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Hometown Pride: Games People Play creates keepsakes for walks down memory lane

Odds are that if you’re wearing an Austin Packers t-shirt or a Lyle-Pacelli Athletics long-sleeve, it came from Games People Play.

The 36-year-old business has been a go-to place in Austin for all things hometown pride related. Custom designs, embroidery and screen printing, Games People Play can take a customer’s imagination and turn it into a keepsake that would last a lifetime.

That’s what drew Corey Anderson, store manager, to work at the shop. After 26 years of working at Games People Play, it’s a safe bet that he enjoys what he does.

Creating custom pieces for those who need uniforms, spirit wear or even just a fun event shirt that helps people look back on special memories is something that Anderson and staff take into account. The process of getting started isn’t challenging or tedious at all. Rather, it’s a simple step-by-step process that helps make a finished product.

“It’s very simple,” Anderson explained. “They come in and just tell us what they want and what the design needs to say. The artist then creates a couple items to choose from. They see a virtual proof, approve the logo, and then we go into production. I would say it takes up to three days to get a logo created. It’s quick.”

Games People Play has created numerous items for that special event or spirit wear to represent school pride such as hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants and even jerseys. The business doesn’t just have school wear either, as it also sells merchandise like the Eat. Drink. Shop Austin t-shirts that encourage supporting local businesses. Games People Play has also helped with creating the annual Paint the Town Pink apparel that promotes breast cancer research and fundraising at The Hormel Institute. For the hockey fans, there’s wear for those who want to support the Austin Bruins and rep them at the rink during game time.

“I think it’s a fun reward when you make a group t-shirts or whatever to sell in the store, and then go to a game and see it on people,” Anderson said. “When we come to the homecoming game, every shirt the people are wearing is from our store. It’s fun to see different designs that we were a part of designing, and it’s fun to see how things change.”

This past school year was a special one for Austin, when teams from Austin and Lyle-Pacelli made deep playoff runs. To remember the profoundness of this achievement, Anderson had commemorative shirts created that he would give to coaches and players for free.

“We make this logo and give it to every coach for free,” he said. “It’s always such fun to be a part of it.”

These things are more than just a piece of clothing, Anderson explained, because there are memories woven into the very fabric. Many of these items can be handed down or kept as a reminder of a certain event or game.

“I think it’s a pride thing,” he said. “They’re proud to wear something in Austin, whether it’s representing a sport or an event. It’s a keepsake they’ll have forever.”

For those looking to update their wardrobe for the upcoming school year, don’t miss these items at Games People Play:

Austin Packer Ladies Pennant Scuba Hoodie – $35

This stylish women’s fit sweatshirt comes with linear space dye performance fleece. For added flair, there’s a scuba style hood with black edge cuffs and bottom. Looking for a place to put keys or even your iPod during workouts? Don’t worry, the pouch pocket is the perfect place to hold personal items. For cooler mornings, the raglan sleeve comes with thumbholes. Anderson said that this piece is 100 percent polyester.

Austin Packer Men’s Pennant Short-Sleeve Warm-up Hoodie – $30

This type of item is essential for athletes wanting to still represent Austin High School. Anderson describes this to be a midweight performance interlock shirt with a brushed interior. The short sleeves and silver mesh-lined hood gives it an extra sporty look with active shape side opening and a matching drawcord.

Austin Packer Ladies Holloway Advocate Hoodie – $40

This is for those who love a good vintage look that’s a ladies’ fit. The 4.1 ounce Shantung heather hoodie is 88 percent polyester and 12 percent cotton blend and has a crossover hood with contrast binding. Anderson said that this hoodie has self-fabric cuffs with thumbholes and contrast color raglan sleeves with striped sleeves and a dropped tail.

Lyle-Pacelli Athletics Ladies District Hoodie – $35

This snazzy hoodie represents the best of both worlds for Lyle-Pacelli Athletics. Anderson describes this sweatshirt to have a 55/45 combed ring spun cotton/poly fleece blend and is thicker. The hoodie comes with a tear-away label and coverstitch details and raw edge details. A split v-neck, 2×2 rib-knit cuffs and hem, along with back neck tape and dyed-to-match drawcords, the proudest Athletics fans can represent their school that’s sure to make other districts green with envy.

Lyle-Pacelli Athletics Ladies Badger Performance Hoodie – $45

For maximum movement, the performance hoodie comes with the Badger sport paneled shoulder and a front pouch pocket with hook and loop closures for a headset opening, perfect for those in need to listen to music during their exercise routine. The hoodie comes with self-fabric cuffs and waistband with contrasting shoulder and sleeve panels.

Need to know if this is authentic Badger Performance wear? Check out the embroidered Badger logo on the left sleeve. The hoodie is 100 percent heathered polyester and has moisture management fleece fabric on the lower body.

Austin Packer Men’s Sport-Tek PosiCharge Heather T-Shirt – $20

A lightweight, 100 percent polyester jersey with PosiCharge technology that is snag-resistant, soft and durable. The shirt also has moisture wicking that is bleed resistant, thanks to the technology. It comes with a removable tag for comfort and set-in sleeves.