Sporthletics started in 2008 not long before I graduated from high school. It started of with my dad offering to make the team shirts for our running club. Having ran his own print shop in college, my dad was confident in his abilities.
While we didn't have the equipment necessary for this, my dad, ever the optimist, managed to scrounge together the materials to make the shirts. By some miracle, our first job ever was created in Microsoft Word and it was a success!
Not satisfied with the limitations of a word processing program, and not knowing anything about shirt printing, I began to research. I popped into Fry's, bought a student's edition of Illustrator and Photoshop and began my work.
As I learned more about the printing process, orders began to pour in. By word of mouth, our hard work began to pay off.
Soon, we were at a point were we had the opportunity to grow our little business. We started by adding a 6 color printing press to our workshop. It was so big, we had to dismantle our older, used 4 color press to make room for the new one.
We also began to expand on what we offered. We started offering sublimated work in 2009, and recently, we added a DTG printer to our little shop.
Today, we work with several schools making team shirts. We have also worked with a number of Southern California sporting organizations and have produced thousands of shirts for local sporting events.
Our dream is to one day open up a brick and mortar store. Hopefully, that day isn't too far away.
Who we are.
Lupita. Printer. Designer. Shipper.
I am a twenty-five year old college grad. I handle the online aspect of our shop, the designs, the shipping, and I brainstorm with my dad about potential new ideas and designs.
Miguel. Printer. Designer. Maker.
A runner of 40 years and an inventive person by nature, my dad is always coming up with new ideas. He handles our screens, prints some of our shirts when I can't, and builds our medal holders and some of our other items.
Sofia. Printer. Inventory.
My mom is one of our biggest supporters. She helps manage our inventory and places orders when we're low on stock. She knows our items front and back.
She is marathon crazy and is working towards qualifying for Boston.
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