SportSketch365 #23 – Missile-Toe

It’s that time of year! I did this Missile-Toe Soccer Santa as part of a series of Sports Christmas cards for Play Strong® (Click to check out / purchase all of the cool Sports Santa Cards at Play Strong® Sports!)

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Go Planet Design Launches Play Strong®

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Go Planet Design, the sports illustration, design and promotions firm announced the launch of an inspirational new sports greeting card and gift brand, Play Strong®. In the often hyper-competetive world of youth sports, Play Strong® offers positive, high-impact and encouraging sports messages with original illustrations and designs on greeting cards, stationery, apparel, merchandise and gifts. Over twenty sports are represented (including basketball, soccer, water polo, football, baseball, volleyball, snowboarding, gymnastics, surfing, skateboarding, field hockey, ice hockey, golf, skiing, tennis, softball, swimming, lacrosse, wrestling and motocross).

Steve Shoff, president and creative director of Go Planet Design commented, “We believe that genuine encouragement and affirmation are two of the most vital and effective motivators of young athletes and their coaches. There’s something very special about gratitude and generous recognition that inspires the aspiring athlete. That’s what Play Strong® is all about.” The Play Strong® website includes a store, blog, wholesale page and more featuring fun, festive products and greeting cards for the holiday season. So this season, Play Strong® and unleash your inner champion!

Mets Broadcasters Support Great Charities

Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, beloved SNY broadcasters for the MLB Mets (again on top of the NL East) pitch in for some great causes…check out the video, the cool events, the GaryKeithandRon website (and check out the cool Go Planet Design/Steve Shoff illustrated and designed logo and t-shirts!)

Records Smashed At Paralympic Games

Less media coverage but loads of heart and incredible talent at the Beijing Paralympics 2008…including wheelchair rugby, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and much more, check it out!

Mets Broadcasters Pitch In For A Good Cause

One of my favorite illustration and t-shirt design projects this year has been for the world class, celebrity Mets and SNY TV broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling (aka. Gary, Keith and Ron). Lynn Cohen, wife of Mets play-by-play broadcaster Gary Cohen and director of the Pitch In For A Good Cause Foundation contacted me late last year with some ideas she had for their new website GaryKeithandRon.com, to benefit several of the broadcaster’s favorite charities. It’s a fun, interactive and informative website helping some very meaningful causes. Check it out, buy a t-shirt (over 12 designs, thousand already sold!) and pitch in! Terrific work Gary, Keith, Ron and Lynn!

Here’s the t-shirt design for Gary’s signature saying “It’s Outta Here!” (click to enlarge)

Football Rarin’ and Ready To Rumble

The fields near my house are already teaming with soccer and football practices, tournaments and games…the Pop Warner games are already in high gear…College football action’s already been exciting…NFL ready to rumble…we’re fired up in my house (picking the Chargers to go all the way!)…lots of football illustrations to come (Illustrated Sports #46)…who are your picks?

Tiger In Your Tank?

Summer’s over, school’s starting…incredible! What a great summer for sports! I did this kid-Tiger character illustration series for Tiger Sports…a line of youth oriented cool t-shirt and merchandise designs…soccer, football, baseball, hockey, basketball, lacrosse…good times! (Illustrated Sports #45)