In 1970, Susan and Marris Bowen built a very small trophy business in a barn with Susan’s sewing money. It was only the fourth trophy company in the Memphis area. At the young age of 28, Susan Bowen took over and became one of the first female entrepreneurs in Memphis.
In 1978, Marris, Mike and Kenny Bowen, caught the “T-shirt fever,” a brand new trend that was sweeping the nation. In the beginning, they used heat transfers to create designs. Within three years, they turned out more tees than you could throw a pet rock at (ask your parents)! T-shirts with smiley faces, Elvis, Farrah Fawcett, Led Zeppelin, KISS, “I’m with Stupid” and others – and they sold them all.
Before long Marris, Mike and Kenny found the demand for custom printed T-shirts had outgrown the capabilities of their tiny heat presses. To keep up with the demand, the Bowens began screen printing custom T-shirts. In 1979, the whole family joined Susan’s successful trophy company and formed Champion Awards and Apparel. We’ve been at it
Forty-five years and more than 100 million T-shirts later, Champion Awards and Apparel is still family owned and operated. A belief that has allowed Champion to continue growing is our commitment to quality. We print and embroider more than 100 custom orders a day. Our great team allows us the flexibility to service any size order. As the Internet becomes the frontier for T-shirt design and creation, we present the next generation of our company as T-Shirt Champions.
With T-Shirt Champions, we’ve taken our 45 years of experience and built the most flexible, functional and FUN way for you to design T-shirts online. We’ve opened our vast art libraries to you, by creating easy-to-use templates based on millions of designs. T-Shirt Champion’s award-winning artists have created tutorials and are eager to help you design T-shirts like a pro!
We’ve never believed in middlemen, we’ve always printed and embroidered everything we sell. Now, our technology has made it possible to turn our facility into YOUR facility. We supply more than 10,000 designs, 100 colors of T-shirts, 3,000 unique apparel items and 50 ink colors to get you started.
We guarantee 100 percent happiness with every order with T-Shirt Champions.
It’s the Champion Way!
The Torch represents all the families, the teams, the schools, the non-profits, and the small businesses striving to be Champions. “Together We Can” create T-shirts the whole world will love! So, let’s pick up that Torch, and get started!