Since its conception in 1970, the annual Earth Day celebrations helps to create a renewed awareness of the environment and the ways in which we can help preserve it.
The fight for a cleaner environment continues on with an even greater urgency. This year, Sport Science wants to shed light on the use of plastic bags and the negative impact they have on our earth… not only due to the waste they generate, but also the natural resources needed to manufacture them.
Sport Science staffers rely heavily on our MultiPak to cut down our uses of plastic bags. Because it can be used a tote, a backpack or folded up as a pouch, it’s relevant for almost every activity - biking to work, heading to the market, enjoying weekend outings – its uses are endless. However, even if you don’t use our MultiPak, we urge you to be more conscious of your uses and your environmental footprint.
We are pleased to join the Road Runner’s Club of America in announcing the finalists of the 5th annual RRCA National Race Shirt Contest. Sifting through all the entries, the panel of judges had a difficult time deciding their favorite race shirt design. Alas, here they are…
Designs will be presented at the 54th annual RRCA Convention held in Albuqueque, NM, May 2-5, 2013 where attendees will vote for their favorite design. The winning running club will win $250 worth of Sport Science performance clothing to use for their next event.
Sport Science would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to those effected by the events at the Boston Marathon. During times of such unspeakable tragedy, it’s reassuring to see not only the running community come together, but the nation. Our hearts go out to you.
We’re often asked why it’s preferable to wear performance clothing, specifically performance tshirts, during your sweat sessions… What are the benefits? Will I really notice a difference? Does anyone really care? Well, yes, yes and yes.
The human body temperature is naturally regulated through a series of biological processes called “thermo-regulation.” These processes are designed to keep the body temperature within an optimum range called the “thermo-neutral zone.” When this optimum temperature is exceeded, the body operates with less efficiency.
The main benefit of performance clothing is its ability to assist in regulating your body temperature better than non-performance clothing. When the body produces excessive amounts of sweat, the body uses its energy to try to keep cool.
If the sweat isn’t wicked away quickly, the body core temperature heats up, producing even more sweat. Therefore, performance t-shirts (and other performance clothing) stabilizes your body’s core temperature by pulling moisture away from your body (wicking) and forcing that moisture to evaporate (quick-drying) – this process, in turn, maximizes your performance and comfort.
So, stop wearing your sweat!
Sport Science™ offers the only fully performance enhancing tie-dye shirt available. We looked back to see how this came to be…
Tie-dye dates back to ancient times; some assume that in the story of Joseph, in the Bible’s Old Testament, his beautiful coat of many colors could have been tie-dyed. The process became fully developed in China during the T’ang dynasty (618-906 A.D.) and in Japan during the Nara period (552-794 A.D.). These cultures tied and dyed the threads before weaving their cloth – creating the method known today as ikat.
Later, from about 1568 to 1603 in many of the same eastern cultures, tsujigahana reached its height. This is the art of combining tie-dye with ornamental drawing.
Varied styles of tie-dye emerged to distinguish the different nations of Africa and the Indian tie-dye technique of Bandhani is still practiced today.
Tie-dye first became popular in he U.S during the Roaring ’20s. Pamphlets were distributed that gave directions on how to decorate your home with tie-dye and girls cut up cotton flour saks during the Great Depression and tie-dyed them, sewing them into clothes or tablecloths.
Tie-dye came back to style in America in the 1960′s when a movement emerged among young people that emphasized individuality. People made personal statements by tie-dying their clothes with their own color combinations.
Since the 1980′s, tie-dye has reemerged as a highly skilled and labor-intensive art form and can be seen from the runways in Paris and Milan to souvenir shops at popular beaches and tourist destinations.
The bidding has begun! Wilderness Volunteers launched their 3rd annual online auction this week and we’re honored to join many reputable brands on the auction block to help WV raise money for their 16th project season.
Established in 1997, Wilderness Volunteers in a non-profit organization that promotes volunteer service to America’s wilderness through various trips and projects. They work with several public land agencies, including the National Park Service to organize a variety of outdoor volunteer service projects that follow Leave No Trace skills and ethics.
A $50 gift certificate to the Sport Science webstore is now available to bid on. This gift certificate can be used towards any Sport Science performance t-shirts and other apparel and products.
There’s now and easier way for small teams and groups to flaunt custom shirts touting their identity… Sport Science launches its Team Dealer program in specialty running and outdoor stores across the country. This program, which outfits small teams and groups in custom performance shirts for their races and events, allows customers to visit their local Sport Science Team Dealer for a seamless and cost-effective way for race participants to brand themselves.
Sport Science founder and owner, Neal Caplowe, explains, “racers’ options in customized performance apparel are limited – forcing teams to turn to apparel that is less than ideal for endurance events. We’re here to give teams fun, personalized performance enhancing clothing.” Contact your local retailer to see if they are participating in this program.
We have a fresh face in the house for 2013. We’re pleased to welcome Caroline Green to the Sport Science team. Working from our main office in Fairfax, VA, Caroline will take the helm to ensure that our customers are happy and satisfied. Caroline joins us with extensive Customer Service and Account Management experience and tells us that she loves working with Sport Science because “it’s great to go behind the scenes and really learn the spirit of this fun brand.”
Please help us in welcoming Caroline to the team!
To contact Caroline, please send an email to email@example.com.
Sport Science is thrilled to announce our partnership with GOOD.is in their Take Back Tuesday initiative, which calls to make Voting Day a national holiday. As part of this movement, Sport Science employees can rest easy as they head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, because they’ll be on a paid vacation day.
At the heart of the Take Back Tuesday movement is the question, “How can our democracy thrive when voting, perhaps our most broad-reaching civic duty, must be squeezed into what odd hours we can find for it?”
Do you even know why we vote on Tuesdays? Most Americans, even congressmen do not. Americans started voting on Tuesdays in 1845. At that time, most citizens had to pack up their horse and buggy and travel to the polls. To avoid travel on the Sabbath, it was decided that Tuesday was the logical voting day so citizens could travel on Monday. 167 years later this designated voting day just doesn’t make sense anymore. Perhaps the inconvenience of Tuesday voting is partially to blame for Americans abysmal voter turnout. Could it be that Americans aren’t voting because their work schedules don’t allow for travel time to the polls and the inevitable lines that follow?
Sport Science is not concerned with their employees’ candidate of choice, only that they show up at the polls and make a choice… and the company what it can to facilitate easy voting. Sport Science founder and president, Neal Caplowe, explains, “I feel we have become complacent about voting – we need to recommit ourselves. Voting is our most important responsibility in a democracy.”
GOOD’s voting movement is gaining attention among its online community members, including actor Rainn Wilson, who is an active member of the GOOD community and stars in the movement’s promotional video. While a number of businesses throughout the country have joined GOOD in this movement, Sport Science is the only apparel company registered at this time.
To further support this crusade, Sport Science is releasing a limited edition voting graphics. These graphics are available for purchase on the Sport Science website.
Sport Science believes in more than just performance, versatility and fun – although, we won’t deny LOVING those elements of our company and products. We also believe in doing our part where we can – both for the planet and the community.
Did you know that our most of our clothing is Made in the USA? – What we like to call, “Locally Sewn.” All of our Smarter Basic performance shirts are designed, engineered, spun, knit, dyed and sewn within a 125 mile radius.
There are two reasons behind our decision to manufacture domestically – 2 birds with 1 stone, if you will… By making most of our line in the USA, we do what we can to support our country’s economy and keep and, hopefully, create jobs stateside.
At the same time, we reduce our company’s carbon footprint. Sport Science supports a “greener” lifestyle so we can continue to enjoy the environment in which we do “whatever”! Most clothing factories are located in China. The distance between New York City and Hong Kong is approximately 8,000 miles. We’ve cut out nearly 7,850 miles of traveling and all the fuel that goes with it. Being green comes in many shapes and sizes, and they are all important and beneficial.