Go Planet Design Launches Play Strong®


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!


Youth Sports – Are We Having Fun Yet?

Seems the days of playing for hours, unsupervised with friends out in the woods or in the neighborhood vacant lot are long gone. Unfortunate, those were good times! While I love (and have coached many) youth sports, I sometimes wonder if the kids are having as much fun as we used to. I also wonder if some of the old sayings like “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” have lost much of their luster in our win-at-all-costs, professional-athletes-as-god culture…anyhow, here’s the third installment of fun sports celebration dances…for the love of the game! (Illustrated Sports #28 )