Bumblebee’s roots date back to 1991 as a product fundraising company that was designed to help schools, groups and organizations raise money. What began as a mom and pop operation has blossomed into the largest team sports dealer in Central Kentucky. In 2009, Bumblebee Team Sports LLC was formed to purchase the operating assets of the Team Sports division and run as a stand-alone company from Bumblebee Fund Raising. We are proud to have many elite high school and university accounts such as Georgetown College, Woodford County High School, Bryan Station High School, Henry Clay High School, George Rogers Clark High School, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury University and University of Kentucky Athletics. We’ve worked hard over the years to assemble a top-quality staff and deep customer base. Bumblebee Team Sports is founded upon four principles that guide our operation in the short and long term.
If we tell our customer (whether it is 12 t-shirts for Little Kicker’s or football uniforms for EKU Football) – that an order will be ready – we stand behind what we say. We produce 94.3% of our orders within our 23,000 square foot facility. We do everything within our power to not only meet the delivery expectations, but exceed them.
We have invested heavily in screen printing, embroidery, heat press and graphics arts technology that places our production capabilities high above many others in the industry. It is not uncommon for a manufacturer to ask our in-house production department for advice on printing or embroidering a new type of material or to test a new type of decoration.
Eleven of our 28 employees coached youth sports at one-time or another. Our production department has over 130 combined years of apparel decoration experience. Two of the owners were the CEO and CFO of a publicly traded bank in Eastern Kentucky. Chris Hiler, one of our original salespeople has a saying of “he/she knows ball” – he uses this phrase in reference to someone either getting it, or not getting it. At Bumblebee Team Sports – we know ball.
We appreciate the partnerships with our customers as well as our manufacturers. We feel our customers greatly value the partnership as well. Partnerships go both ways – there is give and take on both sides. If a sports program supports our company and employees – Bumblebee Team Sports will go out of its way to return the favor. Whether printing t-shirts on a Sunday night to celebrate a 6A State Championship for Scott County Football or donating to a golf scramble to help a team raise money for their spring break trip – we are there with as much support as possible. We are especially proud of our partnership with adidas. In five short years with adidas, we have gained elite three stripe status and are one of the 20 largest adidas team dealers in the nation.
We are quite proud of the business that we’ve built with our many partners in the past and we look forward to serving organizations throughout Kentucky for many more years to come.