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 David and Lisah Barbour, along with Jimmy Van Epps 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, Asbury University, Kentucky Wesleyan University, Woodford County High School, Bryan Station High School, Henry Clay High School, George Rogers Clark High School, Ashland Independent Schools 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.
In April of 2018, Bumblebee Team Sports partnered with Brennan-Eberly Team Sports, based in Toledo, Ohio. This newly formed partnership enables Bumblebee Team Sports to serve our customers with increased buying power and additional national brands. Bumblebee Team Sports remains a Kentucky based company that will continue to provide the same level of local service that our customers have come to expect since we began the Bumblebee journey in 1991.
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. Since we own our production facility in Central Kentucky, we are able to turn around orders usually within a 2 week period, which far exceeds our competition.
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. We currently rank as one of Kentucky's largest screen printing and embroidery companies. Our state of the art online ordering platform allows us to customize online stores for schools, teams, businesses and governmental agencies throughout the nation.
Many of our 35 plus employees have coached youth or high school sports at one-time or another. Our production department has over 130 combined years of apparel decoration experience in the screen printing or embroidery areas.
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 State Championship for one of our schools, 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 our nine short years with adidas, we have gained elite three stripe status and are one of the 5 largest adidas team dealers in the nation.
We are proud of the business that we’ve built with our many partners in the past and we look forward to serving organizations throughout Kentucky and the central United States for many more years to come.