Saturday, January 26, 2008

Profile: Jack Greenway, trophy maker

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Jack Greenway opened B & J Awards T-Shirts in Doraville in 1976 with his wife, Brenda. He makes and sells trophies, mostly to nearby recreational sports teams and businesses.

How long have you owned a trophy shop?

Since 1976. I used to work for another trophy shop and I decided to start my own.

Did you receive any trophies when you were a child?

I never got any when I was a kid. When I was 18, I won a trophy for drag racing. I don’t have it anymore. I think I gave it to my nephew.

For whom do you make the majority of your awards?

I generally make trophies for recreational sports like soccer, baseball, football and things like that. I do a lot with the Doraville Recreational Park.

What machines or special equipment do you use?

I have a special laser engraver and another standard engraver. I also have a special saw to cut the wood and other materials into the lengths that I need.

How do you feel about participation trophies?

The kids want and expect them. It’s not really for being the champion, it’s more for sentimental value. I used to coach myself and I always gave participation trophies to the kids I coached.

Do you think everyone is a winner?

I don’t think everybody is a winner. I think that these leagues where everyone plays and no one wins are wrong. It takes away the teaching aspect. The kids need to learn not to expect to be rewarded for things that they don’t accomplish. I think that people should keep score and that there should be a winner. I think competition is a good thing.

Do you make trophies for pranks or jokes?

I make more prank trophies for golf and bowling than other sports. Someone might order a golf trophy as a prank and they’ll have it inscribed with “Take Up Bowling.” I also sell a trophy with a horse’s rear end on it. People will get that one for someone who finishes last or something.

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