RushOrderTees wraps up #MySixersTee Design Contest with the Philadelphia 76ers
January 28, 2021
This past week, we were honored to announce the winner of our very first fan t-shirt design contest, an exciting part of our partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. When first creating the contest, our goal was to find the most creative expression of Sixers spirit in Philadelphia. In the end, the entries we received were above and beyond our expectations.
In search of Philly’s #MySixersTee
The #MySixersTee design contest followed our #MadeinPhila event at the Sixers vs. Warriors game, where all game attendees received an exclusive MadeinPhila t-shirt.
The popularity of the #MadeinPhila tee inspired us to create a contest calling for Philadelphia fans to design the next Sixers game day t-shirt. The winning design entry would be printed on 2,500 shirts and distributed at the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th.
To get the ball spinning, we teamed up with some of the people at the 76ers to build a customized version of our design studio, which included 76ers logos and clipart that was available exclusively to fans entering the contest. Fans could also upload their designs straight to Facebook or Twitter, tagging RushOrderTees, the Sixers, and the #MySixersTee contest.
A close call
At midnight on Tuesday, March 21, the contest was closed and it was decision time. Our judging panel, a team comprised of both 76ers and Rush Order Tees staff, was blown away when we took a final look at the hundreds of impressive designs we received. After mulling it over for a few days, we were finally able to narrow it down to just three entries.
When it came time to make the final call, our judges went with the one entry that stood out to them from the very beginning–the design depicting Sixers forward Dario Saric as “The Homie Dario.” It just so happened that April 8th is Dario’s birthday.
The Homie Dario
The designer of our winning “The Homie Dario” t-shirt is Joe Pekula, a New Jersey-based graphic designer who could not have been any more excited to win. Joe happens to design apparel for a Philadelphia sports-themed apparel company called Veterans Shirtium. Needless to say, he’s a HUGE Philly sports fan.
When Joe found out we were going to print his design on 2,500 of the official game day t-shirts, he was stoked. Joe, along with our two runners up Brain and Brad, will receive two club box suite tickets to the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th, where they’ll get to watch fans jump over each other to catch their own #MySixersTee.
The Homie Dario shirts will also be worn by Wells Fargo Center staff, media, and–as a special bonus in recognition of Dario’s birthday–each of the 76ers players.
Congratulations to Joe, Brain, Brad, and all of the other talented artists who entered our #MySixersTee design contest! Look out for more opportunities to win game tickets and more in the future!
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