52 games. Wilt continued to be a star throughout his second season, breaking his own scoring record and breaking rebounding records as well. In his third season in the NBA, “The Big Dipper” set scoring records that have never been threatened. In 1962, Wilt averaged 50.4 points-per-game, set the single-game scoring record with 100 pts against the New York Knicks and became the only NBA player to ever score more than 4,000 points in a season.

 

It wouldn’t be until 1967 that Chamberlain would win an NBA championship. In his lowest scoring season ever (a still impressive 24.1 ppg), Wilt brought a title home to Philadelphia with the newly created 76ers, ending the Boston Celtics eight-year winning streak.

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Wilt would be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and end his NBA career there in 1972. He would win only one more championship before his retirement. From 1974-1979, Chamberlain played professional volleyball, earning his spot in The Volleyball Hall of Fame, becoming one of only a few professional athletes to be enshrined in two professional halls of fame.

 

Wilt Chamberlain passed away in 1999 due to heart issues. He is often credited as one of the major forces behind the popularization of the NBA.

 

Wilt earned dozens of commemorations during and after his professional basketball career. To see some of the commemorations we offer from glass awards to plaques for the star in your life, visit http://www.gospikes.com/.

 

 

The WBC Welterweight Title

Here at Spike’s Trophies, all awards means something special.

 

Having been stunned in the last round, a fighter steps out of their corner with their feet back under them. He’s cautious, having been caught with a powerful left hook just minutes ago. The referee signals that both fighters may approach each other. Looking into his opponent’s eyes, the fighter can see that he intends to finish the fight in this round. The fighter steps into his opponent’s range and delivers a powerful jab to the head, receiving a right hook to the body in return. The fighter takes a step back, his opponent continues forward, intending to land a combination. The fighter slips a jab, then ducks under a wild haymaker that would have sent him reeling. The fighter, still ducking, returns an uppercut, then a hook, then another hook, all landing flush, he finishes his combination with a powerful straight, sending his opponent to the canvas. The referee begins his count. One. Two. Three…

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Boxing is an incredible sport, steeped in well over a century of international history. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, chances are that you know at least a few names of the champions. In fact, Muhammad Ali was considered by TIME Magazine to be the most recognizable athlete of the 20th century.

 

The World Boxing Council was formed in 1963 as a body that would evaluate boxers on a truly international field. Today, the WBC is one of four different major bodies that organizes boxing events and awards champions across all major weight classes.

 

At the beginning of 2016, the WBC awarded Philadelphia’s own Danny “Swift” Garcia the welterweight championship, a belt he successfully defended in his hometown just a few weeks ago. With a record of 33 wins and no losses, “Swift” is a fighter with a chance to go down as one of the greats in the sport. Hailing from the city of brotherly love, we here at Spike’s are particularly happy to see him continue to make waves in the world of boxing. Garcia holds the same belt that was once won by Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and many others.

 

In 2017, Garcia will face his toughest opponent yet, Robert Thurman. At Spike’s Trophies, we’re looking forward to seeing Danny go on to be one of the greatest to ever set foot in the ring.

 

To learn more about everything Spike’s has to offer, from glass awards to championship belts visit us at http://www.gospikes.com/.