A baller is someone who’s got “game,” on or off the court. “Baller bands” began production by Nike after the Livestrong craze hit. The original versions featured the Nike logo, phrases such as “Just Do It,” and big names such as LeBron James or Michael Jordan.
Nike’s baller bands are no longer in production. You can bid for limited edition baller bands on sites such as eBay, or if you’re looking to create your own team wristbands or fitness motivation, try our sports wristbands or custom band builder.
Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG bands originally popularized the silicone wristband as a way to raise money for cancer. Although the popularity of the LIVESTRONG cancer bracelets has since faded, the use of wristbands among sports teams and organizations has remained a great way to create awareness, build team unity, or remember personal messages.
Here are some ways sports teams and clubs have used wristbands:
* Remember a fallen teammate
For examples of how teams used wristbands after tragedy to honor and memorialize fallen teammates, click here.
* Show support for a cause or build awareness
A team unified not only in uniform but in awareness bracelets makes a bold statement and uses the notoriety that comes from sports for a great cause. For an example of how the Utah State University football team raised awareness for Hurricane Katrina victims, click here.
Selling wristbands can be a great way to raise money for your team — to cover travel expenses, go towards equipment costs, or support a team member who can’t afford to play. Here is one example of how a sled hockey Paralympian used wristbands to fund training. Relay teams also used wristbands to raise money for an upcoming race.
* Personal reminder
Whether it’s a reminder of different plays, a personal reminder of family, goals, etc, or a subtle message of encouragement, a message at one’s wrist keeps focus on what’s important when playing the game.
* Build school or team spirit and unity
Wristbands are a great way for teams, schools, families, local residents, and fans to build solidarity and show support. Ohio Northern University used wristbands to intimidate the other team, motivate players and ultimately beat their opponent.
“The wristbands played a major role in our win,” said the head coach.
* Support someone
If a teammate, fan, family member, coach, friend or school administrator is going through a challenge or difficult time, wristbands can be a great means of support and way to show love and appreciation, on the field or off.
For example, when an elementary school student was diagnosed with cancer, her soccer teammates began wearing “Strong as Steele” cancer bracelets on their ankles whenever they played. The wristbands were also distributed to the community.
* Tournaments and competitions
Wristbands can be a great way to commemorate competition or tournament participants, or demonstrate support for competing factions, teams or countries, even in competitions as big as the World Cup or the upcoming Olympics.
* Celebrate successes
Custom wristbands can be used to reward team players and supporters with a long-lasting, wearable reminder of their hard work.
For more ideas of how to use wristbands in sports, check here. Or read the following recommendations from Reminderband wristband customers:
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Tyrus Thomas has taken criticism from the media, been insulted on national television by Charles Barkley, and watched his playing time rise and fall frequently during his rookie season. But whenever Thomas hits times of trouble with the Bulls, all he has to do is look at his left wrist to put the NBA world into perspective.
Thomas wears a rubber bracelet honoring longtime friend Ryan “The Franchise” Francis, who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., while riding in the passenger seat of a car on May 14, 2006.
Sometimes before games, Thomas writes Francis’ name on his shoes, along with the No. 12 his friend wore as a freshman point guard at USC.
“He definitely keeps me focused and keeps me going at the task at hand,” Thomas said. “I write it on my shoes sometimes. But just being on my wrist, I mean, you’ve got to see your wrist all the time. I haven’t taken (the bracelet) off since I got it.”
The Bulls’ Tyrus Thomas wears a bracelet to honor friend Ryan Francis, who was shot and killed in May 2006. (Associated Press)
Thomas guessed that he first met Francis when they were 7 or 8 years old.
“We played almost every day, like pickup, rec ball or biddy ball,” Thomas recalled. “When we got to high school, we went to rival schools.
“He was just a good kid. You ask anybody, they’d say the same. He was the best. A good person. You loved to be around him.”
When asked about Francis, Thomas’ face doesn’t turn sad. Instead, he smiled while recounting memories of his lost friend.
“He was just like one of them guys; you could never be mad at him,” Thomas said. “Even if you were mad at him, you couldn’t be mad at him. He would do something stupid and you’d try. But he was always laughing, always smiling, always clowning around.
“Just one of those guys if you were having a bad day and you were around him, you’d forget about whatever happened. He was just one of those special people.”
Francis wasn’t a bad basketball player, either. He led his high school to an undefeated season and Louisiana state championship as a senior, and then started at point guard during his first year at USC.
“He was more excited for me when I put my name in the (NBA) draft than I was, I think,” Thomas said.
16-year old Ben Lyman was killed on June 23rd when he dove 30 feet off a bridge over Bear River near Logan Utah. The accidental death stunned his teammates on the football team at Sky View High School, and they decided to dedicate their season in Ben’s honor. And what a season it has been.The Bobcats are 8-0 for the first time in school history, and will be one of the favorites to win their first state title in school history. The Bobcats wear custom wristbands from Reminderband that say, “Remember Ben,” and they tap his #25 jersey every time they step onto the field.
Hard work and precision execution are big reasons why the Bobcats are undefeated. But they say an even bigger reason is they feel Ben with them every time they play.