Trophies are given out all the time, for all sorts of reasons, to all different types of people. Companies win awards for excellence in business, students win awards in academia, and many athletes win awards for participating in sporting events. A trophy is a great way to celebrate hard work, dedication, and effort. But have you ever considered where a trophy comes from or how one is built?
When you receive a trophy, it is likely presented to you in one assembled piece. You’ll see a figure atop some sort of pedestal or column, which is likely resting on some sort of base. However, trophies can start out in as many as ten different parts, depending on the specifications of how you want to build your award.
The first step in building your trophy is to select what type of sport or activity you are interested in. Trophies are always available in popular sports like baseball, soccer, basketball, football, etc. But don’t fret if you don’t play a “regular” sport! Many trophies are also available in “oddball” sports such as cornhole, bocce ball, or chili cook-offs, just to name a few. If you play it, there’s probably a trophy out there for you!
Once you’ve decided on a sport, you’ll then want to choose your figure. The figure most often sits on top of the trophy, and is one of the most important parts of the entire award. Figures are available for almost every activity and come in many shapes and sizes. A figure might be a soccer player doing a bicycle kick, a baseball glove, or two hockey players battling for the puck. No matter what figure you choose, it’s sure to make your trophy your own.
The next step in the trophy building process is to pick out what type of column you want. Columns are available in a variety of colors, designs, shapes, and sizes, allowing you to customize your trophy to your very own specifications. Classic wood columns, ocean wave columns, and lightning bolt columns are some of the most popular columns in the trophy business, but there are dozens to choose from. The column is usually the biggest part of the trophy, so make sure you choose one that you love!
Your award is almost complete, and there is just one last step left in the trophy building process: engraving. Personalizing your trophy with engraving is the best way to show your appreciation and make your trophy one-of-a-kind. The most common engraving lines include the recipient’s name, a congratulatory phrase, and the date of the awards event. What will your award say? What will it look like as a finished product? Post your own trophies in the comments below!