My name is Steve Byrne, Owner of Ohio Sports Apparel. Sports have always been a very big part of my life. You could even say they are in my blood. My father was an athlete growing up, so as soon as I could walk, he had me playing catch out in the front yard with him after he would get home from work.
As a young kid growing up in Northwest Ohio, sports were always all around me. I was very fortunate to live in a neighborhood that had lots of kids my age, so every single day in the summertime we would get together for pick-up games of some sort, and play them all day long until it was too dark to see the ball anymore or it was time for dinner, whichever came first. I can remember in the winter months when it was raining or snowing outside, and all the other kids were inside watching cartoons, I would be outside shoveling off the drive, so I could shoot baskets. I would spend hours upon hours practicing whatever sport was in season. My neighbors must have thought that I was crazy, but I just couldn’t seem to get enough!
As I grew up, my passion for sports only became stronger, and led me to playing on every team that I possibly could; Little League, CYO basketball, midget football, junior high and then on my high school teams. I was even fortunate enough to play baseball at the college level at Ohio University. After college, I even played a few years of semi-pro baseball, and then played in a few Men’s Softball Leagues for a few years, until finally the injuries eventually forced me to retire to the great game of golf, which I now play as much as I am able to.
I would have to say though, as much as I enjoyed playing and participating in sports throughout the years, I am more passionate now, as a fan of Ohio sports teams, than I have ever been. I have seen so many great games over the years as a fan, that my love for these teams will never die. I remember when I was 10, my dad took me to my first Ohio State football game. I will never forget the electricity I felt when I walked in to St. John’s Arena for the first time and witnessed what is now called the "Skull Session". It was the first time I experienced being in a big crowd of screaming Buckeye fans, and I was totally and completely in awe. After that, I remember going into the “Horseshoe” and seeing 100,000 screaming fans cheering for Archie Griffin , Pete Johnson,and the great Coach Woody Hayes, along with the rest of that great Buckeye team. Then there was the first time I went to my first Cincinnati Reds game and got to see Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and the rest of the Big Red Machine, or the first time I walked into the old Cleveland Browns Stadium, so much history and great memories. Those are things that are forever imprinted in my memory and those are the things that have inspired me to pursue a lifelong dream of opening up this company, Ohio Sports Apparel.
We all want to support our favorite Ohio teams. We at Ohio Sports Apparel are dedicated to providing our customers with the best gear to keep them cheering in the stands, we have you covered! You take the game seriously, and we take that tradition seriously. If there is a product that you are looking for but don't see, drop us a line to let us know.
We know that there are a number of places that you could go to buy your favorite team's gear. We value the fact that you 've chosen to shop with us and we hope that you value that we support the values of good sportsmanship and camaraderie that make our Ohio teams great.
While getting geared up with us, we want you to be completely happy with your experience. If you have questions about us, our products, or are shipping, please feel free to reach out to us. We will work with you to make sure your experience is always great.