Trystan Lago Awarded 2015 Scholarship

After reading each and every one of the thousands of scholarship entries for this year’s award, we have finally decided upon a winner. Before I announce who that person is, I’ll briefly explain the scholarship itself and how it is earned.

Each year, we give a $1,000 scholarship award to a deserving individual who we think exemplifies our values here at Sports Unlimited. We discover this person by asking our applicants (who must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college) to write a convincing and honest essay that answers that year’s prompt. One of our core values is to foster development and by helping a high school or college student-athlete continue his/her education, we hope to stay true to that value.

The 2015 scholarship prompt was to “describe a time when you’ve had to overcome adversity to succeed in a sport.” This style prompt allowed us to accept responses from thousands of applicants who have all participated in various sports whether that be baseball, cheerleading, ice skating, cross country, volleyball, football, martial arts, or one of many more sports. It was not easy to choose only one winner and we appreciate each and every response that we’ve received. Without meandering further, the 2015 winner of the Sports Unlimited Scholarship is…

Trystan Lago

Sports Unlimited Scholarship Winner ,Trystan Lago signing Trine Football Agreement
Sports Unlimited Scholarship Winner, Trystan Lago signs Trine Football Agreement

Trystan’s well-written essay epitomized an athlete’s ability to overcome adversity in a sport in order to succeed and we are truly proud to award him with this scholarship. He is an extremely deserving young man and we wish him all the best in his studies and athletic endeavors at Trine University this fall.

Here is a short excerpt of Trystan’s essay:

“Then, my greatest life disappointment came. My throwing wrist was fractured in the last game of my junior season. After two surgeries, 8 months in a cast, and sitting out spring football the offensive coach decided to start a 15-year-old sophomore who had played as quarterback while I was recovering. I had played quarterback my entire career. It was my love and passion, what kept that burning drive in me to succeed and I found out I would be sitting the bench my senior year. I knew that, without any senior year statistics or game film as quarterback, college football scholarships that had been just within my grasp would likely be impossible. I was extremely depressed, my grades dropped, I didn’t want to go to school, I told my Mom I didn’t care about anything, I was embarrassed and didn’t want to walk through the halls at school or sit with classmates at lunch. My Mom was very worried about me so she asked teachers and mentors at my school, Calvary Christian Academy, to support me. I had a decision to make, be angry and sit on the bench my senior season or ask the coach which position he wanted me to play instead of quarterback. I decided to lose my pride and make the best of the situation. My coach said he was impressed by my attitude, that we needed a wide receiver. Though I suffered my greatest life disappointment, I played as receiver supporting my team and encouraging the younger quarterback.”

Keep an eye out right here on the blog and on our dedicated Sports Unlimited Scholarship page for the new 2016 scholarship essay and survey for next year’s award.

 


Sports Unlimited Stops Hunger

Yesterday, the Sports Unlimited team took to our warehouse (the one with the sweet sports gear) and set up stations with the help of Stop Hunger Now in an effort to make 10,000 meals for hungry children. This wasn’t our first time helping this organization, but as a competitive bunch, we aimed to work faster and do better than last year.

Here are some photos that I took of the event…

 

stop hunger now boxes sports unlimited
And so it begins!
The first pour!
Byler pouring vegetables in
Byler uses his muscles to save children! Pour those vegetables!
Mary cracking jokes, I presume. Nothing wrong with having some fun while you work!
Mary cracking jokes, I presume! Nothing wrong with having some fun while you work!
Ally is the most serious person at this entire event.
Ally is the most serious person at this entire event.
Steve Sealing Stop Hunger Now Packets
Perfect form Steve! 10,000 more sets!
Hand model? No, just Steve. SN Modeling Group?
Hand model? No, just SN Modeling Group. Work it, Steve!
Kristy preparing for launch!  Jared Cook out there at the dock!
Kristy preparing for launch! Jared Cook out there at the dock!
Is Lou Magneto?
Is Lou Magneto?
Who is Lou staring down? What have they done to deserve this? Have they turned to ash?
Who is Lou staring down? What have they done to deserve this? Have they turned to ash?
Nothing is more stylish than hats over hair nets.
Nothing is more stylish than hats over hair nets.
Whatever Drew did, Rumer does not think it is funny.  Not one bit.
Whatever Drew did, Rumer does not think it is funny. Not one bit.
They seem to have reconciled in the name of ending hunger.
They seem to have reconciled in the name of ending hunger. Proud of you guys!
The Rumor montage continues with this focused shot of him pouring. You go Rumor!
The Rumer montage continues with this focused shot of him pouring. You go Rumer!
Dave goes reverse and rocks the hair net OVER the hat. That there is some stylish innovation to the original hat over hair net. What a twist!
Dave goes reverse and rocks the hair net OVER the hat. That there is some stylish innovation to the original hat over hair net. What a twist!
These guys don't mess around. You can tell it from the backwards caps!
These guys don’t mess around. You can tell it from the backwards caps!
Here we find Don "The Philosopher" Ball thinking deeply about something. Of what? We'll never know.
Here we find Don “The Philosopher” Ball thinking deeply about something. Of what? We’ll never know.
LOOK AT THAT TECHNIQUE.  Is that Byung-Hyun Kenny?
LOOK AT THAT TECHNIQUE. Is that Byung-Hyun Kenny?
Matt's no slouch in the tossing category either.  Can you say, PINPOINT?
Matt’s no slouch in the tossing category either. Can you say, PINPOINT?
Riley Lou-per out there making slick grabs... Maybe he prefers Jordan MatthLou?
Riley Lou-per out there making slick grabs… Maybe he prefers Jordan MatthLou? These captions are deteriorating, but I’m not. going. to. stop.
Byler is fearless!
Byler is fearless!
Eyes on the prize Carolyn. Looks like not everything is making it into the bag...
Eyes on the prize Carolyn. Looks like not everything is making it into the bag…
I put myself in harms way to get this shot. Was it worth it? Eh.
I put myself in harms way to get this shot. Was it worth it? Eh.
Drew struts around demanding attention with his newsboy style hair net over hat. Nothing will stop this man from feeding kids.
Drew struts around demanding attention with his newsboy style hair net over hat. Nothing will stop this man from feeding kids.
Drew's best pour yet. Newsboy for MVP!
Megan has no time for Drew even though this is his best pour yet. Newsboy for MVP!
Drew does what he wants, including Steve's job.
Drew does what he wants, including Steve’s job.
This is what 10,000 meals looks like. No joke here!
This is what 10,000 meals looks like. No joke here!
The efficiency is palpable!
The efficiency is palpable!
What a delicate hand-off!
What a delicate hand-off!
This is a picture of Dave!
This is a picture of Dave! Undoubtedly in a Penn State hat.
Don, Ryan, and Lou reminiscing about the Stop Hunger Event that ended 1 minute ago. Great stuff guys!
Don, Ryan, and Lou reminiscing about the Stop Hunger Event that ended 1 minute ago. Great stuff guys!
Superman approves this message.
Superman approves this message.

 

10,000 meals out to kids all over the world who need them. That’s not a sentence, but that’s what we did and it sure looks like we had fun doing it.

If you want to learn more about the effort to stop hunger, visit StopHungerNow.org.


Happy New Year (Sale)

If you’re looking for a great deal to close out the year and start the new year with a running start, you’re looking right at one. Take $20 off your order (over $100) because nothing says Happy New Year like twenty bucks in your pocket and some sweet new gear. New Year’s resolutions are a great for self-improvement and many resolutions are fitness related. We’d love to be a part of your resolution and help you out a bit by giving you a deal that kick-starts your fitness. Find the sale at SportsUnlimited.com.

Have a truly happy new year and may this year be your healthiest yet.


New 2015 Baseball Gear is Here

With new 2015 baseball gear from Easton, Evoshield, Rawlings, Wilson, and more, our baseball selection is living in the future, but available today. With brand new bat technology such as the Easton Torq and Mako series as well as new glove designs and colorways, 2015 will be a year that showcases the future of baseball. There’s no doubt that the best new baseball gear gives players a level of confidence that can’t otherwise be found, but the real trick to becoming the best is by practicing like the best.

One of our favorite pieces of gear this year is the Little League World Series Catcher’s Gear Set from Easton that was used in this past year’s LLWS. Using Easton Mako Chest and Leg Protectors as well as an advanced M7 Catcher’s Helmet, this catcher’s set is one of the best in the world and has the design and performance to back that up. Staying protected behind the plate is completely vital to being able to make successful plays and the LLWS Mako Set makes no sacrifices in protection while being designed to get the best performance possible from making snap throws, to blocks, to keeping cool and comfortable for the entirety of the game.

With multiple colorways, you can choose your team colors or just your favorite colors to make you stand out as the games best catcher. When it comes to youth baseball equipment, it doesn’t get much better.

Little League World Series Mako Catcher's Set

Get your 2015 gear early and get training.


The Gift of Gear

This year, give your favorite football players the gifts they really want: Football Gear. Shock him with an awesome pair of football receiver or lineman gloves in his stocking or even put a football helmet under the tree. It’s clear that football players have a deep attachment to the gear that they wear at practice and on the field, but the sight of brand new gear is something that resonates. Let him keep those NFL dreams alive this year.


Holiday Football Gear Sale

Coinciding with our sitewide holiday sale where you get $20 Off Orders Over $100, we are also running a holiday football sale that gives you 15% OFF FOOTBALL GEAR!

Holiday Football Sale

Whether you need a football helmet, shoulder pads, or just a wrist coach, this sale is for everyone who loves the game. No need for more explanation, 15% is the deal and it’s a deal worth taking!


Jingle Jingle Jingle – Holiday Sale

We’re keeping our holiday sales rolling with our Jingle sale this week where you can save $5, $15, or $25 depending on how much you spend at SportsUnlimited.com. These sales don’t last forever, so get your holiday shopping done with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery.

If you’re struggling to figure out the best holiday gifts for your friends and family this year, check out our Holiday Gift Guide for great gifts at any price range. Some of our favorite gifts to give are North Face Jackets, Under Armour ColdGear, and Fan Gear from the NFL, NCAA, MLB, etc!


Amazon Payments Is Here!

We’re happy to announce that we have added Amazon Payments to our checkout options on all devices! Do you have an Amazon account? If you do, this will make checkout super-easy. It’s as simple as clicking the Pay with Amazon button, putting in your Amazon password and then selecting from your saved addresses and stored payment methods and then sending the order! You won’t have to type in your address or credit card information if it’s already tied to your Amazon account. We’re proud of how easy, secure, and fast this process is because we want to get your products to you as fast as possible!


Holiday Hypnosis – $10 or $20 Off This Weekend!

If you hadn’t noticed, holiday season has definitely begun for gift-sellers, gift-buyers, and gift-givers. There are no two ways around it. The good news is that with the holiday season, come great sales and promotions and Sports Unlimited is no stranger to giving our customers the best deals. This weekend, we are giving you a crisp Hamilton or Jefferson to keep in your wallet for a few Starbucks drinks or a night at the movies. You don’t have to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get great deals, you can get them right now at SportsUnlimited.com. Happy holidays and happy weekend, make it a productive one!

Buy More Save More Holiday Sale


Holiday Specials! They Launch Today!

Well, the deals have arrived. This season we will be featuring different special holiday sales that can change at any time! The good news is that we’ve got a Holiday Specials Center that lets you know what deals are going on and an easy way to get to those exact products or even an entire category! Check our specials now as we launch the specials and check often because you might find the best deal out there this holiday season right at Sports Unlimited.

Don’t get stressed out by holiday shopping, believe it or not, it can be quite fun when you find the best deals. So, here are some of our best deals right now. Enjoy!

Holiday Specials from Sports Unlimited

Happy Holidays from Sports Unlimited. EXPLORE!