Football season is here! And it's a good reminder that fans of all sports are always looking for gear to cheer on their favorite teams. In my house, it's all about beach volleyball, competition cheerleading, soccer, lacrosse and softball. I've got three super-active girls, and you can bet that when I go to any of their events, I'm all decked out in their team colors, screaming my face off. When my daughter Birdie was on a volleyball team called "The Panthers," I came up with a Panthers "Roar" cheer for the parents on the sidelines. It left me voiceless for days.
I know how super-important fan gear is, not just for crazy parents like me, but anyone who loves a sport or team. So this issue is dedicated to everyone who's out there cheering on the sidelines. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com
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For Chilly Nights The Pitch: These adult-size Cheer Gloves from The Bubba Glove Company (asi/90704) that come in a variety of colors serve two purposes: They're stylish and they keep fans' hands nice and toasty under the Friday night lights. Another bonus: They have texting tips on the end of each finger so that you can type away on your smartphone. Custom logos can be applied to the palm of the hand. Pricing as low as $11.25 (V). The Bottom Line: These will be hot sellers for fall school fundraisers.
War Paint The Pitch: OK, I admit it; I've painted my face on occasion for my daughter's cheer competitions. But I'm not the only one who gets caught in the moment: Turn on the TV during any college sporting event and you'll see that face paint plays a big role. This pack of 3 Face Paint Sticks from WOWLine (asi/98360) in red, white and blue colors are ideal for schools, fundraisers, patriotic-themed events and more. They can be customized with a company name or logo. Pricing as low as $1.61 (R). The Bottom Line: The perfect way for fans to reveal their true colors.
Stylish Seating The Pitch: My Dad brings an old folding picnic-type chair (you know, the kind with the woven vinyl seating) to my daughter's soccer games. I've offered to buy him a fancy soccer-dad-type chair with built-in cup holders, but the chair suits him just fine. For those who prefer a little more stylish seating at games (my dad not included), these Front Row Seat Cushions from Ariel Premium Supply (asi/36730) are just the ticket. They feature an attached handle for easy transport to the sidelines and have a large imprint area. Pricing as low as $1.55 (R). The Bottom Line: Sports enthusiasts will clamor for these comfy cushions.
Make Some Noise! The Pitch: Not all noisemakers are appreciated by fans. At my daughter's AAU basketball tournament in Nashville a few years back, a woman was kicked out for blasting a police siren every time her daughter made a basket. These Inflatable Noisemaker Thundersticks from Above & Beyond Advertising Products (asi/30442) are a much more fun (and way less obnoxious) way to make some noise for your favorite team. They come in a variety of colors and start at just $1.98 (R) a pair. The Bottom Line: These personalized noisemakers will save fans' voices.
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