One of the best things about the internet is that it allows even a local sports team like ours to reach out to potentially anywhere in the world, to anyone with a common interest; Basketball, Honey Badgers or some other third thing. So it was really nice to get an email not so long ago from Amy, a representative of a Boys Basketball team in North Carolina. They had also chosen to adopt the talismanic figure of the Honey Badger for their team name. They had been searching the web for a suitable image and having found the Leith Honey badgers logo, had asked to use it for their own club.
Having put a fair bit of time and effort into creating the logo that I wanted to keep it as “ours”. I felt bad, because in the modern world of piracy and copyright infringement it’s a rare thing for someone to have the honesty and decency to ask permission to use someone else’s logo. I really appreciated the gesture of asking so wanted to do something to help them out!
You might not believe it but there were actually a couple of different versions of the logo (see some of the terrible early sketches above), it wasn’t just the first one I came up with that was used! At one point there was another design which I really liked but ultimately decided to drop in favor of the one we have worn this season. This design actually seemed a perfect fit for a boys team, so offered this as an alternative for them to use. I’m delighted to say that they were really happy with the logo I sent them and arranged to have had t-shirts made up. They were also very generous in that they sent over a finished t-shirt, complete with name on the back! It’s a perfect fit and I’m really impressed with the quality. Not only this but they also included a Charlotte Bobcats hat!! With the Bobcats soon to return to being called the Hornets this will surely become a rare piece of sports memorabilia.
I’ve got to say it was a really kind thing to do and I’m over the moon that they have a unique logo that they can use themselves, I have no doubts they will be the smartest looking team in their league! The other bonus has been finding out a bit about North Carolina through the correspondence exchanged, we definitely know what nice people they are and it would be great to visit someday. It’s also good to know there are other basketball Honey Badgers out there too.
Just no-one tell me that they wish we had kept North Carolina Honey Badgers logo instead!