Co-owners of FanStand Prints Rory Underwood and Kory Seitz hope their bigger than life keepsakes hit a homerun in the team fundraising arena.
FanStand Prints, a rising company, offers custom high quality products using your favorite photo images. Wouldn’t it be great to take a precious photo of your son catching a baseball or your daughter dancing with her team, and transform it into a plush blanket or stunning wall decal for their bedroom? Well, now you can take advantage of transferring your snapshots into lifelong mementos with FanStand Prints. What’s more, schools and other sports facilities can have custom wind screens or banners placed on their fields, enhancing the façade of their domain, making it appear sufficiently sophisticated to all the fans.
“I would have absolutely loved having an action shot of myself when I was a kid,” says Kory Seitz, co-owner of FanStand Prints. “My mom once made me a quilt, piecing different memories of me in several sports that I played which meant a lot to me… but I would have been so thrilled to see my face up on a personalized banner of the facility where I played.”
This concept has actually been realized at Westfield High School when the baseball coach, last spring, asked FanStand Prints to dress their field with mesh windscreens featuring their seniors. These banners looked so incredible that the Westfield football team, this fall, has decided to highlight each of its seniors along with the cheerleaders on 33 banners.
Rory's daughter, Paige, models a custom throw blanket.
“These products sell themselves,” says Seitz, who has also sold banners to the Carmel High School volleyball team. He is also talking with other prospects on the college level, such as Indiana Wesleyan University, about making banners for the soccer team. Seitz continues, “We are not restricted to just printing sports items. We can print everything from baby blankets and other individualized images to 4-H, band, and more. No event group is off limits.”
FanStand Prints specializes in three main products: banners/windscreens, blankets and wall decals. The unique feature about this company is how it transfers the image from a photo onto a custom template or background of your choice. In fact, you can even choose to design your product by highlighting an image of your child in color with the background set in black and white for special emphasis.
Placing an order online requires just three easy steps. First, choose your product (banner, blanket or decal). Second, choose your template or background. Third, upload your photo. Due to the sizing of the products, the photos submitted should represent high quality (DPI of 300 or better). If the production crew does not feel your photo is satisfactory, they will notify you in advance and work with you on another option.
Promoting Student Athletes While Giving Back at the Same Time
The main goal of FanStand Prints is to help supplement the rising costs of organized sports. With schools charging participation fees and travel costs, it has the opportunity to offer a one-of-a-kind product to promote student athletes while giving back at the same time. Sports fans can take advantage of this opportunity either by the “Partnership Program” or by “Team Fundraising Options.”
The “Partnership Program” allows teams to earn a profit and offer discounts to their athletes. If players on a particular team, and all their respective fans (family and friends ) enter a given code when purchasing products, 10% of all sales can either be paid directly to the program or discounted for their athletes.
Another clever way to benefit from using FanStand Prints is by “Team Fundraising.” Can you believe a minimum amount of 50% of a fundraiser package will be given back to the program? For example, suppose your high school athlete finds a company to sponsor him/her. Similar to a golf outing, the sponsor can choose a level of fundraising with which to participate.
The athlete will receive a special keepsake in return – a 4×6 personal banner! Plus, the sponsor will receive recognition on the banner of the athlete they sponsor, which is hung on the school’s facility grounds. Furthermore, the higher the level of sponsorship, the more money your program makes and the more the athlete receives with free items.
“When it comes to fundraising, what parent or kid wouldn’t be enthused about getting something to keep as a memory and at the same time, dressing up the facility?” asks Seitz, who says he was happy to jump on board this opportunity with FanStand Prints.
“Kory approached me with this concept and not only was I excited about the product but so were many of the people I shared it with,” says Rory Underwood, co-owner of FanStand Prints. “It ties in with my ownership of the The Strike Zone baseball facility and seemed like a good way for me to continue my interest in supporting and promoting youth sports in the community. We hope to be able to work with schools, youth teams… etc. to offer some fundraising opportunities as a way to give back.”
Seitz welcomes anyone who would be interested in becoming a sales representative. He suggests, “Anyone having connections with sports from youth leagues to college level would be a good fit with our company. There’s no specific time commitment necessary for being a rep for us. You can either work part time with people you already know, or full time, if you want to replace an existing job.”
For more information, please contact Kory Seitz (Kory@fanstandprints) and/or visit the website (www.fanstandprints.com).