Random Acts of Trophy-ness: Introducing the Sue Heck Superhero Award!

For every head cheerleader and quarterback bound for trophy glory, there are dozens of hard-working, enthusiastic kids who will never win a trophy under normal circumstances.

Does that make them any less worthy of acclaim, any less worthy of our attention?

At Trophy Central, we think not! That’s why we’re introducing to you (drumroll, please!) the Sue Heck Superhero Award!

Winning with Can-Do Spirit

For anyone not in the know (and to those people we highly recommend you rectify the situation at once — plenty of laugh-out-loud moments await!) Sue Heck is a character played by Eden Sher on ABC’s sitcom The Middle.

Sue Heck is pro-active and undeterrable. When she didn’t make it onto her high school’s cheerleading team, she invented her own. Scrappy and resilient Sue Heck came up with the name and concept for The Wretlerettes, a squad of misfits who cheer with zest and fervor for their high school wrestling team.

Sue Heck has tried out for — and been rejected by — every possible team, sport and talent competition imaginable. Yet her can-do spirit always shines. She remains ever-positive, ever-optimistic and feels just as jump-up-and-down excited when she makes the “no cuts” Cross Country Team and “everyone gets in” Lunchroom Talent Show than she would have been to win the lead in a play or the yearbook award for Best Smile.

Turning Invisibility into a Super Power

The Sue Heck Superhero Award | Trophy CentralSue Heck, like a lot of pre-teens and teens (and grownups!) struggles to fit in, struggles to be seen and heard. While Jan Brady uses her middle child status to complain that her older sister, Marcia-Marcia-Marcia, gets all the attention, Sue Heck rises above her older brother Axl’s popularity and her younger brother Brick’s stand-out quirkiness by refusing to let her invisibility get her down. In fact, she uses her ability to “blend in” to secure Justin Bieber tickets! A local radio station in “The Middle” is giving away 200 free tickets to a Justin Bieber concert — to the first 200 people who wait in line overnight. Sue and her mom, Frankie Heck (played by the incomparable Patricia Heaton) have prime status in the “Bieber Fever” line, until a large group of people cut in front of them. So Frankie complains — with the cutters in front of them, there’s no way they’re going to get the Justin Bieber tickets — and amid the commotion, Sue slips (unseen, as always) in front of all the cutters, securing her a prime spot in line and winning her Justin Bieber tickets!

Sue Heck turns her so-called weaknesses into strengths, and it is this winning spirit that makes us at Trophy Central delighted to be in the business of delivering smiles. We believe Sue Heck is a superhero — and you should too!

Rewarding Sue Heck Superheroes — Show Us Your Sue!

We believe in celebrating all victories, big and small. And we are turning to YOU to help us find the Sue Heck Superheroes of the world!

Calling all teachers: Please reach out to us with the name of an untraditionally deserving student and tell us why this student deserves our Sue Heck Superhero Award!

Calling all employers: Tell us the name of a worker who doesn’t, perhaps, have the highest sales record, but who has a nice attitude or is always first to the office. Nominate someone who takes three buses to get to work but is always on time for our Sue Heck Superhero Award!

Calling YOU: Is there a Sue Heck in your life whose positivity is effervescent? Someone who always makes lemonade out of lemons, always sees the glass half full? We want to hear about this Sue Heck Superhero!

Nominate YOUR Sue Heck in the comments section below or send us an e-mail telling us why YOUR Sue Heck deserves the Sue Heck Superhero Award! We will be checking hashtags around social media, so use the hashtag #ShowUsYourSue to nominate the special Sue Heck in YOUR life. We will reward our favorite Sue Heck victory stories by sending out trophies to our favorite Sue Heck Superheroes.

Here’s to the underdogs, dream chasers, go-getters and Sue Hecks!

(Really, please do! Nominate YOUR Sue Heck Superhero now! We can’t wait to meet your Sue!)

DIY Trophy Bouquet Decor

We embrace everyone and everything creative. This week we are looking at an awesome DIY project. Weddings are really the time to put in and show your personality and creativity. A big theme for weddings lately has been rustic themes, and if you are looking toward doing something like that for your wedding, we have some serious floral DIY ideas that will take your rustic wedding theme to a whole other level and make your decor stand out from everyone else.

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Bringing in who you are and what you love into your wedding is so much fun, and really what a wedding should be. If you want to take this popular rustic theme and make it your own, you can use trophy bouquets to decorate any venue.

Find an old trophy cup you have. You can either keep its shine for an equestrian look, give it a rustic look for your rustic or vintage theme, or completely paint it to go with the color theme of your wedding or party.


For the horse lovers and beautiful equestrian goers who are planning on having this sport apart of their wedding, flowers in a trophy cup can be the most beautiful and fitting decor for your wedding. You can either leave it the way it is, or you can paint it with a metallic gold or silver paint. Make sure to find paint that works on metals. The bright colors against the gold or silver trophy cup will look amazing, and it is a simple and beautiful way to bring the floral and sport together.

The best part about this is you can use your beautiful ribbons from your shows in your wedding as well! We love this wedding look using the ribbons at each ends of the garland. This would look great for the head seating for the bride and groom. It might also be a fun idea to use them at the tables, possibly for menus or table decor.

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For the eclectic and rustic wedding theme, using trophies might not be your first thought, but finding your old trophies can be the best thing that happened to you. Find your old trophies and if they don’t have enough rust or ware to them you can do that on your own. One way is to use chalk paint and then once that is dry use antique medium over that with just a paper towel. You can also use a wire brush, which will definitely get the job done. After you have made them look just perfect you can really put any sort of flowers in to give you the eclectic and rustic look that no one else will have.


Here are other trophy bouquets ideas for any occasion or just around the house..




Create Your Dream Sports Room

We have been having some fun with Polyvore lately. We created an awesome sports room that any sports fanatic would want! If you are unfamiliar, Polyvore is an awesome site where you can create your own creations from fashion, to home settings to really anything with items you can find on the internet. Since we embrace creativity in everyone we totally love having fun with creating collections on Polyvore and what everyone else is able to create.

This is our sports room that we have created:

Dream sports roomWe were able to find some awesome items that you see int his room on the Polyvore site that people have already added to the site. Then we added some of our items to the site and then used them to create the ultimate sports bedroom for anyone.

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We have added our Acrylic Baseball display case, because showing off your signed ball, or game winning ball is really the best way to go. There is no better place for your pride and joy than right where everyone can see it. You know everyone will ask about it. We also have our Rectangular Glass Football Case on one of the top shelves. A signed or game winning football is one of the best ways to decorate a room. Of course because these sports items are so important and valuable, we want them to stay as safe from damage as possible.


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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 7.55.48 PMWe have, of course, added a few of our trophies. Right next to the bed we have our baseball trophy with year trim. A place next to the bed on your night stand is a great place for current year trophies. That win is still fresh, so you are definitely going to want to see your trophy when you first wake up and when you go to bed! Start your day off right and end it right with some positivity and good memories.

baseball glove, ball and bats award

One of our favorite awards is our Baseball Glove and Ball Award. This is so much fun, and really not like most trophies and awards. These are especially great for the young ones! They are of course so much fun to win, but look great in any kids room with any decor.. or toys! Plus, the darker stone color looks great against other shiny gold or silver trophies.


Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 7.55.48 PMThe last trophy we have on the shelf is one of our Metal Soccer Awards. These are so awesome because it takes the idea of a classic trophy with the color and shine, but them changed the shape from a tall column to exploding it into a soccer ball. What soccer player wouldn’t want to win a gold soccer ball and be able to see it every day on their shelf?

Polyvore is so much fun, and we recommend playing around with this if you can! Check out our page to get some inspiration and create your own set!

Send us a image or link of your dream sports room or any sort of sports set and we will share it! Can’t wait to see what you all create!