There’s the whistle! The kickoff! And they’re off! Athletics are in full swing at high school, prep schools, and colleges. Student athletes are giving their all for their teams, schools, and fans. A traditional reward for their efforts is the varsity letter. Varsity letters are a long-time symbol of student athletes’ dedication and achievement.
Varsity letters are usually in the shape of the first and/or second initial of the school name, for example “P” for Peru High School in New York or “DF” for Dobbs Ferry High School in New York. Their colors are part of the spirit and identity of each particular school, including red with a blue outline for Berlin High School in Connecticut and gold with a black outline for Trumbull High School in Connecticut.
|Peru High School’s
Peru, New York
|Dobbs Ferry High School’s Varsity Letter
Dobbs Ferry, New York
|Berlin High School’s
|Trumbull High School’s
Volunteering to Earn Varsity Letters
Keeping Varsity Letters Looking Good
Varsity letters have long been awarded to student athletes as a lasting reminder of the hours of practice, dedication, effort, and competition, as well as the valued friendships and relationships made as members of a high school or college sports team.
The Way it Was
The earliest example of the varsity letter in high school dates back to 1911 at Phoenix Union High School in the Arizona Territory. A student was pictured in the yearbook wearing a sweater with the letter “P” on the left side, according to an article in TribStar.com – Historical Treasure: Letter sweaters prized possessions. Letterman sweaters were regularly used to display the award from the 1890’s until about the 1930’s. From the late 1930’s until today, the Letterman’s jacket has been a way for athletes to display their letter.
Since the 1970’s and through the present time, there has been a growth of women’s sports which has reached a new high, commented Ali Shrode online on intersect. There are now more and more varsity letters awarded that require a place to be displayed and a way to be preserved.
The Way It Is
Presently, the Varsity Letter Frame has become a popular choice for athletes to not only display their award, but to preserve it for years to come.
|Rye High School
Varsity Letter Frame in Omega
Other blogs of interest
- Varsity Letter – What to do with it?
- Honoring a Former Rye High School Athlete – September 11
- Sports Photo Scholarship Contest 2012 Finalists Know How to Celebrate Their Athletic Victories!
- Sports Shadowboxes
- How Sports Can Prepare You For Success
Links of Interest
- WikiAnswers – What is a varsity letter?
- The Baltimore Sun – Varsity Letters blog about high school sports